The Word of God is central to the Reformed tradition. I believe my primary task as the preacher is the proclamation of the gospel. With each message, I hope to interpret how the biblical text of the day speaks into our modern context, inspire Christians to live out the gospel in word and action, help diverse communities of faith find unity in Christ, and most importantly startle my audience with the abundant love and grace of God.
When selecting texts, I prefer to preach from the Narrative Lectionary or through a book of the Bible while crafting a series that is relevant to real life. I like using the lectionary during key seasons in the church year because it connects us with the Church universal but I do not use it every Sunday because there are important texts that are left out of the lectionary readings that I believe are important for us all to hear. In the meanwhile, I like to pick a book of the Bible to work through as a church that I feel speaks to that particular church context at the time. This also helps build up biblical literacy within the congregation as each message helps us move into deeper understanding of God’s Word as opposed to the sometimes random nature of the lectionary.
For a sampling of my past sermons, please see below. Clicking on their titles will give you more information about the context of that given sermon (i.e. traditional church worship, homiletics class, etc). Hearing a sermon is not the same as experiencing a sermon live. I preach differently depending on where I am at. Many of these sermons have been preached in cultural contexts different than my own and I did my best to adapt to the style and tradition of each particular setting without compromising the Gospel.
|Thomas: The Real Story|
|John 20:24-29 (Part of the Gospel of John Series series).|
|Preached by Laura Terasaki on September 27, 2015 (Sunday Morning).|
|An Invitation to Transformation|
|John 3:1-16 (Part of the Gospel of John Series series).|
|Preached by Laura Terasaki on September 13, 2015 (Sunday Morning).|
|Testing and Trusting God|
|John 2:13-23 (Part of the Gospel of John Series series).|
|Preached by Laura Terasaki on August 23, 2015 (Sunday Morning).|