Almost Christian
A Re-Write/Paraphrase of John Wesley's Sermon by Rev. Karen Humber, Co-Pastor of Peninsula Church of the Nazarene (Long Beach, WA)

Answering the Questions Jesus' Asked
Dr. Lyle Pointer, Former Professor of Evangelism, Nazarene Theological Seminary

We tend to focus on the questions we have about God.  And we have some serious questions to ask.  Perhaps we would do well to answer the questions Jesus asked to those living in his times.  This sermon series, drawn from the Gospel of Mark, places before the listener relevant questions posed by the Master Teacher who wants us to follow Him.

Why Are You So Afraid? Do You Still Have No Faith? (Mark 4:35-51)     Video Resource
Do You Still Not See or Understand? (Mark 8:11-21)     Video Resource
Who Do You Say I Am? (Mark 8:27-30)     Video Resource
What Good is it for a Person to Gain the Whole World, Yet Forfeit His Soul? (Mark 8:31-38)     Video Resource
What Do You Want Me To Do for You? (Mark 10:35-52)
Are You Not In Error Because You Do Not Know? (Mark 12:18-27)    Video Resource

Answering Searchers' Questions
Dr. Lyle Pointer, Former Professor of Evangelism, Nazarene Theological Seminary

People inside and outside the church are asking honest questions--questions worth evaluating and exploring. 

The following sermons/lectures provide possible responses to these important issues.

What About Hypocrites in the Church?
How Can I Believe In a God Who Lets Bad Things Happen to Good People?
I Don't Have to Go to Church to be a Christian.
I Believe There Are Lots of Ways to God.

Bonding Pastor and People
Dr. Lyle Pointer, Former Professor of Evangelism, Nazarene Theological Seminary

Building Bridges
Evangelistic Sermons Sermons Directed toward Bringing People to a Decision for Christ or Encouraging Laity to Reach the Lost

Becoming Friends With God  (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)
Coming Home  (Luke 15:11-32)
Discovering Jesus  (Matthew 27:41-54)
Experiencing More in Life  (Luke 19:1-10)
How Good is Good Enough  (Romans 3:21-24)
Lost or Found (Luke 15:8-10)
Making Sense of Life  (1 Timothy 2:1-6)
Singled Out  (Acts 9)
There's Got to Be More (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11; John 4)
You Can't Have It Both Ways  (1 Kings 18)

Connecting the Church with the Unchurched: Why Share Your Faith?
"I pray that you will be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ."

Philemon 6 Outline

Encouraging Discouraged Worshippers

Enlarging the Family of Faith Sermons
Derl Keefer, District Superintendent, Wisconsin

How Do I Put Life Together? (Acts 16:16-34)
Don’t Delay (Matthew 24:36-44)
No Limit! (Mark 7: 24-31)
Meeting the Challenges of Life (Ephesians 2:1-22)
The Seal of God (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11)

Evangelism Sermon Series Introduction
In the Bible we read of men who saw God. They discovered God in ways that transformed them. What they saw compelled them to say something about Him. This reoccurring pattern is summarized in I John 1:1, “That… which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at, and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.”
This sermon series takes us into the lives of men who encountered God. The encounter so inspired they felt compelled to tell other people. We are the benefactors of these rich interviews with God.
The overriding objective of these sermons is to urge church people to tell what they know about God from their encounters with Him.

Ananias - A Vision that Transforms
Gideon - An Uncertain Encounter
Micah - Encountering God
Philip - Following the Spirit
Paul - From Knocked Down
Moses - Gaining Confidence
Isaiah - Encounters that Empower
Jacob - Responding to Mercy
Samuel - The Persistent Voice
Peter - When the Church Changes

A Future Formed by Faithfulness
Dr. Lyle Pointer, Former Professor of Evangelism, Nazarene Theological Seminary
Faithfulness is not a shiny word. We do not hurry to faithfulness because it is attractive and flashy.  Faithfulness is hardly magnetic with an irresistible draw.  In fact, faithfulness does not work. It is inconvenient.  But God speaks a contrary word.  He calls us to faithfulness.

