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Sermons/Talks from Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at the University of Arkansas (woo pig)

Episodios

  • The Most Important Thing | 1 Corinthians 15:1-10

    The Most Important Thing | 1 Corinthians 15:1-10

    23/04/2020 Duración: 25min

    "I'm glad to be here with you Samwise Gamgee, here at the end of all things." - FrodoThis is my last talk with RUF at Arkansas (I recently took a job to be the Campus Minister at the University of Tennessee). And because I'm an enneagram 4 and melodramatic...I had to quote Tolkien from Lord of the Rings! But because of COVID-19, we had our last RUF Large Group over Zoom. Aaaaaaand... I was in my mother-in-law's bedroom for my last sermon!Anyway, I thought to myself, What would I want my students to hear? What do I need to hear? And that's how we came to 1 Corinthians 15. Paul says that the gospel of Jesus is "of first importance." So, my beloved Arkansas students, remember the gospel.Christ was born. Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again. TEXT: 1 Corinthians 15:1-10

  • Unveiled: The Story of the World | Revelation 12:1-17

    Unveiled: The Story of the World | Revelation 12:1-17

    12/03/2020 Duración: 34min

    We continue our series entitled: "Unveiled: Following Jesus into the New World" by looking at the true story of the world. We all love a good story. What if it's because there is a STORY behind all stories? A story where an evil Villain tries to ruin a good world. A story where a Hero comes to save the day? What if Revelation 12 is true..."And the great dragon was thrown down..."TEXT: Revelation 12:1-17Special thanks for my boys Robert Cunningham and Brian Sorgenfrei.

  • Unveiled: The Great Tribulation | Revelation 6-7

    Unveiled: The Great Tribulation | Revelation 6-7

    27/02/2020 Duración: 37min

    We continue our series entitled: "Unveiled: Following Jesus into the New World" by looking at the Great Tribulation, which is accompanied by our favorite animals - the four different-colored apocalyptic horsemen and (only?) 144,000 people raising their voices to God in heaven. Yep...Revelation starts to get crazy... There's suffering and temptation BUT there's also the blood of the lamb... What is the Great Tribulation? Could it be happening now? How does the blood from a lamb help?"These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb..."TEXT: Revelation 6-7

  • Unveiled: Self-Sufficiency | Revelation 3:14-22

    Unveiled: Self-Sufficiency | Revelation 3:14-22

    13/02/2020 Duración: 34min

    We continue our series entitled: "Unveiled: Following Jesus into the New World" by looking at the letter to the church at Laodicea. Intern Extraordinaire, James Post, explains what Jesus means when he says to the Christians at Laodicea (and to us!)... "Because you are neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth..."We want to be self-sufficient. We need to repent. We need Jesus.TEXT: Revelation 3:14-22

  • Hurry as an Enemy to Love | WuCo Seminar 2020 | Matthew 11:28-30

    Hurry as an Enemy to Love | WuCo Seminar 2020 | Matthew 11:28-30

    08/02/2020 Duración: 54min

    "Why was I in such a hurry to become someone I didn't even like?" - John Mark ComerIf you feel overwhelmed, busy, anxious, or always having too much to do, come hitch yourself up to Jesus, and live life at the pace of grace, a rhythm of unhurried, intentional labor. For, the claim is, it's really hard to love people when you're in a hurry.TEXT: Matthew 11:28-20RESOURCE: "The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry", John Mark Comer

  • Unveiled: Forgetting to love | Revelation 2:1-7

    Unveiled: Forgetting to love | Revelation 2:1-7

    30/01/2020 Duración: 38min

    John writes 7 letters to churches in Asia minor. Ephesus is the first church addressed and they are doing amazing things for God. They are achieving and performing, guarding doctrinal purity, laboring patiently for the gospel... BUT. They forgot something. They forgot to love Jesus. We'll discuss the reasons we often forget to love Jesus, and how this letter wants to train us to NOT forget to love.TEXT: Revelation 2:1-7

