What Disciples Do: Resist Greed

Please read Luke 16:1-13 and use these notes to prepare for Sunday morning worship. Sermon Focus: Resist Greed Key Verse: “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.  If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest … [Read more…]

What Disciples Do: Disciples Don’t Judge

Please read Luke 18: 8-14 and use these notes with the sermon. Sermon Focus: Disciples Don’t Judge Key Verse: Luke 18: 11 “The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.” What labels, such as those in … [Read more…]

What Disciples Do: Wrestle with God

Please read Genesis 32: 22-31 and use these notes for study with the sermon. Sermon Focus: Disciples Wrestle with God Key Verse:  Genesis 32: 24 “Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.” Have you ever felt alone and wrestling? What keeps your faith alive in moments like these? Key Verse: Genesis … [Read more…]

What Disciples Do: Take Faith Seriously

Please read Luke 14:24-33 and use these notes to reflect on the sermon. Sermon Focus: Take Faith Seriously Key Verse: “Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” What does it mean for you to carry the cross? How far are you willing to follow Jesus? Key Verse: “So therefore, none … [Read more…]

Questions of Faith – Is Heaven For Real?

A Study Guide for September 4th Questions of Faith  Today’s Faith Question: Is Heaven for real? Please read Revelation 21 and use these notes to prepare for Sunday morning worship. Sermon Focus: “On Afterlife” Key Verse: Revelation 21: 4    “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be … [Read more…]

Unconditional Forgiveness

Continuing our sermon series on Joseph’s story from the book of Genesis. http://saratogaspringsumc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Unconditional-Forgiveness.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS

Risk-taking Mission and Service

Risk-taking: the practice of taking action which might have undesirable consequences. Key Verse: Matthew 25:35-36 “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison … [Read more…]

Intentional Faith Development

Key Verse:  Ephesians 4: 12-13 “The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son … [Read more…]