Are You Living THE Life?

2015-07-27_titleThe .mp3 audio file for Senior Pastor Jerry McNamara’s July 26 message, “Are You Living THE Life? (‘I AM #5)” is now available.


This sermon is part 11 of our summer teaching series “Life In HIS Name (Gospel Of John Teaching Series)” and wa
s offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

07/26/15 SUMMARY: Zombies are all the rage in pop culture because the “undead” seems to live for nothing more than talking life from others.  But we, too are only “half alive” if we haven’t come to the point of living by believing in Jesus.  Learn how intentionally answering (and living our answer) to Jesus’ question in John 11: 26 can change our lives.


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Questions

Read Matthew 16:13-16.  Jerry taught this is THE most important question we will ever answer.  Who do YOU say Jesus is?  Does your answer show through in your life (for a reference point see Luke 6:43-46)?  As Jerry taught, your answer to this question shapes your eternity!

Read John 11:24-26.  Jerry also taught that this question, the one posed to Martha is the second-most important question we will ever answer–because this answer will shape our daily life and choices.  Do you believe Jesus is The resurrection and THE life?  Can you say that you live your everyday life by the compass of believing in Jesus?  What do you think would be different if you “lived by believing in Jesus” rather than merely seeking His help when things go wrong?

Write or pray a prayer where you share your answers to these questions.  Ask Jesus to guide you as you live by believing in Him.  Also, pray about and bring to Jesus any part of your life–your hope, a relationship, stuck in a job–that feels “dead” and in need of resurrection.

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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 No-Obstacles God

2015-07-20_titleThe .mp3 audio file for Senior Pastor Jerry McNamara’s July 19 message, “The No-Obstacles God (Miraculous Sign #5)” is now available.


This sermon is part 10 of our summer teaching series “Life In HIS Name (Gospel Of John Teaching Series)” and wa
s offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

07/19/15 SUMMARY: Watching Jesus walk on water–His fifth miraculous sign–we celebrate again that we have a God who knows no obstacles, and empowered by Jesus we discover how we can overcome one our greatest obstacles: fear.  Because of His love Jesus has crossed water, our sin and even death for you! Be willing to let Him in!


GOING FURTHER  (More from “The No-Obstacles God” at Fishers)

Questions

Read John 6:16-21.  When the disciples saw Jesus they were frightened of Him more than the storm they faced–how has fear twisted your perspective?  What has fear stopped you from doing?  Jesus said to His disciples, “It’s Me! Take courage!”  What truth from Jesus (a Bible verse or promise) can you hold onto this week to strengthen your courage?  The disciples were willing to let Jesus into their boat and then their storm end.  What circumstance are you facing that has been overwhelming, but now you are willing to let Jesus into?

Write or pray a prayer of your thankfulness and share one thing you will change don’t let fear be an obstacle 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.

I AM The Good Shepherd

2015-07-12_coverThe .mp3 audio file for Pastor Allen Bauer’s July 12 message, “I AM The Good Shepherd (‘I AM’ #4)” is now available.


This sermon is part 9 of our summer teaching series “Life In HIS Name (Gospel Of John Teaching Series)” and wa
s offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

07/12/15 SUMMARY:  Our series, looking at John’s seven miraculous signs and seven “I AM” statement comes to the fourth ‘I AM’ statement: “I AM the Good Shepherd.” In the third ‘I AM’ statement, Jesus described Himself as a gate or door, protecting His sheep (all of us).  Now in “I AM the Good Shepherd” Jesus is saying He will do more than protect; He willingly sacrifices HIS life for ours so we can have His GOOD life!


GOING FURTHER  (More from “I AM The Good Shepherd” at Fishers)

Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “I AM The Good Shepherd” and to answer the following questions: 

Questions

Read John 10:14In John 10:14, Jesus states “I know my sheep.” That means Jesus knows you–including all the wrong that you’ve done or said–and STILL chose to lay His life down for you. What one thing Jesus “knows” about you (one past sin or pattern such as angry words) that you are amazed He could forgive?

Write or pray a prayer of your thankfulness and share one thing you will change as you follow your Good Shepherd 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.

The Feeding–What Jesus Already Has In Mind

2015-07-05_coverThe .mp3 audio file for Pastor Allen Bauer’s July 5 message, “The Feeding Of The 5000″ is now available.


