Sermons by Ron Sylvester

Sermons by Ron Sylvester

What is this Love? | Matthew 1:18-25, 1 John 4:7-12

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, Pastor Ron shared with us about God’s perfect love. Discussion Questions 1. Why is our love, generally, not bad, but imperfect? 2. Have you ever been faced with Joseph’s dilemma between doing what is right and what is loving? How did you reconcile the two? 3. How are the components of – initiative, sacrifice, and purpose – evident in our experience of God’s love?  (note: 1 John 4:9-12) 4. Can we cite an instance…

Christmas Peace | Philippians 4:4-9, Luke 2:8-15

Discover what it means to have true peace, “Christmas Peace”, as Pastor Ron shares on this second Sunday of Advent. Discussion Questions 1. “Why is “Christmas peace” a perfect peace? 2. What is necessary to receive this peace? 3. Can we have peace with God and not have the peace of God?  Why or why not?

Hope’s Accomplishments | Isaiah 11:1-9

On this first Sunday of Advent, Pastor Ron shares with us a message of Hope. Discussion Questions 1. What is christian hope? 2. What affects does hope have on believers? 3. What are some ways God has awakened or stirred your hope? 4. Why is Christmas critical to our hope?

Sacrifice | Luke 9:1-6, 10-27

Do we live lives marked by sacrifice? Pastor Ron challenges us with this message on sacrifice. Discussion Questions 1. Do you think sacrifice is the distinguishing mark between a “believer” and a “disciple”? 2. What does  “sacrificial living” involve for you? 3. Why does Jesus say take up your cross daily?

The Power of Jesus’ Compassion | Luke 8:26-56

Jesus demonstrates compassion throughout his ministry. Listen as Pastor Ron shares about the power of Jesus’ compassion. Discussion Questions 1. Can you think of a time (and share it) when Jesus’ conpassion delivered you from temptation (evil), or brought you peace from suffering (alleviated it), or brought hope for renewed life (gave you new life)? 2. As a church or individuals what can we/I learn from these instances in Jesus’ ministry?

A Mighty Powerful Ministry | Luke 5:17-26

Pastor Ron continues his series on Jesus’ pastoral ministry with a look at His power that goes beyond physical healing. Discussion Questions 1. How might there be more evidence of the “power of the Lord” in our lives? (consult: Ephesians 3:16, 6:10 and 2Timothy 3:1-5) 2. How important is forgiveness of our sins to us? What evidence is there of its importance in our lives?

Why Jesus Came | Luke 4:14-30

We are starting a new sermon series focusing on Jesus’ pastoral ministry with this message from Pastor Ron on “Why Jesus Came”. What can we learn from Pastor Jesus? Discussion Questions 1. For what purpose do you work? 2. What are the boundaries of your comfort zone? 3. What are some of the reasons we remain in our comfort zone?

The Help God Gives | Exodus 4:18-31

Pastor Ron finishes his series on A New Start looking at the help God provides to Moses for his mission. The service was held remotely over Zoom and streamed to Facebook. Discussion Questions 1. Can you share a time when you felt you “weren’t right for the part” and learned God wanted you to undertake it anyway? 2. What help did God provide?
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