The Coats Of Reconciliation

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Allen Bauer’s July 13 message, “The Coats Of Reconciliation” is now available.

This sermon is part three of our series “The Five Coats of Joseph” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

7/13 SUMMARY: 

Joseph had every right to seek revenge–three times over!  But in today’s message we see how the power of God helps Joseph (and us) SEE God’s hand working in the bigger story of salvation and SEEK reconciliation.

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at Genesis 42-50

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “The Coats of Reconciliation” and to answer the following questions:   How did Joseph demonstrate his forgiveness to his brothers?  What does it mean to forgive from the heart?

Read Genesis 42:18-24

Questions to probe deeper: Joseph tests his brothers to see if they have changed. Why did Joseph have one of the brothers thrown in prison? Would the brothers leave Simeon in prison as they left Joseph?

Read Genesis 42:25-28

Questions to probe deeper: Where the brothers still only concerned about money and their piece of the inheritance?

Read Genesis 43:1-9

Questions to probe deeper: How did the brothers (especially Judah) show they valued family?

Read Genesis 43:32-34

Questions to probe deeper: Where Joseph’s brothers still jealous?  

Read Matthew 18:35

Questions to probe deeper: Why is it so hard to forgive?  Have you ever forgiven someone just to bring it up at a later time?  How has that hurt the relationship?  Is that forgiving from the relationship?

Questions to probe deeper: What does Joseph life teach you about your life? 

 

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Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

The Coats Of Faithfulness

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Allen Bauer’s July 6 message, “The Coats Of Faithfulness” is now available.

This sermon is part two of our series “The Five Coats of Joseph” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

7/6 SUMMARY: 

The second and third coats of Joseph show God’s faithfulness to Joseph and Joseph’s faithfulness to God.  It would have been easy for Jospeh to justify sin but he remains faithful to God’s word and law and he prospers.

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at Genesis 39-40

[Note: you might find a look at Read Psalm 105

Questions to probe deeper: What does that tell you about Joseph? 

Read 1 Peter 4:12 and John 16:33

Questions to probe deeper: Why does God allow suffering?

Read Deut. 31:16

Questions to probe deeper: How is it comforting to know that God is faithful to us? 

Read Matthew 26:39

Questions to probe deeper: What does Jesus suffering tell us?

Read Romans 8:28

Questions to probe deeper: How can God work good even in the midst of problems?  Has it ever happened in your life?

Read Matthew 26: 36-39

Questions to probe deeper: How did Jesus suffer unjustly like Joseph?

 

 

 

 

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Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

The Coat of Pride and Jealousy

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Allen Bauer’s June 29 message, “The Coat of Pride and Jealousy” is now available.

This sermon is part one of our series “The Five Coats of Joseph” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

6/29 SUMMARY: Each time the Old Testament person of Joseph has a change of life, he receives a new coat.  The first coat tears the family apart but as Joseph remains faithful to God, he is changed.  God creates a miracle of healing for Joseph’s family and the people of God.   Hear how God heals a family and saves a nation.

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at Geneis 37

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “The Coat of Pride and Jealousy” and to answer the following questions:  How is Joesph like Jesus? Have you ever seen a time when, what some people meant for evil; God meant for good?

Read Philippians 2:5-7

Questions to probe deeper: What type of ornate coat did Jesus give up to be born into our world?

Read John 1:11

Questions to probe deeper: Joseph suffered because of his pride.  Why and by whom did Jesus suffer? Was it just or unjust? 

Read Romans 13:13 and 1 Corinthians 3:3

Questions to probe deeper: What does jealously lead to?

Read 2 Corinthians 11:2

Questions to probe deeper:What is Godly jealousy?

Read Galatians 6:4

Questions to probe deeper: How can we find contentment in our world today?

Read Matthew 25:23

Questions to probe deeper: How does God want us to look at life in the long term?

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Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

A Powerful Enemy

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The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s June 22 message, “A Powerful Enemy” is now available.

