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Sermon: Not a Reed
Text: Matthew 11:2-15
Focus: Jesus reassures by his Word that the kingdom of God is coming.
Function: That they would not be discouraged in a fallen, broken world full of persecution.
Text: Luke 6:27-38
Focus: Our heavenly Father is merciful.
Function: That they would forgive one another as God in Christ Jesus forgave them.
Disciples of Jesus are blessed in this life–not just heaven–despite physical suffering and persecution.
Sermon: Blessed Are the Persecuted (Rejoice and Be Glad!)
Text: Matthew 5:10-12
Focus: God will bless and reward those persecuted for the name of Jesus.
Function: That they would persevere in faith and prayer for the persecuted Church.
Sermon: In Life and Death: Jesus
Text: Mark 6:14-29
Focus Statement: Even in the midst of suffering and persecution, we hope in Christ’s resurrection.
Function Statement: That they would take courage in our anti-Christian culture.
God works most powerfully in our troubles and trials.
God re-news us by his grace.
Sermon: Jesus’ Family
Text: Mark 3:20-35
Focus Statement: By faith, Jesus joins us into his new family, the Church.
Function Statement: That they would believe in their brother Jesus.