Come and See

Pastor Jon explores the stories of the prophet Samuel hearing the voice of God as a young boy as well as the Gospel story of Phillip inviting Nathaniel to come and see Jesus for himself.  God still speaks to us and sends us out into the world to tell others about His great love. 


1 Samuel 3:1-10
John 1:43-51


Things Are Already Better

Pastor Silverio teaches from the Scriptures on the Lord's Baptism in the Gospel of Mark and on the Spirit of God in the story of creation in Genesis.  The power of God that created life is sustaining our lives right now.  That's why things are already better than we think they are. 


Genesis 1:1-5

The Baptismal Covenant I (United Methodist Hymnal pg. 35)
"Do you, as Christ's body, the Church, reaffirm both your rejection of sin and your commitment to Christ?  We do."
"Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life and include these persons now before you in your care? With God's help we will proclaim the good news and live according to the example of Christ. We will surround these persons with a community of love and forgiveness, that they may grow in their trust of God, and be found faithful in their service to others. We will pray for them, that they may be true disciples who walk in the way that leads to life."


You're This, Not That

The Christmas season can be a painful reminder of what we don't have and all the ways that we are hurting right now.  The birth of Christ, however, reminds us that we are children of God.  Therefore, we can grab on to Christmas, even in the midst of sorrow and pain, to be reminded that we are beloved sons and daughters of God. 


Galatians 4:4-7


Since God Can

Sometimes it seems easier to believe that God became human in the form of a baby than to believe that God can perfect us in this life...but God can.  The birth of Jesus shows us that our efforts, our work, and our religious practices can't save our lives and earn God's love, only God can.  Living like we believe God can means our efforts and our work become about ensuring that everyone we know experiences the same saving love of God.  


2 Peter 3:8-15a


Can't God Make Us Perfect?

Do you believe that God can make you perfect during this lifetime?  As we remember the anticipation of Jesus' birth by anticipating His return on this First Sunday of Advent, Pastor Jon invites us to identify what our focus is for our lives during this time of waiting.  If it is not in the understanding that God is powerful enough to deliver us from the power of sin and lead us to what John Wesley calls "Christian perfection," than what can we do in order to change that?


1 Corinthians 1:3-9



What does something that is so ordinary as a tree have to teach us about the work God wants to do in our hearts? Rev. Matt Idom, President/CEO of Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in Palestine, TX teaches from the Scriptures about God's desire and plan for us to bear good fruit. 


Luke 6:43-45

Whole Heart Work

Whole heart love requires whole heart work.  Pastor Silverio reflects on the Apostle Paul's words in Philippians 3 about being a place in life where he pursues Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his suffering and offers guidance on how we can get to such place in our own lives. 


Philippians 3:3b-14

Merciful God,
we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will, we have broken your law,
   we have rebelled against your love, we have not loved our neighbors,
   and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
From: A Service of Word and Table 1, United Methodist Hymnal. 


Near To The Heart of God

Rev. Jon Stouffer

Pastor Jon continues exploring the question of what our purpose is in times like these.  In Romans 12,  Paul encourages the Church to seek after the transformation and renewal of our minds, so that we might better understand what the will of God is for our lives.  We can grow in Christ as we make ourselves available to the work that God's Spirit wants to do in us.  As we seek to grow, we move closer and closer to the heart of God.  


Romans 12: 1-8 


Rev. Jon Stouffer

On the Sunday after Hurricane Harvey left Southeast Texas, we gathered to sing, pray, and open the Scriptures together.  Pastor Jon preached on Philippians 2 and reminded us that the reason we can help and serve one another during these hard times is because of who Christ is and because Christ is living in all of us. 

Bonus Content: Stay tuned after the sermon to hear a powerful rendition of a familiar tune, "My Tribute," by Fred Simon. 


Philippians 2:1-11

"Even God cannot fill a vessel that is already filled..." - Mother Teresa

"I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 
Thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth,let it be ratified in heaven.
Amen."  - Wesley Covenant Prayer