Southwest UMC


Sermons

  • Video – Good News

    This Week’s Text: Philippians 4:4-9

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  • Keep On

    This Week’s Text: Philippians 4:4-9 Writing a final sermon is hard. I looked at some examples of farewell speeches—from presidents, war heroes, sports legends, TV personalities. I looked at good-byes in the Bible. It was in looking at all of these examples that I found resonance with Paul’s farewell in Philippians, our Scripture passage for today. […]

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  • The Scandalous Kingdom of God

    This Week’s Text: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Matthew’s primary goal with his telling of the Gospel was to prove that Jesus was the Messiah and King promised in the Old Testament. Over and over again, Matthew will describe something Jesus said or did and then say something like, “this was to fulfill what was written in…” and […]

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  • Opposite Day

    This Week’s Text: John 3:1-17 “Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night…” What a way to start a story. There is so much here that sets the tone for what is about to come. And what is about to come? Only the most famous Bible verse […]

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  • Better Without Jesus

    This Week’s Text: John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Today, we celebrate Pentecost, but like last week with Ascension Sunday, the Scripture we read this morning was not the traditional Pentecost reading of Acts 2. We are looking at how Jesus prepared his disciples for this day. On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came in power—big and visible. The Holy […]

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  • The Church’s First Decision

    This Week’s Text: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Today we are looking at the church’s first decision. So, let’s set the scene: Jesus has ascended to heaven, the eleven remaining disciples and a crowd of others who had followed Jesus were together in a house, and they are praying and waiting for the promised Holy Spirit. What would […]

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  • Because I Said So

    This Week’s Text: John 15:9-17 “Because I said so…” I thought this would be an apt sermon title for mother’s day. This is usually said in response to the question, “Why?” There is a certain point in the life of a child where the question “why?” seems to dominate. At first, I am sure its cute, […]

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  • Every Branch Gets Pruned

    This Week’s Text: John 15:1-8 Today’s passage paints a vivid image. We have a vine-grower, a grape vine, and its branches. It describes how the vine-grower removes the branches that bear no fruit so that the resources can better flow to the branches that are productive. But the pruning doesn’t stop there. When you prune the […]

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  • Shake It Off

    This Week’s Text: 1 John 3:16-24 Love is such a buzzword isn’t it? Have you ever noticed that so many people like to talk about love, but they never want to define it? The writer of 1 John jumps right in from the start and carries through the passage a very specific and clear definition of […]

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  • What Do I Say?

    This Weeks’ Text: 1 John 1:1-2:2 One of the most common things I get asked as a pastor is the title of today’s sermon, “what do I say?” in reference to evangelism. The 1 John passages begins, “we declare… what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at […]

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