Identity (Youth Sunday)

The mp3 audio file for “Identity,” our Youth Sunday message for September 7 message, is now available.

This sermon was offered during our special “Youth Sunday”  worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

9/7 SUMMARY: Our High School Youth, along with John Hanson (Director Of Youth & Children’s Ministry) share that when our identity is built on ourselves–good actions or bad–we will remain confused and missing the TRUE identity that is ours through Jesus!

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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.

Beautiful Feet

The mp3 audio file for Pastor Allen Bauer’s August 31 message, “Beautiful Feet” is now available.

This sermon was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

8/31 SUMMARY: God’s word proclaims “how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news” (Romans 10:15b). Learn more about the power of God’s Word and how beautiful it is when you share it with others!

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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.

Teach Me Your Ways

The mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s August 24 message, “Teach Me Your Ways” is now available.

This sermon was offered during our “Educator Celebration” Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

8/24 SUMMARY: Teachers are an incredible blessing because they change lives and even touch eternity.  Jesus is the world’s greatest teacher and He is available to guide us all into the “Way, the Truth, and the Life” God wants us to experience!

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at Romans 12:17-21

[Note: you might find a look at today's live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from "Teach Me Your Ways" and to answer the following questions] Study Questions to be posted soon!  

Intro Question:

Who was the most inspiring teacher you ever had and why?

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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.

Overcome Evil With Good

The mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s August 17 message, “Overcome Evil With Good” is now available.

This sermon is part five of our series “Be Transformed–A Romans 12 Study” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

8/17 SUMMARY: We conclude our study of Romans 12, looking at 12:17-21.  Another step of our transformation into someone more like Jesus is to overcome all our excuses and even evil itself by doing all the good we can—even as we trust our Father-God to do what He has promised!

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at Romans 12:17-21

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Overcome Evil With Good” and to answer the following questions: Romans 12:21 is God’s encouragement to us to “overcome evil with good.”  We face many circumstances that bring pain, anger or uncertainty, but we don’t face those alone!  God is with us.  As you begin this study, be sensitive that a study partner, a small group member, or maybe you yourself, have been a recipient of evil.  This is a time to be supportive and to lean on the promises of God!  Look in your Bible for a promise of God that can help you remember that God is with you and offers healing and restoration (hint: 1 John 5:4; Matthew 11:28-30; 1 Peter 5:7-10 are great starters).  How will you “overcome evil with good” this week?  

Intro Question

Read Romans 12:21.  Share a challenge or circumstance in your life that you have overcome?

ROMANS 12 STUDY

Read Romans 13:8-102 Corinthians 6:19-20

Questions to probe deeper: what “debt” do you owe to others according to Romans 13:8? 2 Corinthians 6:19-20 speaks strongly about why we owe this debt to others, how you you explain it in your own words?  Reflect back at Romans 13:10 and share how loving others would fulfill God’s laws.

Read Romans 12:17.  Remember those Peanuts cartoons where Lucy always pulls the football out from Charlie Brown?  If you could write the script called “Charlie Brown’s Revenge” how can you imagine him getting even with his nemesis?  Ever have any revenge fantasies of what you would say or do back to someone who has wounded you?  Share what you think is the “why” behind God’s guidance to us of NOT seeking to repay evil for evil.

Read Romans 12:18.  Who is someone you know who falls into the people-pleasing trap?  What do you think is the difference between being a people-pleaser and “doing what is right in the eyes of everyone”?  Can you think of something you want to do differently based on this verse?

Read Romans 12:19-20 .  Jerry shared in his message that this passage is God acknowledging that painful thing have wounded us, yet asking us “Will you trust Me enough to let me make sure justice is done?  Will you leave room for Me to act?”  Do you agree with this approach?  How is it hard to not seek revenge?  Could you envision yourself doing the actions of Romans 12:20 toward someone who has wounded you?

Read Romans 12:21.  Have you ever felt that evil was so powerful and the world’s needs so great you just wanted to give up?  What is a local need–neighbor, friend, family member when you can overcome evil by the good you do and bring into their life?  Now what good will you DO this week?

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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.

Joyful In Hope

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Click This To View The Sermon Slides For our 08/10/2014 message “Joyful In Hope”

The mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s August 10 message, “Joyful In Hope” is now available.

This sermon is part four of our series “Be Transformed–A Romans 12 Study” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

8/10 SUMMARY: We continue our study of Romans 12, turning to 12:11-16.  More practical guidance from God is this most practical of chapters, Romans 12.  God encourages us to keep our hopes high, our feet firmly planted and our hearts open to blessing ALL people.

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at Romans 12:11-16

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Joyful In Hope” and to answer the following questions: Romans 12:12 is God’s encouragement to us to be “Joyful In Hope.”  We face many circumstances that bring pain, anger or uncertainty, but we don’t face those alone!  God is with us.  Look in your Bible for a promise of God that can help you remember that God is with you and for you (hint: Psalm 27, Romans 8:18-39 are great starters).  How will you be “joyful in hope” this week?  

Intro Question

Read Romans 12:11.  Jerry stated the word “zeal” can be translated ‘have a deep concern or passion’ for something.  What is something in your life you are passionate about  (your team, your kids or grandkids, a hobby, or something else)?

