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Has it ever dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God? He knew before the world began that His people would face hardship, so He gave us His Word. The Book of Ephesians is a survival manual—it equips believers to thrive in a world that hates the message of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle writes to encourage believers to live well—we’ve been lifted from the graveyard of sin and called to shout the gospel into the darkened world.
Join Leonia Church this summer as we walk through the powerful words of Paul. We’ll dig into the text of Ephesians verse-by-verse and challenge one another to live out the gospel. If the people of your city, of your school, of your family are going to experience the gospel, it’s going to be through you. Encounter Ephesians, and get swept up into the story of Jesus.
Join us in August for a new sermon series: “Three Questions… No One Asks Aloud.” Taking inspiration from Philip Yancey’s book, Disappointment with God, we will explore the odd disparity between our concept of God and the realities of life. How can God be so hungry for relationship with us and yet seem so distant? Why, if God cares for us, do bad things happen? What can we expect from God after all?
In September, Leonia Church will embark on “The Year of Loving Our Neighbor.” Our goal is to seriously reconsider the second of the great commandments, the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Who is our neighbor? What does it mean to love our neighbor? If this is the second most important thing that Jesus wants us to do, how can we be intentional about doing it, and how can we do it better? During “The Year of Loving Our Neighbor,” Leonia Church will emphasize very small, simple steps every Christian… every child of God… can take to love others in concrete ways that demonstrate the love of God and reveal Jesus Christ.
To lay a foundation and get us started on the journey, Pastor David will preach a series called “FLESH: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth” based on the book of the same title by Hugh Halter. The point of the series is to think about how Jesus is the incarnation of God – God made human – and how, after his ascension, the Church is now to be the Body of Christ – a new incarnation.
The Assurance of Faith
Beyond the Shadows of Doubt and Disappointment
Do you have significant doubts about God? Are you afraid to doubt, much less admit to anyone that you aren’t fully convinced of God’s faithfulness? Are you so torn by your questions that life is losing its meaning?
In this forthright but compassionate sermon series, we will work to tear away the layers of misunderstanding about doubt to reveal not only its dangers but its great value.
In Christ we have salvation as a gift of grace. But what is our responsibility? Maybe you’re confused about the various requirements different Christians say accompany being a follower of Christ. Galatians raises questions of law: What rules should a Christian follow? Are we exempt through Christ?
These sermons from Galatians help us understand what God–not others–requires of his followers and how we can live out our faith in both obedience and freedom.
Join us on Sunday this advent as we explore four components of deep and satisfying community… Holy Spirit-filled community… community worthy of Jesus.
For six weeks this summer, Pastor David Wehrle and Seminary Intern Sung Woo Lee will lead Leonia United Methodist Church in an exploration of evangelism – regarded by many mainline Protestants as the dreaded “E-word.” This preaching series will take a deeper look at the Lilly Endowment study findings found in the book by Martha Grace Reese.
Evangelism books generally presume everyone wants to do evangelism, so they tell you how to do it. Four years of Lilly Endowment-funded research has demonstrated conclusively that most people would rather go get a root canal than think about evangelism!
JOIN US FOR A JOURNEY THROUGH THE STORY IN 2014!
The Story is a book of selections from the Bible, arranged chronologically, that reads like a novel. During this unique 31-week experience, you will have an opportunity to read The Story. Each week, you will have an opportunity to hear Pastor David preach from the chapter of the story that you have just read. In your small group, you will have the opportunity to share and discuss The Story with friends. Come discover together with us how our story is found in God’s story!