This sermon is part four of our series “Thine Is The Power” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

6/22 SUMMARY: Satan is powerful–especially with his use of lies and deception.  His goal is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10a) and we are his target.  But as Martin Luther celebrated “one little word subdues him.”  Get equipped with the power of Jesus so that “greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world” (1 John 4:4)

Side note: we are aware that the quality of this podcast is not at the standard we normally share with you.  We regret that sound system failures led to the use of an alternate recording.  Our podcast quality should resume this coming Sunday.

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at Colossians 1:9-13

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “A Powerful Enemy” and to answer the following questions: why do you think we don’t always live as if we’ve been rescued from the powers of darkness and into the Kingdom of the Son?

Read Genesis 3:1-5 & John 8:44

Questions to probe deeper: What’s a lie of the deceiver you have believed in the past?

Read Luke 22:31-32

Questions to probe deeper: Where have you seen the devil’s strategy of dividing at work (example: a relationship you know of, your workplace, etc. )?

Read Matthew 4:1-4

Questions to probe deeper: What Bible promise or verse helps you overcome Sarah’s temptations?

Read James 4:7

Questions to probe deeper: What area in your life do you feel prompted to “submit to God”?
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Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

New Sermon Series-June 29th

“The Five Coats of Joseph”  A Family Torn Apart is Healed

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The Power Of “No!” (Father’s Day Message)

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Click This To View The Sermon Slides For our 6/15/2014 message “The Power Of ’No!’”

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s June 15 message, “The Power Of ‘No!’” is now available.

This sermon is part three of our series “Thine Is The Power” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

6/15 SUMMARY: ”No” is the second most common word in our language and VERY powerful words. Can you hear a “No!” and accept it–from God and others?  Can you speak a “No!” in love to set a boundary in your relationships (especially Dads in their families)?  Big questions, but God has a powerful gift for those who accept the power of “No.”

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at Proverbs 23:24

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “The Power Of No” and to answer the following questions:   What is a good memory you have of your father (or someone who was like a father to you)?  Can you remember a time when he said “No!” to you and it ended up being helpful (or is there something you WISH he had said “No!” to you about)?

Read Titus 2:11-15

Questions to probe deeper: Share when you first really sensed or understood that “the grace of God appeared” to you through Jesus?  What does it mean to you that God’s love and grace helps you say “‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions”?  How does grace make it easier to say no?  How does grace empower you to live a differently, God-centered life?  How does the truth that Jesus said “No! to sin, worldly short-cuts and more so He could say “Yes” to us help you?

Look again at the chart Jerry showed from Boundaries here

Questions to probe deeper: Which is harder for you to say a no or hear a no?  Will you accept the power of no?  If not, then you aren’t eager to “do good” (Titus 2:14), you are eager to do your own thing! Beware!  Will you use the power of no? Can you set a boundary?

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

The Power Of “Yes!”

Amazing things happen when God's 'Yes!' to you empowers your "Yes!" to Jesus!

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Click This To View The Sermon Slides For our 6/8/2014 message “The Power Of ‘Yes!’”

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s June 8 message, “The Power Of ‘Yes!’” is now available.

This sermon is part two of our series “Thine Is The Power” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

6/8 SUMMARY: ”Yes” is one of the most powerful words. Couples speak it to one another at the altar and God speaks it to us at the cross and Pentecost. Discover the deep power of “Yes!” in your life!

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at 2 Corinthians 1:16-22

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “The Power Of Yes” and to answer the following questions:   How Will YOU Say “Yes!” To Jesus This Week?  ”Yes” is one of the most powerful words. Couples speak it to one another at the altar and God speaks it to us at the cross and Pentecost, as well as in Word and sacraments. With God’s powerful love how will you say “Yes!” to Jesus this week?

Questions to probe deeper:

What is one aspect of God’s creation that stirs you to say “Yes, Lord!  You are amazing!”? (examples: sunset, rainbows, a certain animal).  Share a story of a “Yes!” that you spoke that is significant to you (accepting enrollment into your college or accepting a promotion or proposal.

