Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Our Unlikely Neighbor

We’re all like this lawyer. This lawyer isn’t just any civil lawyer. He’s not a partner for Sam Bernstein. He doesn’t have his own Television studio promoting himself to local sports fans as part of the first family of law. This lawyer is a church lawyer, a disciple of the law of Moses, one who knows the Old Testament inside and out. He knows what to do and what not to do and what happens if the law is transgressed. But even all of that doesn’t make him like us. What makes this man like all men is that he’s trying to justify himself.

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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Gospel of God is on the Move

The gospel of our God is on the move.  It is mobile, going from place to place, village to village, house to house, home to heart.  Wherever Jesus goes there goes God’s Son, there goes God’s gospel.  He is the good news made flesh, “the radiance of the glory of God, the exact imprint of His nature and he upholds the universe by the Word of His power.” (Hebrews 1:3)  With each step Jesus tramples underfoot the enemies of humanity; sin, death and devil.  …

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Proper 7

Stepping out of the boat Jesus is met by a man from the tombs.  He is a man unlike others, though very much like all.  He is possessed by the devil, under the rule of a legion of demons.  He is naked and his strength can break chains.  He is a man unlike many others.  But this man is also a gentile.  He is unclean to the Jews.  He is unclean because of unbelief.  He is unclean because of sin.  Together with his legion this man is the epitome of all men apart from God.  He is the most unclean, living in an unclean place, with an unclean people, surrounded by unclean animals.  He is a man unlike others but he is also very much like all people.