  • Unveiled: the Book of Revelation | Revelation 1:1-8

    Unveiled: the Book of Revelation | Revelation 1:1-8

    16/01/2020 Duración: 31min

    We begin a new series entitled: "Unveiled: Following Jesus into the New World" by looking at the opening verses of Revelation, the last book of the Bible. To understand one of the most avoided, least preached on, and most misunderstood books of the Bible, we have to understand what GENRE it is. It's apocalyptic, prophetic, and a pastoral letter. You get this wrong, you get the whole book wrong, and you miss what God is trying to tell you.Special love to my man-crush Robert Cunningham.TEXT: Revelation 1:1-8

  • Romance: Is One Person Enough? | Genesis 29:30 - 30:24

    Romance: Is One Person Enough? | Genesis 29:30 - 30:24

    21/11/2019 Duración: 37min

    We finish our semester with a 2-part sermon series based on David Zahl's book, "Seculosity." We often try to find value and meaning in horizontal, earthly things, rather than vertical, heavenly things. We will look at busyness and romance. "You complete me." Tom Cruise's iconic phrase from Jerry McGuire is the anthem of our culture's belief regarding romance. But is it possible to find one person who will complete us? This week we look at the longing we have for romance, the dangers of romance, and the God of romance in the story between Jacob, his two wives (Leah and Rachel), and the crazy road to creating their family. Get ready: this section of Scripture is unfiltered and intense - just like romance. TEXT: Genesis 29:30 - 30:24

  • Busyness: One thing necessary | Luke 10:38-42

    Busyness: "One thing necessary" | Luke 10:38-42

    14/11/2019 Duración: 33min

    We finish our semester with a 2-part sermon series based on David Zahl's book, "Seculosity." We often try to find value and meaning in horizontal, earthly things, rather than vertical, heavenly things. We will look at busyness and romance. "How are you?" You get asked that multiple times a day. Most likely, you respond with some form of "Well, busy as always." But is this the way we are supposed to live our lives? Jesus offers us a way out. Martha is busy and stressed. Mary sits at Jesus' feet. Jesus commends Mary. In this episode we look at the expectations our culture places on us to live stressed-out, busy lives, it's devastating effects on us, and how we can receive the rest of Jesus in our busyness. TEXT: Luke 10:38-42

  • Who touched me? | An Invitation to be Known in Suffering \\ Mark 5:24-34

    "Who touched me?" | An Invitation to be Known in Suffering \\ Mark 5:24-34

    24/10/2019 Duración: 30min

    We begin a new series this Fall entitled, "Questions from Jesus: Invitations to Grow." Jesus' first recorded words was a question (only 12 years old in Luke 2:50!). In the gospels he asks almost 300 questions! Why? Questions stretch us and force us to deal with issues we often try to avoid. The claim of the semester is that Jesus asks us questions as invitations for us to grow - both in self-awareness of who we are and in our knowledge of God and who He is. Each week we look at a different interaction where Jesus asks someone a question. I invite you to take Jesus' questions seriously - he's asking you because he loves you and wants you to grow!This week we see a nameless, faceless woman who has been bleeding for 12 years and is desperate to be healed, who comes to Jesus from behind touches his garments to be healed. We will see that the woman is desperate to be healed, and that suffering steals her dignity. While Jesus is desperate to find this woman because he wants to restore her dignity. Jesus wants to kn

  • Gain the world but lose your soul? | An Invitation to Costly Discipleship \\ Mark 8:27-37

    "Gain the world but lose your soul?" | An Invitation to Costly Discipleship \\ Mark 8:27-37

    17/10/2019 Duración: 35min

    We begin a new series this Fall entitled, "Questions from Jesus: Invitations to Grow." Jesus' first recorded words was a question (only 12 years old in Luke 2:50!). In the gospels he asks almost 300 questions! Why? Questions stretch us and force us to deal with issues we often try to avoid. The claim of the semester is that Jesus asks us questions as invitations for us to grow - both in self-awareness of who we are and in our knowledge of God and who He is. Each week we look at a different interaction where Jesus asks someone a question. I invite you to take Jesus' questions seriously - he's asking you because he loves you and wants you to grow!This week we look at the moment when Jesus tells his disciples he's going to Jerusalem to die. Peter rebukes him. Jesus calls him Satan. And we are told that following Jesus is costly, but worth it, because Jesus is better. Come learn about the costly worth of following Jesus.TEXT: Mark 8:27:37

