"discipleship" Tagged Sermons

Ash Wednesday – John Newton and the courage to repent.

John Newton and the courage to repent. In the season of Lent and on Easter, we look at Saints who paid for their discipleship hoping their example will inspire us and give us directions as to where our path of discipleship will lead us. Our example of the courage it takes to repent is John Newton, the writer of the Hymn Amazing Grace. He was a slave ship captain, taking black people into bondage, taking them on the grueling middle…

Thunderstorm

Thunderstorm Have you ever been in a thunderstorm that was so bad that you thought this could be the day that your journey on this world ends? The weather in Germany is usually quite moderate, but sometimes the weather makes up for the usually good behavior. And then it feels like an angry deity is throwing around thunderbolts. They often hit old trees and split them apart with a force that was unknown to medieval people before humans started experimenting…

Some Things Never Change – Mark 10: 2-16

Some Things Never Change – Mark 10: 2-16 We are living in times of great changes. But God put us here now for a reason. When major change leads to major confusion, we are here to proclaim God’s everlasting word and truth. God gave us the great commandment to love God and neighbor as ourselves. This was true for our ancestors, it is true for ourselves, and it will be true for our grandchildren as well. Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon,…

Continue the Mission – Luke 24:44-53

Continue the Mission – Luke 24:44-53 Repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47) In Jesus’ name, repentance and forgiveness are to be proclaimed to all nations. All nations mean everybody. Not just Jews. Start in Jerusalem, but then continue with everybody who is left. Proclaiming God’s grace to everybody created the church. Jesus gave us a gift. He reconciled us with God. And he gave us a…

Jesus guides us to a life of love and compassion.

Jesus guides us to a life of love and compassion. Today, we will look into the third and last part of the sermon on the plain in the Gospel of Luke. Here, Jesus teaches us some of the most important values and attitudes which define Christian life. As followers of Jesus, we build a deep foundation of love and compassion within ourselves, so that these values become strong enough to guide our everyday actions. Rev. Kristin Luana Baumann, sermon, Holy…

The Tongue is a Fire

The Tongue is a Fire Sermon series on the Letter of James. 3 of 4. The tongue is a fire. Words are powerful. Even before our times of the rapid spread of fake news on social media, rumors, lies, and gossip travelled fast and wide, and successfully destroyed reputations, livelihoods, and even lives. But the technical means available to us today through the world-wide-web and social media have greatly multiplied the effectiveness of lies, rumors, and propaganda. I want to…

What Does it Mean to be Great in Jesus Eyes?

What Does it Mean to be Great in Jesus Eyes? Sermon series on the Letter of James. 2 of 4 When God came down to earth in form of the simple carpenter’s son with the name Jesus, God chose to live a humble life. God chose to experience human life from the downside, not the upside. After all, God could also have chosen to come to earth in form of a great king or military hero, but God didn’t. And…

Nobody is Perfect!

Nobody is Perfect! Sermon series on the Letter of James; 1 of 4 Life is not perfect; we are not perfect; perfection is not what Christian living is about. Faith is a journey, and the foundation of Christian discipleship is faith in God. The wisdom we need to embark on this journey comes from God. It’s God’s wisdom, not ours. Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights (James…

The ascended Jesus is very close to us.

The ascended Jesus is very close to us. God-in-Christ experiences life on earth as a human being, just like you and I do. And that is what enables us to follow in Jesus’ footsteps as his disciples. We can follow Jesus’ way of being human as we would follow a compass, which leads us to a life of love, caring and generosity. And then, after death, we follow Christ into resurrected life, because in our mutual love, we are eternally…

How to Keep our Children Safe

How to Keep our Children Safe We live today in a deeply divided country. Our generation, my generation, is waging partisan wars with each other. Every question, every problem, every national tragedy is immediately sorted into the most extreme partisan positions, from which no solution, no compromise can be found. And what that really means is that we are leaving our children with a mountain of unsolved problems, which grows larger every day. Like everybody else, I am devastated because…

Listen to God Calling

Listen to God’s Call As church and as individuals, God has a specific call for us in this time and place. Nathaniel had an epiphany: a sudden and deep understanding of Christ’s true nature. Obviously, Nathaniel did not plan that. Epiphanies in general are unplanned, spontaneous events. Many people never know this one extraordinary moment, in which they are certain to have encountered God. For most people, discerning God’s call is rather an ongoing process than a one-time experience. Developing…

The Gospel of Light

The Gospel of Light The ‘Gospel of Light’ in John’s first chapter provides us with this memorable image of how Jesus works in our lives: The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it. First of all, I would like to use this opportunity to give a big shout-out to darkness. Really, without darkness, there would be no way that we could value, or even recognize light. Also, darkness in itself is not always a bad…