Sermons by Jim Larson

Sermons by Jim Larson

Finding Strength for the Journey

If you’ve ever found yourself in survival mode emotionally or spiritually, you know how helpless you can feel. As we begin a new study on the book of Joshua in Joshua 1 this Sunday, we begin a journey on the pathway to victorious Christian living. Our journey will be marked by important lessons, both positive and negative, but the key is that God wants us to do more…

Getting Ready for Communion

(Click on “Save” above to download this week’s sermon notes.) It’s a “show-and-tell” Sunday as parents bring their kids into the main service. We’ll show them Jesus through the communion’s symbols and tell them through the visuals that we see in John 13:1-17. They’ll participate in multi-generational worship and then…

A Stark Alternative

(Click on “Save” above to download this week’s sermon notes.) Sunday we complete the picture we started last week in Galatians 5:13-26, starting at verse 22. It’s my prayer that we will help demystify the confusion of what it means to live in the Spirit and to keep in step with him. I consider this concept to be one of the most fundamental and most…

Recovery

We’ve all seen the “funny” videos of people getting tripped up. I guess it’s funny if nothing more happens, but you can really get hurt with a bad fall. We don’t just stumble physically, we trip spiritually due to some teaching, situation, or person. All of a sudden we are out of sync with God and with believers and others around us. Sunday…

What Changed Everything

(Click on “Save” above to download this week’s sermon notes.) Three great elements come together to make this a Sunday you won’t want to miss. In the first element we see What Changed Everything in a great passage in Galatians 4:1-7 that shows us where our grace alone journey all began and what difference it makes in both our eternal and everyday…

You Can’t Have It Both Ways

(Click on “Save” above to download this week’s sermon notes.) Have you ever seen before & after photos? They promote home makeovers, weight loss plans, exercise programs, and countless other things. They have one thing in common; they show a previous sad state followed by a bright optimistic present with a great future. That’s what we see on…

No Turning Back

(Click on “Save” above to download this week’s sermon notes.) NO TURNING BACK Galatians 3:1-14 It’s easy to believe that what bothers God most is a life that is filled with obvious, gross, super-immoral sin. We see those lives, shake our heads and say, “those people really need God!” We seldom have that same response to upstanding role…

When Compromise Trumps Conviction

ONE FAITH, ONE FAMILY Studies in Galatians We’ve all been there before – in an uncomfortable situation or conversation where silence or outright compromise of our faith or principles stares us down. There’s an opportunity to do right and we blow it. Why do we do it? Sunday in Galatians 2:11-21 we’ll look at the anatomy of compromise and answer that…

For Such a Time as This

(Click on “Save” above to download this week’s sermon notes.) Paul proposed a gospel that was a travesty to many. He seemed to be overturning centuries of tradition with his gospel of grace. What right did he have to make such claims? Was he trying to pick a fight with the Jerusalem Apostles? Sunday we’ll find out and in so doing, we’ll see…