Why do Christians worship on Sunday instead of Saturday? What does the word “Sabbath” really mean? Dr. Wilder answers these questions in this first of two messages based on Genesis 2:1-3. He also explains our need for true rest, both physically and spiritually.
1st Lesson: Psalm 121:1-8
2nd Lesson: Genesis 2:1-3
The apostle Paul was falsely accused of many things and had to defend himself before Festus the governor and King Agrippa. Even then while in chains, he used the opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. We should not wait for things to be comfortable or safe in order to tell others about all that God has done for us. Dr. Wilder preaches on our calling to lead others to Christ as he concludes this month long study on the Book of Acts.
1st Lesson: Psalm 91:1-16
2nd Lesson: Acts 26:1-32
Dr. Wilder continues our month long focus of the Book of Acts. This message teaches us that Christians will always face criticism, both within and without the Body of believers. We face such criticism with good courage, not letting it stand in the way of seeking the conversion of others to faith in Christ. And in all things, we demonstrate compassion in the name of Jesus.
1st Lesson: Psalm 65
2nd Lesson: Acts 11:1-30
In his series of messages for the month of May, Dr. Wilder continues to preach and teach on the Book of Acts. In this reading, we learn how the Gospel message spread from the Jewish people to the Gentiles. God used the apostle Peter to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to Cornelius, who was a Roman centurion. Believers today are called to share the same message with those who do not yet know Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Dr. Wilder preaches on Acts 9 in which we learn how Saul the persecutor of the early Church became Paul who was persecuted for his faith in Jesus. The Church on earth has experienced persecution in every age, including this one. It is estimated that some 200 million Christians are suffering and being persecuted today because of their faith in Jesus. God give us courage like those brothers and sisters as we serve him and proclaim the Gospel.
Dr. Wilder preaches on Luke’s report of God’s mighty acts of power in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. The apostles were waiting in the city in obedience to the command of Christ. Through their obedience, the Lord was able to use them in leading 3,000 people to faith in Christ. God asks us to seek his will in faithful obedience so that through our witness, others would come to know and love Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Dr. Wilder preaches on this text in which Jesus tells the Pharisees and Herodians to "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." People of faith actually have “dual citizenship” in the kingdom of this world and the Kingdom of our Lord. We are called to serve God with honorable living in both.
In today's lesson from the last chapter in John we see how Christ's love
forgives, renews, and gives purpose to Simon Peter. Without this act of love
and kindness Peter's denial may well have kept him from becoming the great
apostle that we read about in the book of Acts.
This sermon explores the wonderful description of Jesus given in chapter
1 of the book of Revelation, especially that Jesus is "the faithful witness"
and what this means for our own witness, as Jesus' followers, in this broken
Dr. Wilder preaches on the Good News of the resurrection of Jesus as reported in John’s Gospel. Christ called Mary by name as He knows and calls each of us to Himself. “Doubting Thomas” because “Faithful Thomas” when the power of the resurrection was made known to him. In the same way, God wants each of us to have faith instead of doubts in His love.
In this non-traditional Maundy Thursday sermon, Pr. Breidenbach focuses
on the fascinating Ceremony of the Cup and its significance in Jesus
presenting the New Covenant in his blood and issuing a New Commandment within
the context of the ancient betrothal rite.
John 13:1-17, 31b-34
In his Palm Sunday message, Dr. Wilder provides helpful background information on the significance of palm branches, the word “hosanna,” and the donkey Jesus rode as he entered Jerusalem. He then preaches on the meaning of the cross and the glory of God displayed as Jesus was “lifted up” for our sake.