Sermons by Mike Lamson
Many churches and Christians organization talk about sharing the gospel as presenting a set of propositions, usually that can be highlighted on a napkin or book. Mike walks through how the good news necessitates long-term relationships to reflect the good news of Jesus.
Mike starts a new series on “Reflecting the Gospel” as we talk about our posture on mission. To talk about reflecting the gospel, we have to talk about what it is! Mike walks through the holistic view of the gospel, which is way beyond a ticket to a better afterlife.
Mike concludes our systematic look through the book of Revelation with the end of the Biblical Story and how this informs the way we live our daily lives. Join us this Sunday at 10am as Mike gives us the picture John sees in “Heaven is a Place on Earth.”
Mike continues Revelation ttalking through Rev. 20 on the “1000 Year” Reign and the Lake of Fire.
Mike continues in the book of the Revelation talking through the great “Marriage Supper of the Lamb,” with insight on what the first listeners would have heard regarding Babylon, The Beast, and Jesus. Who is invited? How do we know? How do we celebrate?
Mike walks through Rev. 17-18 describing “Babylon the Great.” John walks through all the ways Empire asserts itself in our world and God’s judgment of it. Empire is much closer to our experience than we think.
Mike walks through the seven bowls of the wrath of God’s divine judgment, and why it’s necessary. It is a much different picture than what we think of as “wrath,” and to the first century listeners, a clear message on something we need to hear in our current situation.
Mike approaches the next interlude as John shows the pictures of the army of the Lamb singing a new song that is the song of Moses. Wait, that’s 2 songs becoming one song? Mike walks through why that’s significant and timely to today’s current situation.
Mike walks through what the first centuries listeners immediately thought about when they heard the “mark of the beast.” It was an extremely clear image of their current experience. Mike connects that to what that might look like now, how it doesn’t look like all the doomsday prophecies, but begs a more important and basic question.
Mike walks through the 2nd Interlude of Revelation between the 6th and 7th trumpets where he addresses what “witnessing” looks like then, and now.
Mike walks through John’s eating of the scroll in Rev. 10, as we consider how God’s Words shape us. Are they like honey or bad hot sauce?
Mike walks through the seventh seal and most of the seven trumpets, talking about how silence acts a mirror to the deepest parts of who we are, revealing both ugly and good things.
Mike walks through the pause before the 7th seal is opened, describing the 144,000 and the Great Tribulation, asking if we live our lives in such a way today that is compelling enough to be persecuted by Empire.
Mike walks through the first 6 seals of Revelation, why divine judgment is something all of us actually want to happen, and how Jesus redefines what conquering looks like.
We are back to the book of Revelation where we left off last summer as we talk about the great Throne Room scene in chapters 4-5. Mike Lamson walks through how familiar the first listeners were to this imagery, but not in the way the apostle John explains it. How does this identity John describes…
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me…” Most people with a church memory remember the rest of this text that says “you will find rest for your souls.” But what was a rabbi’s yoke? Mike walks through how significant this word is, and how it changes how we view following Jesus.
The Great Commission is a popular text for churches. But much of how it’s applied is more like the “Great Conversion” than what “making disciples” means. Mike walks through the 1st century understanding of disciple making and Jesus’ “authority,” and how this mission gave his disciples is MUCH…
Peter walks on the water. Whether you’ve heard the story or not, most are familiar with it. Most interpret this story on how we need to “keep on our eyes on Jesus and never doubt.” But this is not how the 1st-century Jewish person understood it at all. Mike Lamson walks through how the understanding of disciples believed about following their rabbi and vice-versa has a…
Understanding the schooling of Jewish children gives us tremendous insight on the types of people Jesus chose as his followers. It was as shocking then as it would be today. Mike walks through the invitation of who Jesus invites to the Table each and every day, and why it was so shocking to to the…
What was the 1st Century world of Jesus really like? What did disciples of Jesus actually look like and how did they live? You might be surprised how different that picture is then today.