  • Why do you call me good? | An Invitation to Follow Jesus \\ Mark 10:17-22

    "Why do you call me good?" | An Invitation to Follow Jesus \\ Mark 10:17-22

    10/10/2019 Duración: 31min

    We begin a new series this Fall entitled, "Questions from Jesus: Invitations to Grow." Jesus' first recorded words was a question (only 12 years old in Luke 2:50!). In the gospels he asks almost 300 questions! Why? Questions stretch us and force us to deal with issues we often try to avoid. The claim of the semester is that Jesus asks us questions as invitations for us to grow - both in self-awareness of who we are and in our knowledge of God and who He is. Each week we look at a different interaction where Jesus asks someone a question. I invite you to take Jesus' questions seriously - he's asking you because he loves you and wants you to grow!This week James Post, dog-lover and book-lover (overall great lover), teaches us about the the rich young man who had it all, and the Jesus who invited him to give it all up and follow him. Such a beautiful story of how Jesus invites us to give up our idols as we trust in him. TEXT: Mark 10:17-22

  • Where are we to buy bread? | An Invitation to Abundance \\ John 6:1-14

    "Where are we to buy bread?" | An Invitation to Abundance \\ John 6:1-14

    19/09/2019 Duración: 30min
  • Who will love him more? | An Invitation to Love Much \\ Luke 7:36-50

    "Who will love him more?" | An Invitation to Love Much \\ Luke 7:36-50

    12/09/2019 Duración: 31min

    We begin a new series this Fall entitled, "Questions from Jesus: Invitations to Grow." Jesus' first recorded words was a question (only 12 years old in Luke 2:50!). In the gospels he asks almost 300 questions! Why? Questions stretch us and force us to deal with issues we often try to avoid. The claim of the semester is that Jesus asks us questions as invitations for us to grow - both in self-awareness of who we are and in our knowledge of God and who He is. Each week we look at a different interaction where Jesus asks someone a question. I invite you to take Jesus' questions seriously - he's asking you because he loves you and wants you to grow!This week we look at an interaction between a very important Pharisee named Simon and a broken 'woman of the city'. Simon hosts a dinner party and invites Jesus to eat with him. During the meal, a prostitute causes a scandalous scene by throwing herself at Jesus'  feet with ointment and great sobs. While Simon judges the weeping woman (for her sins) and Jesus (for

  • What is that to you? | An Invitation Away From Comparison \\ John 21:18-25

    "What is that to you?" | An Invitation Away From Comparison \\ John 21:18-25

    05/09/2019 Duración: 32min

    We begin a new series this Fall entitled, "Questions from Jesus: Invitations to Grow." Jesus' first recorded words was a question (only 12 years old in Luke 2:50!). In the gospels he asks almost 300 questions! Why? Questions stretch us and force us to deal with issues we often try to avoid. The claim of the semester is that Jesus asks us questions as invitations for us to grow - both in self-awareness of who we are and in our knowledge of God and who He is. Each week we look at a different interaction where Jesus asks someone a question. I invite you to take Jesus' questions seriously - he's asking you because he loves you and wants you to grow!This week we look at the problem of COMPARISON. Jesus informs Peter that he is going to die as a martyr. Peter wants to also know what will happen to John. Jesus responds with a question: "What business is that of yours? You follow me." Come learn about what comparison reveals, what comparison steals, and the life-giving power of Jesus' appeal.TEXT:  John 21:18-25