This sermon is part 8 of our summer teaching series “Life In HIS Name (Gospel Of John Teaching Series)” and wa
s offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

07/05/15 SUMMARY:  Our series looking at John’s seven miraculous signs and seven “I AM” statement comes to the fourth miraculous sign: the feeding of 5000 with just five loaves and two fish.  Though our resources (and our faith) may be small, Jesus’ are without limit!  Jesus already knows what He has in mind to do through what you will trust Him enough to offer!


GOING DEEPER (More from “Feeding The 5000″ at Fishers)

Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Feeding The 5000″ and to answer the following questions: 

Questions

Read Matthew 14:13; Mark 1:35; Luke 4:42.  Many times Jesus went to a quiet (solitary) place to spend time in worship and prayer.  What does that say to us? Where and when is your solitary time with the Father?

Read Nehemiah 9:17-19; Psalm 51:1; Psalm 86:15; Psalm 119:156; Ephesians 4:32.  How has God shown you compassion?  If God is compassionate to us what does that mean for us showing compassion to others? Make a plan for the next few weeks on how you can demonstrate God’s compassion to others.

Read 1 Corinthians 12.  God has given each of us spiritual gifts.  Jesus used the gift of the little boy and multiplied it.  How can you use the gifts to bring glory to God? Why is it important that we each use our gifts for the good of the “body” (church) of Christ? If someone isn’t using their gifts what happens to them and the “body” of Christ?

Read Matthew 6:33.  How are you seeking God’s kingdom and the righteousness won by Christ?

 

 

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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.

I Am The Door

2015-06-28_coverThe .mp3 audio file for Pastor Allen Bauer’s June 28 message, “I AM the Door” is now available.


This sermon is part 7 of our summer teaching series “Life In HIS Name (Gospel Of John Teaching Series)” and wa
s offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

06/28/15 SUMMARY:  Our series looking at John’s seven miraculous signs and seven “I AM” statement comes to the third “I AM” statement of Jesus, where Jesus says in John 10:9 “I AM the Door [Gate].”   Jesus both guards us and leads us safely into the best life possible!


GOING DEEPER (More from “I AM the Door” at Fishers)

Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “I AM the Door” and to answer the following questions: 

Questions

Read Job 31:32; Psalm 24:7; Psalm 141:3.  Why do you think the scriptures use a variety of metaphors for a door?

Read Exodus 12:22. How is the Passover and the placing of the lamb’s blood on the doorway a precursor to Jesus blood shed on the cross as our ultimate sacrifice?

Read 1 Peter 5:8.  Have you ever been attacked by the devil and temptation? How have you overcome it?

Read Rev. 3:20. When have you heard Jesus knocking on the door of your life?  What did you do?

Read Psalm 23.  How is this psalm like Jesus being the “Door”?  How does God protect us and guide us?

 

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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.

Healing A Broken Man

2015-06-21_coverThe .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s June 21 Father’s Day message, “Healing A Broken Man” is now available.


This sermon is part 6 of our summer teaching series “Life In His Name (Gospel Of John Teaching Series)” and wa
s offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

06/21/15 SUMMARY:  Our series looking at John’s seven miraculous signs and seven “I AM” statement comes to the third miraculous sign, Jesus’ healing of a paralyzed man by the pool of Bethesda.   Jesus restores broken people (still today!) so ask for help to live free from sin AND be free to live in joy!


GOING DEEPER (More from “Healing A Broken Man” at Fishers)

Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Healing A Broken Man” and to answer the following questions: 

Questions

Read John 5:1-7.  What is the man’s response when Jesus asks him if he wants to be well?  Have you ever made an excuse why it is hard for you to change a broken area in your life?  Could you imagine making some excuse to Jesus if He ask you if you wanted to get well?

Read John 5:8-9.  Jerry explained that Jesus’ words are powerful (just like at creation or when he spoke and rose the dead (see John 11:43).  What Word of God do you know that indicates Jesus has power to cancel the power of sin and restore you?  Try Romans 6:5-11 or Mark 9:17-25 or 1 John 4:18.  No ask yourself: what is more powerful: your sin (and excuses) or God & His Word?

