SET Others Ahead Of You


The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s January 25 message, “SET Others Ahead Of You” is now available.

This sermon is part 2 of our teaching series “Ready, Set, Go!”and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

01/25 SUMMARY: Our culture says “Be #1″ Jesus says to be the greatest “Set Me first, others second, yourself last.” Learn more!  Set Jesus as Lord and set others ahead of yourself—as Jesus did—and you are all set for a life-adventure!  

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GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “SET Others Ahead Of You” and to answer the following questions: Who is someone in your life that you can say “They set my needs ahead of their own”?  Where do you have the bigger challenge to set other’s needs ahead of yourself–at work, in your neighborhood or home? Who is one person you will prayerfully concentrate on valuing above yourself?

Intro Question

Read Luke 22:24-27.  Jesus interrupts an argument among the disciples about which was the greatest to talk about true greatness.  Jerry stated “Jesus teaches us repeatedly that what you set your heart on is a choice that shapes EVERYTHING.”  Where do you find it most tempting to act as if you are one of the greatest and can dominate and control?  At home?  At work? In your neighborhood?  Why would using worldly power methods take you off the path of the life and life-pattern of Jesus?  When you hear Jesus say “You are not to be like that” (Luke 22:26), can you explain what He is calling you to be like instead?

Read 1 Peter 3:15.  Explain the difference between saying you are a Christian and actually living out the phrase “set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts”?  Do you agree with Jerry’s statement: “Jesus is the author of life, so He has the right to author your story”?  Why or why not?  Jerry also taught “He is the one who exchanged His life for ours, so Jesus has the right to ask you to change—to exchange anger for peace, and love of self exchanged for love of others.”  What do you think Jesus is asking you to exchange?

Read Philippians 2:3-5  How well would you say you do at “looking not just to your own interests, but all the interests of others”?  Jerry suggested that GOOD, BETTER, BEST can be a useful reminder of how to do this:

  • Look out for the GOOD of others (Philippians 2:4)
  • Think of them and treat them as BETTER than you (Philippians 2:3)
  • Remember, the BEST model of serving others is… Jesus (Luke 22:27)

Is it hard for you to think of someone as better than you when they really aren’t?  What might change in you if you could think of the other person that way?  What might change in them if you treated them in that way?  While we can’t control another person’s response, we know Jesus is honored when we set Him as Lord of our lives and set the needs of others ahead of ourselves!

Closing Call To Action Question: Chose one person in your circle of life (at home, work, neighborhood, etc.) that you will pray for daily and try the GOOD, BETTER, BEST way of valuing them.  Do GOOD to others–for Jesus’ sake!

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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.

READY To Give An Answer


The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s January 18 message, “READY To Give An Answer” is now available.

This sermon is part 1 of our teaching series “Ready, Set, Go!”and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

01/18 SUMMARY: God asks us to be ready to give an answer to others about our hope. First, are we ready to answer Him?  Are we ready to hear His answers to us?  God’s answers shape everything!

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “READY To Give An Answer” and to answer the following questions: What would your savior be like if Jesus was as committed to you as you have been toward Him?
What would your life be like if you were as committed to Jesus as He was to you?
What will our church become and do if we commit our ALL to Jesus as He does to us?

Intro Question

Read John 3:16 and Romans 3:23-24.  Do you see any exceptions in these verses?  Does Jesus love sinners (even terrorists) any less than you or me?  Do we need His forgiveness any less than all the rest of the world?

Read Luke 9:21-22.  To save us all how much does Jesus say He has to sacrifice?  If you were God the Father could you give up your child for the sake of saving others?  As you think about all Jesus sacrificed and suffered through for you, how would you express your thoughts and feelings?

Read Luke 9:23-26  Jesus describes that His followers have to have the same “all-in” commitment.  If you were trying to explain this to someone not familiar with Christianity how would you word it?  Would you describe your commitment to Jesus as an “all-in” commitment–denying your desires as you seek ALL of His for you; seeking Him ALL your days, not just Sundays?  If not, journal or share one area in your life where you want to move toward an “all-in” response to Jesus’ “all-in” sacrifice for you.

Read Acts 2:42-47  Jerry drew from this snapshot of the newborn Christian church for actions that he lifted us as focuses for Fishers in 2015–that we’d grow even better as a learning church, a caring church, a worshiping church, and a sharing (or evangelizing) church.  Which of these do you think Fishers already does well?  How you think you might personally improve in each of these godly actions?  Which one will you pray about each day for the next week for our church family?

Closing Call To Action Question: Jerry shared from Colossians 3:1-17 that not only are there seven “all” phrases in those verses, but that there are many truths to help us grow in an “all-in” kind of life-response to Jesus.  As you read these verses what are two changes you feel inspired to make?

