April 20, 2014 Easter Sunday

Sermon: “What a Difference That Day Makes”
Theme: If we will embrace and live in the joy of the resurrection we become confident of God’s steadfast love filling all of the days of our lives.
Scriptures:  John 20:1-18 John tells of the resurrection.
Colossians 3:1-4 If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above.

What is meant by “If you have been raised with Christ?” Are we raised with Christ by believing in him? What is the difference between believing in the resurrection and not believing in the resurrection? Do we have to believe the resurrection is a “scientific fact” in order to know Christ’s love? What is the gift of God’s love that is so great that it cannot be defeated by death? Can we affirm with Mary, “We have seen the lord!”?

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April 6th 2014 “The Courage to be Christ Like”

Sermon: “The Courage to Be Christ Like”
Theme: God calls us to practice a self-sacrificing, Christ like love that brings us closer to God as we are part
of healing and renewing the world.
Scriptures: Matthew 6:1, 5-15 Do not practice your spirituality for others.
Philippians 2:1-13 Christ submitted and emptied himself, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
Questions: What does it mean to be “Christ like?” What is the difference between being religious and being
spiritual? What happens when you have religion that is empty of spirit? What happens when we participate
with Christ in making sacrifices for others? How are we affected by giving of ourselves and practicing Christ
like love for the world? Where do we find the courage to be like Christ? How do we offer the sacrifice of our
heart and our commitment to Christ?

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 4th Sunday of Lent Emotional Courage

Sermon: “The Courage to Be Ourselves”
Theme: We grow in emotional courage as we learn to be shaped and molded by God’s Holy Spirit and Christ’s love.
Purpose: The congregation will explore the difference between holding fast to their own relationship with God and accepting others, as they are.
Scriptures: Ephesians 4:22-32 do not let the sun go down on your anger. be kind to one another.
John 14:18-27 I will not leave you orphaned, those who keep my commandments will show their love.


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Sunday, March 23, 2014 3rd Sunday of Lent Social Courage

Sermon: “The Courage to Come Together”
Theme: We develop the courage to let God be our source of strength and let go of past battles, issues, and conflicts.
Scriptures: Matthew 6:9-15 “Forgive us as we forgive others”
1 John 4:7-13, 17-21 We cannot love God and hate our brother or sister, love creates boldness.
What is the courage we need to show as a community? How do we encourage courage in one another? What is the difference between forgiveness as individuals and practicing acceptance as a community? What courage does it take to be people who shape their community? What courage do we need today in Fond du Lac? What courage are we growing as we worship and pray together?


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Sunday, March 16, 2014 2nd Sunday of Lent Physical Courage

Sermon: “The Heart of a Lion”
Theme: We develop the courage to act, or not to act as we learn the disciplines that God teaches us.
Scriptures: Romans 12:9-21 Do not repay evil for evil
Matthew 18:21-35 Forgive from the heart.

Questions: In what ways are we physically courageous? What does courage demand of our actions and our manner of caring for ourselves? What does courage have to do with forgiveness? In what ways is forgiveness an act of caring for our own lives? Does it take more courage to fight and enter into conflict or to end a conflict or a battle? How is courage a necessary part of creating peace?

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Sunday, March 9, 2014 1st Sunday of Lent Intellectual and Moral Courage

Sermon: “Growing a Courageous Heart”
Theme: Intellectual and moral courage begin from a relationship with God and grows into honesty, truthfulness, and kindness.
Scriptures: Matthew 5:33-37 Let your yes be yes and your no be no.
Psalm 19:7-14 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (choosing what to fear)

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March 2, 2014 Communion

Sermon: “For Such a Time as This”
Theme: If we will hold fast to our faith, God will place us in circumstances where we can be used.
Purpose: To focus on developing courage and trust in God, even in the face of threats or loss of control.
Esther Struggled with choice between power and royalty, to do the right thing.
Scriptures:  Esther 2:9-11, 17-18; 3:12-14 Esther becomes queen, and finds herself needing to take the risk of interceding on behalf of her people.
                             Philippians 2:12-18 We are called to serve, holding fast to the Word and trusting.

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February 23, 2014

Sarah, Faith when life is out of control.

Sermon: “Faith When We Are Out of Control”
Theme: Sarah continued on, though she had no control over the situations in her life, and though she did not trust God at His word, she was still blessed by God.
Purpose: To understand faith is about being willing and offering ourselves to God, not being perfect.
Scriptures: Genesis 18:1-13 The Lord Appears to Abraham and Sarah, Sarah laughs at what is prophesied.
Hebrews 11:8-16 By faith, Abraham and Sarah were able to pursue their “homeland” and to see promises fulfilled.

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February 16, 2014

Moses Started out a “Basket Case” and struggled with what God wanted of him.
Sermon: “Moses: Called, but Not Qualified”
Theme: God accomplishes through us, not by our capabilities or by our luck, but by God’s intention and miracles.
Purpose: To learn to be faithful first, and then worry about the works that are at hand.
Scriptures: Exodus 4:10-17 Moses complains that he is not able to fulfill what God is asking of him.
Romans 8:26-30 God works through our weakness, we are destined to success.

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February 9, 2014

Elijah the Prophet Struggling with personal weakness and faith.
Sermon: “Weary and Faithful”
Theme: Elijah struggled with anxiety, fear, and was overwhelmed – God gave healing by giving him meaningful work to accomplish.
Purpose To see in Elijah that God equips even those who are suffering mental illness and terrible anxiety to be a part of the work of God’s grace.
Scriptures: 1 Kings 19:3-16 God speaks to Elijah in the midst of his despair.
Romans 8:31-39 Our outer nature is wasting away but we are renewed from within.


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