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Sermons by Pastor Jose Carrion

Scattering the Gospel Seed

Scripture: Matthew 13: 18- 23 CEB The passage you just heard is commonly known as the parable of the sower. A parable is a short story that illustrates something about God’s nature. It contains a pearl of wisdom that helps keep our minds and hearts working for God’s kingdom. This particular parable is meant to…

Instructions for Disciples in Mission

Scripture: Matthew 10:24-39 CEB  Today’s gospel reading continues on from last Sunday where Jesus calls and prepares His disciples for their great mission. In our passage today, Jesus gives some final instructions before sending them out. He includes an honest assessment of the hardships they will face as they obey the call of Christ. They…

Preparing Disciples for Ministry

Scripture: Matthew 9:35-38 – 10:1, 5-8 CEB   For this sermon, I was led to take a different approach, and I hope that you can learn from it. I am going to walk through the passage you have just heard and highlighted three main points. You might even want to write them down so that…

A Reflection on the Trinity

Scripture: Genesis 1:25-31 CEB   Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity. In our passage, we heard the words: “Let us make humanity in our own image.” The plural form “us” and “our own” may refer to the three Persons of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Christians believe that all three were present in creating the…

Jesus is the Source of Eternal Life

Scripture: John 17:1-11 CEB These words that Jesus prays to His Father reveal His eternal purposes and priorities. They go straight to the heart of our obedience as His disciples. We may not always want to hear this, but we must follow Jesus by putting aside what we want, by lifting our gaze to take…

Recognized As Christians By Our Love

Scripture: John 14:15-21 CEB   This week we continue to look at Jesus’ teaching that he gave on the night before His crucifixion. In this passage, we see Jesus’ love and care for His disciples, and also hear some guidance for their future. Jesus tells them, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (v.15)…

Experiencing God’s love leads us to trust God

Scripture: John 14:1-14 CEB  Today we celebrate Mother’s Day. Even in this challenging season, we can take the time to honor the woman or women we love on this special day. A good mother exemplifies through her actions the kind of trust that Jesus is inviting us to have in Him as specified in today’s…

Walking in through the Right Door

John 10:1-10 CEB  This passage made me think about doors and how important it is to choose the right one. We must enter through the right door to get into the right place. But, sometimes we go through the wrong door and this leads us into wrong and sometimes embarrassing places. I will tell you…

Encountering Jesus on the Road

This Scriptural story begins three days after Jesus’ crucifixion. Two of Jesus’ disciples were walking to Emmaus, a town near Jerusalem. As they walked, they talked about the terrible events that had happened over the weekend.

The most important detail of these verses is that Jesus joined His followers on their journey. Jesus faithfully came to them even as they struggled to process what had happened.

From Blindness to Seeing

John 20: 19-31 Many Christians might agree with me that the most famous hymn ever written is “Amazing Grace,” isn’t it? “Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found. Twas blind but now I see…”   This hymn describes the most profound reality. We…