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Sermons by Greg Pennington

God’s Heroes: Two Widows

(I Kings, 17:10-16, Mark 12:38-44; message begins at 24:00) There are many references to widows in the Bible, two stories show us what God values in a person. The widow in Zarephath truly believed she and her son were going to eat their last meal. Yet, she obeyed the prophet of God without questions. Jesus…

Calling Everyday Saints

(Mark 12:28-34, sermon begins 27:50) What is a saint? You don’t have to be dead to be seen as a saint in the eyes of God. Saints live out their daily lives seeking to live out the words of the two Great Commands. So what does it mean to love the Lord with all your…

I Want To See

(sermon begins at 27:15, Mark 10:43-52) Pastor Pennington compares two instances of people asking Jesus to do something for them: James and John ask for privilege and power; blind Bartimaeus asks for Christ’s mercy and grace so that he may see. “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus.” Mark 10:…

The Place of God’s Holy Word in Our Lives

(message begins at 27:18, Mark 10:35-45) Will you see God’s Word as a sacred revelation that actually changes your life? How do we know what truth is? Will you allow the Word of God to study you? Misunderstanding of the Word often occurs. Blessedly, The Word instructs and corrects our misunderstandings. It convicts our spiritual…

Embracing God’s Family

(sermon begins 20:25) Mark 10:29-31 When Jesus taught about relationships, He gave us a new vision of who is in our family. He taught that we will be blessed mightily when we embrace loving people who are not like us. Even more so, when we embrace people we don’t particularly like we will find joy…

As a Child

(sermon begins 18:55) Mark 10:13-16 Jesus’ approach to transforming His followers was and is all about relationship. Our faith is to be as a child’s faith–trusting, willing, unencumbered. “The way God chooses to show His embrace is through His disciples. Love and act like Christ. If we are to offer this love to those who…

Life-Giving Holiness

(sermon begins at 18:30) James 3:13-18 ~ James uses these words: “pure”, “wisdom from above” for Holiness. It is a holy heart reoriented by God’s Holy Love. It is not something distant and impossible. It is all about becoming pure and wise in the community of others who seek Jesus’ purposes. We cannot become holy…

The Way is the Jesus Way

Mark 8:27-38 What does the Way that Jesus told us to follow? What is the only way to true joy and fulfillment? It is not the way of our culture. It is avoided. It is not easy. What is that Way? Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross…