God’s Glory-Sharing

Two Sundays ago, I preached a sermon called “Jesus’ Missionary Prayer” from John 17. Here’s a snippet: So because God is complete in his Trinitarian love and glory-sharing, the reason we exist cannot be because God needs us to love and glorify him. The reason for mission cannot be that he needs us to find more people to love him, as if he lacked love. He already has that in himself. The only possibility is that God wants to share his glory with men and women so that we might be filled and complete as we behold his glory. Carly … Continue reading God’s Glory-Sharing

Looking Forward to Wearing a White Robe

Here’s a segment of a sermon I preached called “You Can Change” from Colossians 3:1-17: In a passage that accentuates the tension between what we are in Christ and what we experience in our daily life on earth, Paul gives us a tremendous word of promise.  Right now, in our effort to put on virtue, we wrestle with sin and brokenness. We are marred and, in some way, not yet whole. We have been raised with Christ, yet there is still a stain inside of us. And this stain inclines us toward evil. Our efforts to live virtuously will always … Continue reading Looking Forward to Wearing a White Robe

When Jesus Died, Death Died

Last Thursday, our senior pastor and his wife lost their twenty-four year old son to a failed liver transplant. Yesterday, I stood in to preach for our pastor. In my short time of preaching and teaching, this was the hardest message I’ve ever given. The message was designed to help people feel the truth that death is not how it’s supposed to be, and one day, Jesus will finally make all death come untrue. God was gracious to greatly encourage many people in our congregation to fix their eyes on Jesus in the midst of so much pain. I’m praying … Continue reading When Jesus Died, Death Died

My Candidating Sermon at Grace Chapel

For those of you who are interested, you can listen to my candidating sermon from June 16, 2013, at Grace Chapel. I preached on “Christ and Christ Crucified” from 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. I have included the full manuscript text below. “Christ and Christ Crucified” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 James Pruch June 16, 2013 Introduction One of the real dangers in life is focusing on nice things, rather than essential things. Vacations are nice, but work is essential. Ice cream is nice, but whole grains and meats and vegetables are essential. Recess is nice, but learning how to read and how to … Continue reading My Candidating Sermon at Grace Chapel

Jesus: The True and Better Joseph

This is a series of three messages I gave a camp for foster boys at Teen Reach Adventure Camp in Nebraska. This is not an exact manuscript, but it has the general form and content of the actual messages. A Messy Family (Day 1) For the next three days we are going to be spending time in the Bible. We need to get to know it. The Bible is composed of 66 smaller books and is divided into two sections called the Old Testament and the New Testament. There are 39 books in the OT and 27 in the NT. The Bible … Continue reading Jesus: The True and Better Joseph