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Sermons by J. Brian Williams

The Context

Want to know God’s will for you? Live in community. This is the context for knowing God’s will. Our commitment to Christ and other believers is inseparable. And one benefit to community is that we can expect that He will often guide us or convey His will to us through others–especially believers. Community is one […]

The Word

God is like a parent, and we are like adult children who have the capacity to understand and to choose His will for our lives. What are you going to do in order to increase your capacity to choose wisely? Knowing and doing the Word of God (the Bible) is of critical importance and is […]

What It Means to be a Disciple

What is a disciple? Jesus turned one day to the crowds following him and made some startling statements. They thought of themselves as his disciples, but he called them to question their deepest motives. They weren’t opposing him. They weren’t trying to trap him. They were not uninterested in his life and message. In fact, […]

Joining God

“Bad people should get a bad end.” This was Jonah’s outlook, and often our own. Jonah was furious with God. His wrath was a bubbling over kind of wrath. We often fail to see and act as God sees and acts. One day we hope to see realized more and more the very depth of […]

Sharing the Message

Just like Jonah, we have a message from the Creator God to a rebelling humanity for everyone. It begins with information about God’s work of sending his Son as a perfect Savior for humanity; it ends with an invitation. But people don’t have to understand it all and pass a Bible exam before they become […]

Time to Yield

Jonah succeeds in what he set out to do. He removes himself from the presence of God. Now he is drowning; he is dying. Yet God extends undeserved grace. He rescues Jonah. We learn that there is this reality of the presence of a God who loves in all of that brokenness. The grace of […]

Called to Freedom

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. —JOHN MILTON, The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates Freedom is dangerous in the hands of those who don’t use it properly. The misuse of freedom is evident in the Christian life. Believers are free from the law’s curse, its penalty, […]

Wrong way, Jo

God called Jonah to a mission of grace. To teach Jonah His grace and to show him that he loved the people of Nineveh despite their incredible sin and evil ways. Jonah ran. God’s grace really is bigger than most of us are willing to admit or perhaps even imagine. Are you running? Are you […]

What Jesus’ moms teach us

The Gospel of Matthew begins with a genealogy. In this list are the names of five women, mothers, who are the mothers and grandmothers (with a lot of greats prefixed) to Jesus Christ. There are at least five things we can learn from the lives of these five women.

Go To The Great City

God cares about cities. He sent Jonah to Nineveh. It was a wicked place. They were a violent people. That God wanted a prophet to even go and talk to them says volumes about the grace and love of God. God desired to keep this city intact. Why does God care about the cities so […]