A Sermon for Confirmation

“You’ve Got a Ticket to Ride”

Romans 12:1-2 (NRSV)

Rev. John Gill.  Preached May 20, 2018

If I were to ask you what the most important book of the Bible is, what would you say?  Probably Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John – and, of course, you would be right, because without the Gospels, we wouldn’t know the story of Christ.  But this morning, I’d like to suggest that there is another book equal in importance:  Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

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Sermon #5

Ten Commandments Series: “10 Keys to the Joyful Life”
#5:  “God’s Code of Honor”

Exodus 20:12  and   Matthew 15:1-11 (NLT)

Pastor John Gill

Years ago in one of my churches, I preached a sermon series based on children’s stories and fairy tales, a series I called, “The Gospel According to ‘Once Upon a Time.’”  (Maybe I’ll do that here someday.)   It was a lot of fun to think about beloved stories from our childhood from a whole new perspective, to see what biblical truths they convey.  We all love fairy tales. Continue reading

Sermon #4

Ten Commandments Sermon Series:  “10 Keys to the Joyful Life”
#4:  Productive Idleness

Ex. 20:8-11 and Ex. 16:4-5,11-30  (shorten version 16:4-5,17-23a,27-30) (NLT)

By Pastor John Gill

One day, the preacher came and had dinner at Bobby’s house.  The minister leaned over and said to Bobby, “You never go fishing on Sunday, do you, son?”  “Oh, no sir!”  “That’s a good boy, Bobby.  Now – can you tell me WHY you don’t go fishing on Sunday?”  “Yes, sir,” said Bobby.  “’Cause Pa says he doesn’t want to be bothered with me!”

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Sermon #3

Series: “10 Keys to the Joyful Life”
#3: “Called to Live in the Power of God’s Name”

Exodus 20:7  and  Acts 19:11-16 (NRSV)

By Pastor John Gill

What’s with all the swearing in politics today?  In this past election cycle, a number of candidates freely used vulgarities in speeches and public comments that would have been unthinkable until recent years.  Politicians have always been guilty of muttering curses under their breath – when they are off-mike or in the privacy of cocktail parties or private meetings, but today, a number of politicians seem to be spewing out profanities deliberately as a tactic to get noticed or to seem tough.  And it seems that the American public is now OK with it.  A sad development.

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Sermons #2

“Ten Keys to a Joyful Life”
#2:  “Is Your God too Small?”

Exodus 20:4-6  and  Jeremiah 10:1-10 (NIV)

Pastor John Gill

It was Sunday morning on a military base, and all the young enlistees were in chapel.  The chaplain that day was especially concerned about the moral decay of young people, so he preached a powerful sermon on the Ten Commandments.  As they filed out of chapel, one of the soldiers leaned over to his buddy and said . . .   “Well, at least I haven’t made any graven images!”

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Sermon #1

Series: Ten Keys to the Joyful Life
April 15, 2018 #1: First Things First

Exodus 20:2-3 and Mark 12:29-31 (NIV)

Pastor John Gill

I want you to listen carefully to this statement, and see if you agree: “The Ten Commandments are the primary utterances and most basic commands of God, the guiding principles for how we should relate to God and to others, and the foundation on which a civilized society should be built.”
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