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.
Genuine Discipleship (Mark 10:35-45)Laura Terasaki, October 18, 2015
Part of the No Series series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Preached at Cornestone United Methodist Church in Placentia, CA.
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35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (ESV)