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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.

ALL! His And Ours (A Vision For 2015)


The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s January 11 message, “ALL! His And Ours” is now available.

This sermon is a sharing of our vision and focus points as a church for 2015 and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

01/15 SUMMARY: What would your savior be like if Jesus was as committed to you as you have been toward Him? There is no Christianity without ALL!  ALL of Jesus’ sacrifice frees us to follow, love, and join in God’s Kingdom work with ALL our heart, soul, mind, and strength. We share four focus area for 2015, where we will strive to give our all. 

GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “ALL! His And Ours (A Vision For 2015)” and to answer the following questions: What would your savior be like if Jesus was as committed to you as you have been toward Him?
What would your life be like if you were as committed to Jesus as He was to you?
What will our church become and do if we commit our ALL to Jesus as He does to us?

Intro Question

Read John 3:16 and Romans 3:23-24.  Do you see any exceptions in these verses?  Does Jesus love sinners (even terrorists) any less than you or me?  Do we need His forgiveness any less than all the rest of the world?

Read Luke 9:21-22.  To save us all how much does Jesus say He has to sacrifice?  If you were God the Father could you give up your child for the sake of saving others?  As you think about all Jesus sacrificed and suffered through for you, how would you express your thoughts and feelings?

Read Luke 9:23-26  Jesus describes that His followers have to have the same “all-in” commitment.  If you were trying to explain this to someone not familiar with Christianity how would you word it?  Would you describe your commitment to Jesus as an “all-in” commitment–denying your desires as you seek ALL of His for you; seeking Him ALL your days, not just Sundays?  If not, journal or share one area in your life where you want to move toward an “all-in” response to Jesus’ “all-in” sacrifice for you.

Read Acts 2:42-47  Jerry drew from this snapshot of the newborn Christian church for actions that he lifted us as focuses for Fishers in 2015–that we’d grow even better as a learning church, a caring church, a worshiping church, and a sharing (or evangelizing) church.  Which of these do you think Fishers already does well?  How you think you might personally improve in each of these godly actions?  Which one will you pray about each day for the next week for our church family?

Closing Call To Action Question: Jerry shared from Colossians 3:1-17 that not only are there seven “all” phrases in those verses, but that there are many truths to help us grow in an “all-in” kind of life-response to Jesus.  As you read these verses what are two changes you feel inspired to make?

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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.

Starting Over

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Allen Bauer’s January 4 message, “Starting Over” 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.

1/04 SUMMARY: You can’t blame your way into a better future, but you can let God lead you!  Learn how to re-think and release your past pains and how Jesus can guide you to the most blessed of new years!

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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 Day After

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Allen Bauer’s December 28 message, “The Day After” 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.

12/28 SUMMARY: Now that all the festivities and celebrations of Christmas are over what comes next? What do we do after Christmas? We are invited to be people who live in a changed world, as CHANGED people. The treasure we find in Jesus will change everything.

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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 Gift Of The Prince Of Peace

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s December 21 message, “The Gift Of The Prince Of Peace” is now available.

This sermon is part seven of our series “Glory & Peace (Advent 2014)” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

12/21 SUMMARY: We conclude our Advent 2014 series with a focus on not just the gift of peace with God or from God, but the gift of God’s Son Himself, whom Scriptures tells us is “the “Prince Of Peace.” Rejoice in the one who is Peace in Himself!  Let’s get a clarified Christmas list: Until you want Him most of all you won’t NEED the Prince of Peace to be your all in all. Tell the Prince Of Peace “I need you!”
Christmas Eve Services Details

Here’s our video invitation to you all–Join us Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas to all from the Fishers family! May God’s peace fill your Christmas in Sugar Land, Richmond, Missouri City and beyond!

At Fishers We love God AND our Sugar Land, Richmond, Missouri City community, and this Christmas we want to get the two together!

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Clarified Christmas list: Until you want Him most of all you won’t NEED the Prince of Peace to be your all in all. Tell the Prince Of Peace “I need you!”

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GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

[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 Gift Of The Prince Of Peace” and to answer the following questions: Until we understand that we need Jesus in every area of our lives we will continue to want other things more. What do you need most from the Prince Of Peace? What will you ask Jesus for this Christmas and into the new year?

Intro Question

Read Matthew 1:19.  Could you relate to Jerry’s teaching about Joseph–that he had His plans in mind, but God had any even greater one?  What plan are you on- Plan A, B, or where?  Read Jeremiah 29:11.  What plan do you think God has for your life?  What input can you get about that question from a spouse or trusted friend?

