Sermon series

In 586 BC Jerusalem was destroyed by Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar II’s kingship; and the Jews in the region of Judah were exiled from their land.  In 539 BC, Cyrus the Great led the Persians in defeating Babylon.  One year later, 538 BC, Cyrus issues a decree allowing Israelites to return to Jerusalem, nearly 50 years after they were defeated and exiled.  The two books of Ezra and Nehemiah, often considered one book; are the account of their return.  The book of Ezra describes the rebuilding of the temple; Nehemiah describes the rebuilding of Jerusalem.

Why did Jesus have to die? Was God angry? Was God after blood; wanting to punish someone; angry until He was somehow ‘satisfied’?  So, was God, as Jesus, somehow ‘paying’ God?

What is actually going on?

A very common theoryand most likely the one many hold today, goes something like this:

What do you believe? Why do you believe it? Are you able to explain it to someone else?  

My hope is all of us; kids, teens, young, and old alike will be in a position to respond affirmatively to these questions.

Followers of Jesus are a peculiar people; living according to a very unique kingdom culture. This means taking a very different approach to Christmas than the popular consumerist one prevalent and pressing in all around us. We are turning Christmas on it's head at SEMC this 2014 advent season. Sermons by the pastors will be challenging and diverse and the decorations in church will shock you! Well, at least I can pretty much guarantee it will be unlike anything you have ever seen before.