Cycle C Sermons Based on Second Lessons for Lent and Easter
Mark Ellingsen
"Go against the grain."

This is what Mark Ellingsen wants your church to hear in A Rebellious Faith. It isn't merely odd or contradictory in the eyes of the world to live a Christian life. It is offensive.

To go against the grain – by discounting our accomplishments, carrying no shame in the light of grace, considering no one outside of God's love – is to sometimes make people who worship hard work, the quest for perfection and exceptionalism deeply uncomfortable.

And that is a very good thing.

Ellingsen begins with the irrevocable truth that the ashes we put on our living bodies at the beginning of the Lenten season represent the death we all deserve. From there, he leads your congregation through the brazenly offensive, un-American ideas presented in the New Testament.

Confession does not shame and isolate us, it liberates us. Bearing the cross of our sin is not a burden, but a blessing in the knowledge the Lord has paid the ultimate price for our sin. The Resurrection does not make anyone exceptional. It unites us all whether or not we are ready to enter Heaven together.

A Rebellious Faith reminds us that the war is already won, and we are to live as brave sinners whose Savior cannot be overcome.

Cycle C Sermons for Proper 18 through Christ the King Sunday Based on the Gospel Texts
Richard Hasler
Do you serve people who feel like underdogs?

The story of Jesus' last days on Earth, as recorded in the Gospel of Luke, provide some of the New Testament's most powerful inspiration for the "underdogs" among us.

Richard A. Hasler draws from a deep well of modern-era stories to illustrate Jesus' words of comfort and hope to people who seemed foolish, destined to lose in life.

Learn how Albert Schweitzer "wasted" his gifts to become a missionary to equatorial Africa; how Feodor Dostoevsky depended on the grace of God to create beautiful work out of a broken life; how one young believer ministered to a woman living with a family of Satanists in an unlikely place; and more.

These 12 sermons included in The Last Days reminds us we have the strength to serve, persevere and trust in Jesus Christ, even when doing so looks foolish, because we follow the king of underdogs … until the last days and forevermore.

Retail Price: $183.60 (Save $45.65)
Mary Austin, Mark Ellingsen, Keith Hewitt, Derl Keefer, Schuyler Rhodes, Dave Zuchelli, Richard A. Hasler, David O. Bales
This package of resources will help you gain insight from new and different perspectives. Using these books will give you confidence and enthusiasm all year long.

Cycle C Sermons for Pentecost through Proper 17 Based on the Gospel Texts
Dave Zuchelli
It is often challenging to discuss with new believers – or even seasoned believers – the meatiest parts of Christian theology. You can't exactly answer these questions in the course of an elevator ride.

"What is the Holy Spirit? How does it work?"

"What does it mean for God to be in three persons?"

"Are demons really in the world? What are Christians supposed to do about demon possession?"

Dave Zuchelli draws from the Gospels of Luke and John to give you tools to wrestle with these questions. Whether from the pulpit, in a small group or personal conversation, the sermons inWatch This!remind us to enter into discussion with humility. To sit with our guests at the last seat at the table.

The Lord will meet you there.