Read Matthew 1:21   What part of your life would you say is 80%+ all together and doesn’t need any saving at all?  What’s a part that you could share that is messy or struggling?

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:23b  God wants all of you–not a timeshare arrangement or a holiday only arrangement.  How much of Himself did Jesus give on the Cross?  Share your reaction to the realization that Jesus thought of you as such a catch that He was will to give His all for you.

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:23b  Jesus came so you could be change “through and through.”  Will you need him—let Jesus into– in your strongest part?  Will you need him—let Jesus into— into your WEAKEST part?

Closing Call To Action Question: If you were going to let Jesus begin to change you “through and through” what is the first mess you would let Him into (remember He was born in a stable so He is used to messes)?  What do you need most from the Prince Of Peace? What will you ask Jesus for this Christmas and into the new year?

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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.

A Glory That Still Shines

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The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s December 14 message, “A Glory That Still Shines” is now available.

This sermon is part five of our series “Glory & Peace (Advent 2014)” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

12/14 SUMMARY: God’s glory shines on us. God doesn’t “leave us in the dark” of our sins or fears. He loves us enough to send Jesus to be born, to die and rise for us; and also still lights the way for us today. Our response? Walk daily in the light of God’s Glory!

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GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

[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 Glory That Still Shines” and to answer the following questions: If you were going to “walk in the light” with Jesus–instead of just visiting Him once a week–what do you think would change first?

Intro Question

Read Luke 2:8-10.  Try to place yourself in this scene.  How do you think you would react to the appearance of the angel?  To the news He shared?  Read a few extra verses to see what the shepherds did next?  Could you see yourself doing the same thing?

Read John 3:19-20   Can you relate to the fear of your “deeds being exposed” from these verses?  Share a time when you felt the freedom of not having to hide anymore because God’s grace has changed a bad habit?

Read 1 John 1:5-7   This verse talks about what changes as we walk with Jesus “in the light.”  What two things happen as we walk closer to Jesus according to these verses?  Who is someone you know that you can be praying for–that they might walk more in the light and have closer fellowship with you or others?

Closing Call To Action Question: If you were going to “walk in the light” with Jesus–instead of just visiting Him once a week–what do you think would change first?

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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.

Our Feet On The Path Of Peace

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The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s December 07 message, “Our Feet On The Path Of Peace” is now available.

This sermon is part three of our series “Glory & Peace (Advent 2014)” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

12/7 SUMMARY: John the Baptist was sent to help people see and be on the path of peace. John prepared the way for the “Price Of Peace” Jesus to come at Christmas, and we can help in the same way. You become what you seek! What if you were seeking peace with God & others?? Here’s how to seek peace & guide others, too!

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GOING DEEPER (Extra Questions & Scriptures)

[Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Our Feet On The Path Of Peace” and to answer the following questions: If your feet are not on the path of peace, where would you say you are going?  What are you pursuing?

Intro Question

Read Proverbs 4:26.  God urges us in Proverbs to “give careful thought to our path.” If you stayed on the path you are walking now would you like where you ended up? Would your family and friends be proud of you? Would God be waiting at the end with a blessing or a curse? Think of who you would become if you were seeking peace with God and others!

Read Psalm 34:14 (or even better, Psalm 34:1-14)

Questions to probe deeper: What is a thought or pattern you are convicted you should “turn from” because you know you won’t like where it is going to take you?  What would it look like for you to seek peace with God?  

Read Psalm 139:24   What wrong or harmful way have you sensed God guiding you to turn from?  What is a positive or Godly thought or pattern you could put in place of that previous, wrong way?

Read Hebrews 12:14   This verse talks about living at peace with others and sometimes that means letting go of our rights to wound them back in return–even though it was the other person who harmed us.  Who do you need to “forgive” so that you can have peace?

Read Romans 12:18-19   This verse talks about letting go of our rights to have justice or revenge one someone who harmed us AS we trust God to ultimately provide that justice.  What hurt do you need to give up to God and entrust Him to work justice and vengeance?

Closing Call To Action Question: Who will you guide into God’s peace 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.

Glory And Peace

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The mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s November 30 message, “Glory And Peace” is now available.

This sermon is part one of our series “Glory And Peace (Advent 2014)” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

11/30 SUMMARY: Christmas is the re-telling and celebrating of God giving us the gift of peace through Jesus and us giving God glory!

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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.

Thanks+Giving

The mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s November 23 message, “Thanks+Giving” is now available.

This sermon is part two of our series “Engage (Using All We’ve Got To Do All We Can)” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

11/23 SUMMARY: In Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross we receive the gift of salvation, and another gift as well: the model of giving. Let’s learn there is no thanks without giving because we owe for what we’ve received–and practice it!

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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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