  • What are you seeking? | An Invitation to Consider \\ John 1:35-39

    "What are you seeking?" | An Invitation to Consider \\ John 1:35-39

    29/08/2019 Duración: 27min

    We begin a new series this Fall entitled, "Questions from Jesus: Invitations to Grow." Jesus' first recorded words was a question (only 12 years old in Luke 2:50!). In the gospels he asks almost 300 questions! Why? Questions stretch us and force us to deal with issues we often try to avoid. The claim of the semester is that Jesus asks us questions as invitations for us to grow - both in self-awareness of who we are and in our knowledge of God and who He is. Each week we look at a different interaction where Jesus asks someone a question. I invite you to take Jesus' questions seriously - he's asking you because he loves you and wants you to grow!This week we look at Jesus' first recorded words in the gospel of John. Two disciples of John the Baptist start following Jesus and seeing them, he turns around and asks them, "What are you seeking? What do you want?" This is the first question he asks every one who follows him. If Jesus asked you that question, what would you say?TEXT: John 1:35-39

  • Praying For Joy | Psalm 84

    Praying For Joy | Psalm 84

    25/04/2019 Duración: 32min

    We finish a 5-week series entitled, "Psalms: Praying Our Emotions." We will be looking at how the Psalms teach us to pray the emotions of Anger, Sadness, Fear, and Joy. Emotions are important because they reveal our hearts and what we care most about.  We are not to give up our emotions (suppress or ignore them), give in to our emotions (act on every impulse we have), but GIVE our emotions to God, that is, pray our emotions to the God who made our emotions.We finish with something we all long for...joy! Joy begins with a longing, leads us on a journey through the wilderness, but ends in the presence of God. Along the way we'll also discuss threats to joy in our life. Wanting more joy in your life? Psalm 84 shows us what and how to pray.TEXT: Psalm 84

  • Praying Our Fears | Psalm 23

    Praying Our Fears | Psalm 23

    18/04/2019 Duración: 12min

    We are in a 5-week series entitled, "Psalms: Praying Our Emotions." We will be looking at how the Psalms teach us to pray the emotions of Anger, Sadness, Fear, and Joy. Emotions are important because they reveal our hearts and what we care most about.  We are not to give up our emotions (suppress or ignore them), give in to our emotions (act on every impulse we have), but GIVE our emotions to God, that is, pray our emotions to the God who made our emotions.In honor of senior night, we look at how to pray our fears from Psalm 23. What I want all our seniors to know as they leave college and head off into the world is that God is their good shepherd, they need to face the darkness, and that they are not alone when they do so.Seniors, may the Lord bless you and keep you. You are loved.TEXT: Psalm 23

  • Praying Our Sadness | Psalm 88

    Praying Our Sadness | Psalm 88

    11/04/2019 Duración: 34min

    We are in a 5-week series entitled, "Psalms: Praying Our Emotions." We will be looking at how the Psalms teach us to pray the emotions of Anger, Sadness, Fear, and Joy. Emotions are important because they reveal our hearts and what we care most about.  We are not to give up our emotions (suppress or ignore them), give in to our emotions (act on every impulse we have), but GIVE our emotions to God, that is, pray our emotions to the God who made our emotions.This week we look at the saddest Psalm you will ever read. The Psalmist feels weak, overwhelmed, forgotten, alone and hopeless (can you relate?). God gave us sadness as a way to deal with loss in a fallen, broken world. We all experience loss and sadness. How are we supposed to pray our sadness to God? Psalm 88 shows us the way.TEXT: Psalm 88

  • Praying Our Hate and Anger | Psalm 109

    Praying Our Hate and Anger | Psalm 109

    04/04/2019 Duración: 31min

    We are in a 5-week series entitled, "Psalms: Praying Our Emotions." We will be looking at how the Psalms teach us to pray the emotions of Anger, Sadness, Fear, and Joy. Emotions are important because they reveal our hearts and what we care most about.  We are not to give up our emotions (suppress or ignore them), give in to our emotions (act on every impulse we have), but GIVE our emotions to God, that is, pray our emotions to the God who made our emotions. This week we look at the imprecatory Psalms, ones which hurl hate and anger against others, hoping God will not wait but judge them for their actions now. What do you do with your hate and anger? We all have it. By praying it to God, the Psalms actually enable us to bless those who persecute us and love those who hate us. Like in all things, Jesus shows us the way.TEXT: Psalm 109

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