A Furture Formed by God's Faithfulness (2 Samuel 7:18-29)
How Faithfulness Forms our Future (Jeremiah 31:16-22)
A Future Formed by Faithfulness (Matthew 24:45-51)
Faithfulness: Inglorious and Indispensible (1 Corinthians 15:50-58)

The Invitation
Brandin Melton, Lead Pastor of One Life Church of the Nazarene in Springfield, MO

               The Initial Invitation (Various Passages in Matthew & Luke)

Journey with Jesus
Easter Sunday Sermon based on Luke 24

Living Christian in a Critical World

Living in the Power of God
J.J. James, Pastoral Service at Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene in Ridgefield, Washington

Plugging In (Acts 4:13-22)
Power for Problems (Acts 6:1-7)
Power for Praise (Acts 16:16-34)
Power for Planting (Acts 18:1-11)
Power for Prevailing (Acts 26:18-19)

Loving Your Friends to Faith Sermons

Becoming a Commissioned Christian  (Luke 24:36-49)
Becoming a Compassionate Christian  (Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2)
Becoming a Convincing Christians  (Ephesians 4:14-24)
Becoming a Credible Christian  (Ephesians 4:1-13)

The Missional Church
Dr. Lyle Pointer, Former Professor of Evangelism, Nazarene Theological Seminary
Congregations long to become missional.  Missional means to imitate the incarnational ministry of Jesus.  Jesus shaped the values and transformed the hearts of His disciples.  He insisted they meet the needs of the poor particularly.  He taught them to care for others.  These sermons address some of the concerns of caring congregations who will welcome outsiders into fellowship.

Announcing Good News (Matthew 28:19-20)
How God Builds His Church (Matthew 16:13-19)
The New Testament Church (Matthew 16:13-19)
Developing a Passion for People (Luke 9:1-6)
Becoming a Welcoming Congregation (Acts 9:26-31)
Lifting the Love Level of Our Congregation (Romans 12:9-21)
Getting Ready for Company (Ephesians 2:13-22; 3:7-13)
Dynamic Discipleship (Ephesians 4:29-5:7)
A Church for Our Community (Ephesians 5:25-27; 3:10-11; Matthew 16:18)
Remembering Our Partnerships (Philippians 1:3-11)
What Kind of Church Will God Use (2 Timothy 1:3-14; 2:14)
Learning to Live Successfully (2 Timothy 2:1-7)
You Don't Have To Go To Church  to be a Christian (1 Peter 1:15-16; Hebrews 10:25)

Pentecost Sermons on Evangelism
Dr. David Busic, General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene

Sermon 1:  Making A Difference—Matthew 5:13-16
Sermon 2.  Second-Half Preparations—Acts 1:4-8, 12-14; 2:1-4
Sermon 3.  Grace Connections—Ephesians 2:1-8
Sermon 4.  God’s Expectations—Exodus 19:1-6

Reaching Their Hearts Through His
Dr. Lyle Pointer, Former Professor of Evangelism, Nazarene Theological Seminary
Paul, the apostle, witnessed with words, deeds, and signs. "Reaching Their Hearts through His" is a three-part sermon series amplifying Paul's holistic approach to bringing people into a saving relationship with Jesus. The sermons are based on Romans 15.

Witnessing with Words
Acts of Kindness
Signs: The Divine Witness

Second Chances
Brian Thomas, Lead Pastor of Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene in Ridgefield, WA

Tell Your Story Sermons

A Slur That Compliments God  (Luke 15:1-7)
Impacting America  (John 5:1-14)
Telling the Next Generation  (Psalm 78:1-8)

Tell Your Family Sermons

Keeping the Front Door Unlocked and the Porch Light On (Luke 15:13-24)
A Family Questionnaire (2 Kings 4:8-32)
The Freedom of Family Forgiveness (Genesis 45)
All in the Family (Exodus 20:12)

Unanswered Prayer
Dr. Lyle Pointer, Former Professor of Evangelism, Nazarene Theological Seminary
Sermon to encourage people in prayer by understanding the misnomers of unanswered prayer.

Unanswered Prayer Sermon
Unanswered Prayer Promo

Winsome Witnessing
Dr. Lyle Pointer, Former Professor of Evangelism, Nazarene Theological Seminary
Christians want to share their faith effectively. Questions and fears can erase good intentions.  Your congregation probably needs the inspiration and instruction that shapes an evangelistic church.  These sermons coach and encourage Christians to love their friends and families to faith in Jesus.

Praying for the Non-Christian
(Genesis 18:20-32; John 17:20; Matthew 23:37; Ephesians 6:19-20; Colossians 4:2-6; Philemon 1:5)
Increasing Your God Sightings
(Exodus 33:12-23; Matthew 5:8; Matthew 13:13; Matthew 25:38f; John 1:18; John 14:9; John 19:25f; Acts 4:20; 1 John 1-4)
Searching with a Seeking God (Ezekiel 34:1-16)
Beyond Easter: Now What? (Matthew 28:1-20)
When Jesus Comes (Mark 5:1-20)
Inviting People to Church (John 1:43-51)
Divine Drawing Power (Romans 5:1-11)
Reaching the Unchurched (Colossians 4:2-6)