Sermon Archives

Kathy Bilderback
January 28, 2018

Jesus is the Center of our Faith: Christianity is discipleship

Christianity is not primarily a spiritual experience, a set of beliefs, or a one-time experience of forgiveness. Christianity is discipleship! It is following Jesus in daily life.  –Palmer Becker Following Jesus is a gift for life. As Anabaptist christians, we believe Jesus is the center of our faith. It impacts our life and transforms our […]

March 18, 2018

Me & You & Covenant New

In the new covenant there are no betweens and no go-betweens. We no longer have need of a go-between mediator; however, like the disciples, we may serve as go-betweens by pointing people directly to Christ. The promise is extended beyond the direct descendants, drawing all people in a relationship between Me (God) and You (the […]

April 1, 2018

Easter – Nothing Between Us

Jesus has risen – alleluia! God’s promise and God’s love have broken the barriers; there is nothing between us! God’s offers gates to righteousness to enter into his presence. Jesus is the cornerstone for the gates. We just need to see them and walk through to new life.

April 29, 2018

Jesus is the Center of our Faith – Jesus is Lord

Part 3 in Anabaptist Essentials Study As Anabaptist Christians we: choose to serve and have an attitude of Jesus Christ with humility and obedience to God choose our authority in Jesus Christ, not in self or in secular leaders choose to respect government but with Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives, there will be […]

May 27, 2018

Community is the Center of Our life: God’s Will is Discerned in Community

“History and experience tell us that to adequately discern God’s will, a healthy church needs a balance of three forms of communications. If any of these three is absent, or if the giving and receiving of counsel is absent in them, there is a lack in the discerning process. These three forms of communications are […]

June 17, 2018

Peacemakers ask for Help

In our scripture for today, we have two woman getting ready to host a dinner party. Martha is hard at work preparing for everything; however, her sister Mary is sitting at the feet of Jesus. Out of frustration, Martha chooses to ask for help from Jesus to know how to handle the conflict. Peacemakers ask […]

July 8, 2018

Members are Reconciled to Each Others

We continue in our study of Anabaptist Essentials, a book written by Palmer Becker. We are focusing on Reconciliation is the Center of our Work and this sermon is focused on reconciling with one another. The Matthew texts teach us how to work with those with whom we have conflict. These steps keep going if […]

July 15, 2018

Conflicts in the World are Reconciled

As Anabaptists, we believe God offers another way than choosing evil and killing as a response to conflict. History has shown nonviolence response is effective but it takes deep seeded values and an intense commitment to respond nonviolently. Jesus is a model and the martyrs of old have also provided models for maintaining faith in […]

September 2, 2018

Practicing Faith

Spiritual practices focus our vision so that the rest of life can come into perspective. This is the first in a series of 6 sermons focusing on faith practices or spiritual disciplines. Henri Nouwen writes that “spiritual disciples are nothing more and nothing less than ways to create a room where Christ can invite us […]

September 23, 2018

Practicing Faith: Fasting: Making Room

Faithful fasting makes room for God’s kingdom to come. How are we practicing making room for God in our lives? It is sitting with emptiness, when we can find the full presence of God, find fulfillment in God. This week we are practicing fasting, giving up food in order to give into God’s presence and […]

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