Read John 5:10-14.  When confronted with the choice or listening to man-made rules about the Sabbath or “the One who made me well said…” which did the man follow?  Who are you more likely to listen to–humans or God?  Do you believe what Jerry said about Jesus’ warning in John 5:14 being shared in love?  Has anyone else who loves you ever warned you to avoid something?  Jerry pointed out that this man has been paralyzed for 38 years because of his sin, but if he continues in it “something worse” may happen.  Imagine for a moment what might be “worse” than the guilt, fear, or shame you feel from your own brokenness and sin?  See our children repeat our pattern of sin? Risking NOT being with our loved ones because we wouldn’t let go of a pattern of sin (see 1 John 5:18 & Revelation 21:8)  Risk not seeing our loved ones in Heaven because they continued our pattern of sin?

Read John 5:17.  What is an area in your life where you will be asking God to continue to be “working?”  What pattern or sinful habit in you (or one of your children?) will you ask God to work on and speak into?

Read 1 John 3:1-3.  Jerry said we can no more purify ourselves than the broken man in John 5 could “un-paralyze” himself.  But can we believe Jesus’ Words to us our powerful and can change us?  Can we believe Jesus loves us and wants us free

Suggested Activity

God’s Word is powerful as Hebrews 4:12 tells us.  Look up some of the scriptures Jerry shared or find others that speak to your area of brokenness.  Ask God to bring the power of His Word and His love to life in you.  Ask Him for the sake of Jesus Who did Love’s powerful work on the cross to free you!  

Find more help at this Christian Life Coaching Website!

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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.

I AM The Light Of The World

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s June 14 message, “I AM The Light Of The World” is now available.

2015-06-14_coverThis sermon is part 5 of our summer teaching series “Life In His Name (Gospel Of John Teaching Series)” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

 

 

06/14/15 SUMMARY:  Our series looking at John’s seven miraculous signs and seven “I AM” statement comes to the second “I AM” statement, “I AM the light of the world. Jesus did the work of shining ON us; now the smallest act shines Jesus’ light THRU us; so SHINE!

Jerry showed a touching video of one inspiring five-year-old boy and how he let Jesus’ love shine through him.  To watch “Josiah’s Light Shine” click below.

 

Let’s SHINE! from FishersOfMenSL on Vimeo.


 

GOING DEEPER (More from “I AM The Light Of The World” at Fishers)

 

Click to open a printable copy of today's "Going Deeper" sectionNote: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “I AM The Light Of The World” and to answer the following questions: 

Questions

Read John 9:1-5.  Why do you think it is hard for us to keep doing the work of the One who sent Jesus (John 9:4)?  Why is it challenging for you?  What gets in the way most–fear? not knowing where to start?  Not feeling equipped?  After watching the video of Josiah and Jerry reminder that it is the simplest acts of kindness that often shine the most, what do you think you can try this week?  Who do you sense God bringing to your mind as a person to serve and shine God’s light toward?

Read Isaiah 60:1-3.  Since you have received God’s light to lead us out of the darkness of sin, what does this passage say about how important it is for us to shine?

Suggested Activity

A GREAT activity would be to watch and work through an excellent video study (based off of a powerful book by the same title), The Next Christians.  You can access it FREE through our Church’s digital Library at this The Next Christians link. Don’t have access to our digital library yet?  Click the following link to request your FREE Fishers Digital Library Access account.

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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.

Healing For A Child

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s June 7 message, “Healing For A Child (Miracle #2)” is now available.

This sermon is part 4 of our summer teaching series “Life In His Name (Gospel Of John Teaching Series)” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

 

 

06/07/15 SUMMARY: Our study of John continues with a look at Jesus’ second miraculous sign.  Like the official in this story from John 4, we, too, can come, seeking Jesus for our children and others who are sick; and go, taking Jesus at His word!

