Sermons

Oh, Hell No!

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen April 21, 2019 Easter Matthew 28:1-15a Sometimes the Holy Spirit plants a seed in my mind for a sermon theme, and I can’t shake it. In fact, that’s what happened to me this week. Often, when that happens, part of me is really excited like, “Oooh, this is going to be great!” The other part of me is like, “Well, this is it. This is the thing that gets me kicked out of the church permanently.” But as Jesus said, the Spirit blows where it will…and so the title of your Easter sermon is: "Oh, Hell ...
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May we see!

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen April 7, 2019 Scripture: 2 Cor 5:16-20 Last week, we talked about what our Methodist hero John Wesley called “The Scripture Way of Salvation.” In it, he identifies three movements of God’s grace: prevenient grace, justifying grace, and sanctifying grace. I know those are three big words today. But this is really review from last week – so we’ve got this. So let’s start with prevenient grace. Prevenient grace comes first. It is the grace of God that is with us and guiding us even before we are aware of it. It is the grace that ...
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World’s Shortest Sermon

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen March 31, 2019 Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-10 The title of this sermon is "World's Shortest Sermon." You’re welcome. This week as I was preparing, I had fantasies of standing up, saying two words, and then sitting back down. In my fantasy, you were very disappointed. But as you can see, now that we are about 100 words in, I ditched that idea, so settle in folks. It’s going to be a long one. I came up with this two-word thing because I was reading a sermon by John Wesley. As you know, Wesley is the founder of ...
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No one has ever seen God…

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen March 24, 2019 Scripture: 1 John 4:7-12 Everybody's got some kind of flood story by now, right? With flooding all around us here in Omaha, almost all of us have had friends or family or at least acquaintances who have been affected. Some of us may have even been personally been affected – in big and small ways. So here’s my little flood story. A week ago Thursday, my daughter Ruby and I decided to make a quick trip down to Kansas City. We left around supper time on Thursday and planned to head back home ...
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I Hope You Dance

By Rev. Chris Jorgensen March 17, 2019 John 14:15-27 Recently, I was at a meeting with other United Methodist pastors. And as we talked, we were sort of comparing “how Methodist” each of our congregations were. During the conversation, one of my colleagues said his church was not very Methodist. He said “I don’t think my people have any idea what the Wesleyan Quadrilateral is.” Well, I probably don’t have to tell you that I was shocked. Appalled. And then I was terrified. I thought, “Could that happen here? Could we be a United Methodist Church that doesn’t know what ...
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