Sermons by Jack Abels

Surprised by Purpose

COLOSSIANS 1:24-29 Paul lets the church know that Christ had given him a purpose (v.24-25). How can we fill up what was lacking in the suffering of Christ? What stewardship has been given to us to make the word fully known? What have we been doing to make the word of God more fully known?…

Standing at the Edge of Self-Discovery

COLOSSIANS 1:24-29 The apostle Paul discovers and shares his role in Christ (Colossians 1:24-26). How does our culture strive for self-discovery? How does Paul realize and then live in the only real way that discovers self? The mystery revealed to all believers now supplies the hope of glory (v.27). How does living for Jesus discover…

Hope in the Midst of Anguish

LAMENTATIONS 3:18-24 In times of great anguish we can easily lose our hope (v. 18-20). What anguish was robbing Jeremiah of his hope? What anguish is robbing us of our hope? Remembering the steadfast love of God will help you find hope (v. 21f). What will help you to be more firmly convinced of the…

‘The Hopeful’ Pursue Righteousness

I TIMOTHY 6:11-16 To pursue righteousness, we need to flee from materialism (v.11, 9-10). If we are to be righteous, why is it so important to flee from the love of money? What will motivate you to do a better job of fleeing from materialism? Pursuing righteousness includes godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness (v.11).…

The Assignment That Brings Hope to Our World

MATTHEW 28:19-20 When Jesus declared His ultimate authority, He gave one assignment (28:18-20). How does making disciples differ from calling people to salvation? Why does baptism come after the making of a disciple? What all is involved in making people to be disciples? The nature of the assignment is immense and clear (Luke 6:40). How…

The Hope for Our World

EPHESIANS 4:11-16 The hope for our world is the equipped body Christ (v.11-12). What can I do to become better equipped for the work of ministry? How am I strengthening and building up the body of Christ? The hope for our world is the united and mature body of Christ (v.13). Why does equipping the…