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.
An Invitation to Transformation (John 3:1-16)Laura Terasaki, September 13, 2015
Part of the Gospel of John Series series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (ESV)