ROMANS 12 STUDY

Read Romans 12:11, 2 Peter 1:5-8

Questions to probe deeper: Why do you think people lose their passion for God and spiritual things?  Can you think of an area of your life where you think you might be lagging behind, not progressing in the transformation to become more like Jesus?  As you look at the progression of growth laid out in the 2 Peter 1 passage, which quality do you feel led to “add to” your life this week?

Read Romans 12:12.  Is there a circumstance in your life that is making it a challenge to “be joyful in hope”?  Can you share that (in a journal or with your study group)?  Look at 1 John 3:20 and Mark 10:46-52.  Share how these stories help you know God is greater than current feelings or circumstances.

Questions to probe deeper: Why do you think people lose their passion for God and spiritual things?  Can you think of an area of your life where you think you might be lagging behind, not progressing in the transformation to become more like Jesus?  As you look at the progression of growth laid out in the 2 Peter 1 passage, which quality do you feel led to “add to” your life this week?

Read Romans 12:13.  Share a time when someone’s hospitality impacted you.  What’s a way you could show hospitality to people in your work life?  Your family?  Our Church family?

Read Romans 12:14 and Romans 5:10  God asks us to bless those who persecute us.  Why is it hard to wait on God for justice?  Have you ever thought about Jesus praying for us even when we were “enemies of God”?  What do you suppose were the words of Jesus’ prayer?  Could you pray tat for someone?  What do you imagine might happen if you began praying for an “enemy”?

Read Romans 12:15.  Share a time when someone mourned with you during a painful time in your life.  What would it look like for you to rejoice with someone else?  Who do you know that is hurting that you could “mourn with”?  How would you mourn with someone with few or even no words?  See John 11:32-36 for a clue.

Closing Call To Action Question: When you lay down your pride it’s much easier to lift someone else up!  Who will you lift up and honor this week–with God’s help and “zeal”?


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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.

Love Sincerely

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Click This To View The Sermon Slides For our 08/03/2014 message “Love Sincerely”

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s August 03 message, “Love Sincerely” is now available.

This sermon is part three of our series “Transformed–A Romans 12 Study” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

8/3 SUMMARY: We continue our study of Romans 12, turning to 12:9-10.  One vital part of our transformation into someone more like Jesus is to let is love flow fully in, and overflow fully out to others.  Learn how to love sincerely–just like Jesus!

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at Romans 12:9-10

[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 Sincerely” and to answer the following questions: God says in Romans 12:9 that our love is to be “sincere” –just like Jesus’.  What would that look like in your life?  How would you recognize sincere love from another person toward you?  How do you try to SHOW sincere love?  

Intro Question

Read 2 Corinthians 3:18.  Our Romans 12 study is all bout transformation.  Who is one person you know that seems to be changing to become more like Jesus (or is already very Christ-like)?

ROMANS 12 STUDY

Read Romans 12:9

Questions to probe deeper: Jerry described the guidance in these verses as “simple as a sandwich” with two calls to love as the bread and the ‘meat’ being “hate what is evil cling to what is good.”  But simple doesn’t mean easy to do!

Read out loud this ‘reversed version’ of Romans 12:9-10

It’s ok for love to be insincere
Love what is evil and be non-committal about what is good
Be devoted to yourself (no one else will be)
Honor yourself above others (Romans 12:9-10 reversed version)

1.  How did that feel to read the Scriptures opposite?  Did you gain any new thoughts about the message of the original verses?  Would you want to receive love like that?  What would it be like to live or work with someone who operates this way?  Big question: Which is closer to the reality of your everyday life–the original or reversed versions?

2.  Jerry taught that one example of insincere love is when love is conditional; when we only give love if it is first given to us as we demand it.  Have you received conditional love?  What was that like?  Can you share a time when you would admit to giving only conditional love? What damage do you beleive was caused by that?  As you read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, pick one phrase that you want to focus on in your efforts to love more unconditionally.  Also, glance at see 1 John 3:18 and share a way you think you could love more “in action and in truth.”  Share a time when you were with someone who wasn’t really ‘there’ (or you weren’t) and then look at John 1:14.  How is Jesus’ love different?  Jerry quoted Andrea Lucado’s blog post about not loving sincerely (you can see the excerpt on the sermon slide here) and asked “do you owe anyone an apology like this?”

3.  The next phrase in Romans 12:9-10 was “hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”  On a normal day, who or what decides what is good and evil for you?  How about when you are stressed or hurting–do your standards change?  Do you agree with Jerry’s claim that we often don’t avoid evil because we really hate it, but because we hate getting caught?  Is that an effective long-term strategy for avoiding evil?  Do you have any experience with reversing these two statements in your life (hating what is good and clinging to what is evil)?  What about the softer alternatives Jerry floated–”flirting with what is evil” or “replacing what is good”–do those seem like choices you have ever rationalized?  Can you share how that went for you? Anyone OK with a little bit of Ebola virus in your house?  Why are we often ok with a little bit of evil?  How close are you to trusting God to be the one who decides what is good and what is evil in your day to day life?  What is a good promise of God’s that you will cling to this week?