Read Mark 1:10-11

Questions to probe deeper: have you ever thought that God said these same words over you at your baptism?  What goes on in your mind and heart as you consider how deeply the Father loves you?  How deeply Jesus suffered in love for you?  How does such reflection make it easier to say “Yes!” and trust God’s invitations to you?

Read Matthew 6:24-33 and James 4:4

Questions to probe deeper: Jerry shared a statement in his message, “Who or what you you say “Yes!” to makes all the difference!”  Share if you agree or not.  Do you agree that a yes to one person in marriage should be a “no” to all others?  Do you see God’s call that we say “Yes!” to Him first isn’t from His ego but is instead from His heart; knowing from eternity what is truly best for us?  How is loving money (trusting in it as our provider and savior) a way of edging God out of our lives?  Have you ever loved money or the things of this world and tried to “use” God (as just a back-up system)?  What is different about loving God (saying “Yes!” to Him first and using worldly things?

Look at Matthew 21:28-32

To probe deeper:  Share a time when you have said “Yes!” to God, but then didn’t follow through.  If you are comfortable, share “the rest of the story” and if your thinking has shifted.  Can you share a time when you first said “No” to God, but later followed through?  Why do you think it is tempting for us as Christians to judge less “righteous” people?  Can you say to God “Yes, I have sinned!  Yes!  I need Your forgiveness and love and power!”?  What do you think His response will be?  Of the several ways that God says “Yes!” to us (Jerry taught about God’s empowerment through the cross, Pentecost, Word and sacraments), which is the one you seem to rely on most?  What’s one of those power sources from God that you could tap more deeply in your daily life?

Read Philippians 2:13

What do you think God might be empowering you to say “Yes!” to?  How will you say “Yes!” to Jesus this week?

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

Thine Is The Power

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Click this to see the slides for this week’s message!

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s June 1 message, “Thine Is The Power” will be available.

This sermon begins our four-part series “Thine Is The Power” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

6/1 SUMMARY: There is some power in fear and even some in hate, but the greatest power in the universe is the power of God. The power of His love can overcome the love of power and bring peace to a family, a church, even the world!

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at 2 Corinthians 13:4-5

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Thine Is The Power” and to answer the following questions:   Jesus is described in two extremes-suffering in weakness and risen and living in power.  Where are you on that spectrum?  How consistently would you say you live in God’s power versus relying mostly on your own?

Questions to probe deeper:

What area of your life are you more likely to rely on God’s power?  What areas are you least likely to rely on God or least likely to turn to Him first?  Can you share a time when you thought you handled things fine by your own power only to watch them unravel or crash in a painful way?

Read Galatians 5:17

Questions to probe deeper:

Jerry shared three statements:

  • “We have no power to add an hour to our lives” (Matthew 6:27);
  • “We are powerless to stop death” (Romans 5:12); and
  • “We have very limited power to change let alone overcome sin (Galatians 5:17)

Do you agree?  If not, what are your specific issues with the statement(s)?  If you feel comfortable, write or share a time when you experienced the challenge of lasting change or of overcoming sin by your own power.

Look at 2 Corinthians 12:9

To probe deeper:  How is easy is it for you to admit to God & yourself that you have weaknesses and areas where you struggle?  How easy is it for you to admit that to other people?  While some people might abuse the admission of a struggle to take advantage of you, can you imagine that some people might (like God) respond positively to your humility and honesty?  What’s a struggle or “weakness” you would be willing to admit to your family, small group, or to God?

Read 1 John 4:4

How does this Scripture help you tap into God’s power to change?  How can you start to believe God’s Truth more than what your circumstances FEEL like!

Read Hebrews 2:14-15 and Philippians 3:21

What do these Scriptures tell you about God’s sympathy with your struggles and the power of His love to help you?  What can you do differently this week based on these truths?

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

FIGHT FOR What Matters Most

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The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s May 25 message, “FIGHT FOR What Matters Most” is now available.

