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.
How Do You Worship the Living God? (Acts 17:22-31)Laura Terasaki, May 25, 2014
Part of the Revised Common Lectionary series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Preached at First Presbyterian Church of Downey.
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22Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 23For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. 24God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (KJV)