4.  Read Romans 12:10 (preferably in the NCV).  Jerry taught this verse is overflowing with love words, and could be translated as “affectionately, lovingly love one another as family.”  One Scripture that teaches us we are part of God’s family is Romans 8:16.  Can you find or think of other verses that teach this?  Where does Jesus ever talk to us about God as our Heavenly Father?  How do you think “family” is supposed to love and honor one another?  How could you do that better in our church?  If you can share with your study partner(s) a way that they could love and honor you better.

Closing Call To Action Question: How will you show love–sincere love–differently 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.

According To Your Faith

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Allen Bauer’s July 27 message, “According To Your Faith” is now available.

This sermon is part two of our series “Transformed–A Romans 12 Study” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

7/27 SUMMARY: We continue our study of Romans 12, looking at verses 3-8.  We are being transformed from something FOR something.  Faith gives us the focus!  Listen to learn more!

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Read 1 Peter 2:9-10

Questions to probe deeper: How does hearing that as Christians we are God’s “Chosen People” help you to live out your Christian faith? What does it say about how God values us?

Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Questions to probe deeper: Everyone has spiritual gifts. We can use those gifts in our church, family and community.  Do you know your gifts and do you use them to bring glory to God?

Read 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31

Questions to probe deeper: How should  we function in the church if we are all members of one body- the Body of Christ? Have you ever tried to be a part of the body that was not from one of your spiritual gifts? What was the results? Did you try another area of service?  Why or why not?

How is it comforting to know that all the members are supporting and helping one another to do our ministry at Fishers?  How will division be resolved if people are using their gifts? (See verse 25-26)

Read Ephesians 4:11-16

Questions to probe deeper: What is the end result of all the members (parts of the body) working properly?

Read 1 Corinthians 13

Questions to probe deeper: How should love be the guiding principal in how we use our spiritual gifts?

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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.

Be Transformed

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Click This To View The Sermon Slides For our 7/20/2014 message “Be Transformed”

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s July 20 message, “Be Transformed” is now available.

This sermon is part one of our series “Transformed–A Romans 12 Study” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

7/2o SUMMARY: Be Transformed! We begin our study of Romans 12 with an urgent invitation because it comes from the God of love who knows us well! Learn how to live with God’s mercy in mind!

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

Look at Romans 12:1-2

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Be Transformed” and to answer the following questions: God invites us to respond to the atoning sacrifice of Jesus’ death upon the cross (and His resurrection!) with our own “living sacrifice.  On way to say that is “since He died for us, we live for Him!”  How will you live for Jesus this week?  What sacrifice will you make in thanks?  How will you come before the Lord and enjoy His presence with you–Monday through Saturday?

Background On Romans

Read Romans 1:1 and 1 Timothy 1:13-16

Questions to probe deeper: Can you comfortable where the identity of a servant or slave of Jesus?  If not, what is uncomfortable for you about this?  Is there one area of your life where it is harder for you to let Jesus be Lord (authority & master)–finances, work, relationships?  When Paul calls himself “the worst” sinner, what do you think he meant?  Is it possible that you are the worst sinner you know well (because you know your sins of thoughts and attitudes that no one else sees)?  How does it feel to you to have Jesus “display his immense patience” by showing you mercy?

Read Romans 1:6-8; Acts 28:14-16

Questions to probe deeper: What do we learn about the Roman Christians from these passages in the Bible?  Pastor shared in today’s message that some of the Roman Christians travelled 43 miles to greet Paul–four years after he wrote this letter.  What is the farthest you have ever gone to show support to someone in need (travelling to visit a family member in prison)? 

BACKGROUND ON THE GOSPEL: Read Romans 1:17; Romans 3:23-25; Romans 6:23

Questions to probe deeper: Why is it significant that the Gospel has power?  How have you experienced the Gospel’s power in your life?  “Wages” (as mentioned in Romans 6:23) are something we earn or deserve?  Do you agree that your actions, inactions, words, and thoughts have earned you death?  What about the “gift of God” is most meaningful to you?  Where would you be willing to admit you have “fallen short” of God’s glory?  According to this Romans 3:23-26 passage what did it cost Jesus to fix where you had fallen short?  What about God’s “demonstrations” in this passage is most amazing to you?

ROMANS 12 STUDY

Read Romans 12:1

Questions to probe deeper: How have you seen God’s mercy?  Where do we see God’s mercy most clearly? (Does Romans 3:23-26 help?  Or Romans 8:32-34?

What is your response to God’s mercy? Pastor Jerry suggested that the phrase “offer your bodies” means that there should be something physical (tangible, financial, personally involved and engaged) to our response–do you agree or disagree?  Why?  How have you demonstrated a physical response to God’s mercy and grace to you in the past?

Read Romans 12:2

Questions to probe deeper: List or describe some of the patterns of this world that seem to be anti-God and self-centered.  Now share or put a check mark next to the one you have personally followed recently.  As you reflect on that what do thoughts or feelings arise?  Pastor shared that focusing on Jesus and God’s Word was the best way to renew our minds.  How will you do this in the coming 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.

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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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 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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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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