This sermon concludes our five-part series “What Matters Most” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

5/25 SUMMARY: Some of the darkest stains on Christianity’s reputation come from the battles we have fought—the Crusades Of The Middle Ages or the “culture wars” of the last thirty years. Yet we are called to “fight the good fight of faith.”  As a faith that is measured by love and relationships, let’s learn how to “fight right“ for what really matters!

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at Luke 22:24-38

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “FIGHT FOR What Matters Most” and to answer the following questions:   We can trust God to stand between us and our enemies (Exodus 14:14), but there is a fight we are to engage in.  Which battle will you engage in this week–the fight within (Which truth? Who will you please? etc.) OR the fight for your family (avoiding anger and division, seeking unity and love)?

Questions to probe deeper:

More coming soon!

Read Jude 1:3-25

Questions to probe deeper:

According to this passage is our fight for the Gospel with folks outside the church or inside? Read the last verses especially closely.  What attitudes and actions should we have toward those outside who are still doubting or caught up in sin?

Look at Ephesians 6:12-13

To probe deeper:  According to God’s Word who is the REAL enemy?

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

SHARE What Matters Most

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what matters promo SHARE What Matters MostThe .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s May 18 message, “SHARE What Matters Most” is now available.

This sermon is part four of our series “What Matters Most” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

5/18 SUMMARY: Why will we share a recipe, a great restaurant, or movie recommendation, or even a funny video on youtube; but sharing our faith? Inviting someone to worship with us? Why are these really tough for us? You have a story worth telling—to your family, friends, to a hurting or distracted world! And through Jesus Christ you have even MORE to share!.

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at 1 John 4:11-18

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “LOVE What Matters Most” and to answer the following questions:   If you have less than three minutes to leave your house due to fire or flood, what would you prioritize getting out?

Questions to probe deeper:

Read verse 12.  Share a time when, after experiencing love, you felt like God had been in on the whole thing and  made it  ”complete.”  Read 1 John 4:16 again and answer this honestly: do you know and rely on the love of God more than anything else in your life?  What competes as something you rely heavily on?  Have you ever said something like “I’ll follow Jesus when my career is settled” or “when my health is better”? The thing after your “when” is what you really rely on.  Can you comfortable own and defend that other thing being of equal or greater value to you than God?  What steps could you start that would more you to rely on the love God has for you?

Read 1 John 4:7-9

Questions to probe deeper:

God showed His love to the world and wants us to love them and share with them as well.  Who in your world is hard to love (former spouse, an abusive parent, mean boss?  Who in the world is hard for you to love–people of other races? religions? People with differing economic status or lifestyle choices?  When you stack your reasons why it is hard to love those people up against God’s simple statement in 1 John 4:8, what is your next response or action?  Think about how you can be hard to love (and yet God still loves you sacrificially and perfectly through Jesus) and share how you might begin to love others more like Jesus would.

Look at John 19:26-27

To probe deeper:  God’s church is sometimes called a family.  As you read this small story tucked into the larger story of Jesus’ crucifixion, what does it say to you about family being more than biology or marriage?  When is the last time you greeted someone at church you didn’t know and engaged them in a way that communicated value and even love?  Who in your church, neighborhood, or workplace might need God’s love and care through you?

SHARING Question

Share with the Fishers family: Jerry taught that part of the power of love is that love , as 1 John 4:18 says, “drives out fear.”  Share who you will love with God’s powerful love so that their fears are driven away and they get stronger.    Share your ideas here anonymously (in the third item from the top) and we’ll share them in an upcoming message and/or our Facebook page. 

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Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church Sugar Land shares these audio sermon files through our website and our Fishers Sugar Land Church iTunes podcast in grateful response to our Savior Jesus who shares His all, and with the hope that they encourage those who listen.

Worship with us any Sunday at 830am (traditional Lutheran, liturgical), 11am (blended praise style).  Learn more about our worship services at our FOM Worship page.

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