 


 

GOING DEEPER (More from “Healing For A Child-Miracle #2″ at Fishers)

 

Click to open a printable copy of today's "Going Deeper" sectionNote: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “Healing For A Child-Miracle #2″ and to answer the following questions: 

Questions

Read John 4:43-54.  What’s a situation you can recall where you, like this official, felt desperate to get help for a child or other loved one?  How did you find help?  What help do you sense you received from God in that situation?  When did you ask God for help–right away or after the situation go more desperate?  Why do you think we often wait until a situation is desperate before we ask others (and God) for help?  Look again at 4:48, and imagine yourself as this father.  How would you have responded to Jesus’ first statement?  Would you have gotten angry?  Given up and gone home?  Jerry taught that as long as the other person is still alive, there is still hope and time for desperate prayer.  Do you agree?  Read 2 Samuel 12:13-23.  What parallel to the father in our Gospel story do you see?  Can you foresee yourself praying like this–why or why not?

Read Psalm  143:1-12.  When was the last time you cried out to God for mercy and help?  Though David in verse 3 is describing another human as his enemy, can you imagine using this same phrasing to describe the enemy of cancer, depression, or addiction pursuing your loved one?  Does it help you to see that even a “Bible hero” like David could grow discouraged and dismayed (see Psalm 143:4)?  David thought of past blessings and rescues from God as a way of “holding on” in faith.  What past help from God can you recall to encourage yourself to have faith and pray today–with boldness– for loved ones or yourself?

Suggested Activity
Jerry suggested we think of praying for others (intercessory prayer) as the journey love makes to Jesus.  As you attempt to pray for others, we offer two Scriptures that can be models for you.  Remember, there isn’t any “expertise” needed to be a prayer intercessor!  Come to God with a name of someone your love and share their need in dependent (desperate) faith!

Two Models for praying for others
 
Read and pray through John 4:50
“Go,” Jesus replied, “your child will live.”  Now say to Jesus in humble faith something like this:
     “Jesus, You said to this parent ‘your child will live.’  I ask for your same mercy! 
     I ask You, Jesus to give US the same sign of Your goodness: Let my child/spouse/whomever live! ” 
 
Read and Pray Through Psalm 143 (while this psalm is talking more of own’s own suffering, the pattern below easily helps us pray for others, too)
     Honest cry for help (Psalm 143:1)
     Explain circumstance (Psalm 143:2)
     Share feelings, fears (Psalm 143:3)
     Express faith [in GOD; what He’s done in the past] (Psalm 143:4-7)
     State desired answer (Psalm 143:8-12)

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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.

First “I AM” – The Bread Of Life

2015-05-31_coverThe .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s May 31 message, “First ‘I AM’ – The Bread Of Life” is now available.

This sermon is part 3 of our summer teaching series “Life In His Name (Gospel Of John Teaching Series)” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

 

 

05/31/15 SUMMARY: We’re studying the Gospel of John this summer; specifically, the seven miracles and the seven “I AM” statements that John highlights in Jesus’ ministry. In the first “I AM” from John 6, we see that only in Jesus can we find the satisfaction we crave in this life!  We will only find the life we were created to have in the Son of God who died to give it to us!

 


 

GOING DEEPER (More from “First ‘I AM’ – The Bread Of Life” at Fishers)

 

Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “That You May Have Life” and to answer the following questions: 

Questions

Read John 6:25-34.  Question 1

Read John 6:35-40.  Question 2

Suggested Activity
Love activity with Moms

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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.

That You May Have Life

The .mp3 audio file for Pastor Jerry McNamara’s May 17 message, “That You May Have Life” is now available.

This sermon is part 1 of our summer teaching series “Life In His Name (Gospel Of John Teaching Series)” and was offered during our Sunday worship service at Fishers Of Men Lutheran, one of the growing churches of Sugar Land.

05/17/15 SUMMARY: Over the next fifteen Fishers Of Men Lutheran Church will be studying the Gospel of John on Sunday mornings.  Unique in many ways to the other gospels, John provides us with a history of Jesus Christ designed to reveal him as God and savior AND to reassure us.  We will focus especially on the seven miracles and seven “I Am” statements that John records.  The message of John is unmistakable: “But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).  We will only find the life we were created to have in the Son of God who died to give it to us!

 


 

GOING DEEPER (More from “That You May Have Life” at Fishers)

 

Note: you might find a look at today’s live outline or the worship folder can be helpful to review the teaching points from “That You May Have Life” and to answer the following questions: 

Questions

Read John 2:1-6.  Question 1

Read John 2:1-6.  Question 2

Suggested Activity
Love activity with Moms

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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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