Rev. Alex Mandura - Mark 5:1-20. Many of us want Jesus to bring healing to our hurts and even resolution to our long- standing problems that have become a part of who we are. We want our identities to be changed and transformation to take place. However, we may not be aware or ready for the effect that the healing has upon, not just ourselves, but on our relationships and our community. The miracle of the healed demoniac confronts us with the reality that transformational healing can still take place and lives are still changed because of it.
Rev. Beau Hamner - Luke 17:11-19Jesus oftentimes finds us in places in which we are stuck, places that are “between.” In those places, we know we need Jesus, even if it is just his pity. Out of desperation we are willing to obey while accepting his pity. We settle, as if his pity is all that he wants to offer us. In doing so, we fail to receive the full transformation that can take place in our lives. This transformation can only take place when we discover the fullness of Christ and surrender at his feet.
Rev. Steve DeNeff - John 9:1-25. Over the years, we have developed many clever methods for leading people to Christ but none are more compelling than the witness of one who’s seen a miracle. An evangelist (euangelistes) is not a salesman, but simply a messenger of good; someone who has witnessed a miracle. Anyone who has had their own eyes opened can testify. This sermon will show us how to witness, using the miracle that happened once to us.
Rev. Eric Crisp - Many of us want to live our lives on the shores of Christianity listening to the great teachings of Jesus and looking for a miracle to help or amaze us. But, like Simon Peter, Jesus may be asking us to do something that seems risky or ridiculous when viewed thru the lens of our experience. It is when Jesus asks us to move out into the deep water that we often see a miracle. The miracle of the large catch of fish challenges us to follow Jesus into the deep water of disciple-making and trust him to produce the miraculous increase..
Rev. Steve DeNeff - Why is this “the first (archon – the ruling, the overarching, the predominant) miracle that Jesus performed?” In this introduction to the series on Jesus’ miracles, we’ll explore how the turning of water into wine, at a wedding in Cana, was typical of everything Jesus came to do. The whole gospel – the covenant, the mystery, the good news for those who have run out of wine – is present in this first miracle. This message will, I hope, inspire us to appreciate what we have, to go into the world and share it with hope, and to believe again in the miracle of transformation..
Rev. Steve DeNeff - John 17:20-23, 25-26; Eph. 4:1-6. For some, the most significant affect of the Holy Spirit is that He joins us to fellow believers, to whom we belong. In Paul’s letters, three metaphors explain how, exactly, the Spirit does this: A body, a family and a temple. In each, the Spirit does something miraculous to join us to the people of God who serve to assist the Holy Spirit in forming us. This last sermon will explore this crucial link between the individual believer and the Body of Christ.