Helping People Find and Follow Jesus

Sermons by Greg Sidders (Page 3)

When Loyalties Clash

To say that God is pro-family is stating the obvious, right? So why did Jesus say so many things that challenge our natural tendency to put family first?
We are going to wrestle with the most shocking statement Jesus ever made about families. As hard as it will be to hear, I trust it will be good for us, because Jesus did not come to rob us of life at its best, but to help us find it.
Plus, He loves our families more than we do, and He knows how to lead us to a lifestyle that will shake those we love out of spiritual apathy. For their sake, let’s go where Jesus leads.

When Disillusionment Hits

Be everywhere, do everything, and never fail to astonish the customer.” That’s the motto of Macy’s, and it also sums up what I expected from Jesus when I first began to follow Him. I thought He would be everywhere and do everything I wanted Him to do with astonishing power.
He has astonished me all right–by not doing what I expected. Everyone who follows Jesus will at some point hit the
this-isn’t-what-I-signed-up-for wall of disillusionment. Why should we keep following Him when He doesn’t exceed our expectations?
We are going to watch Jesus astonish His disciples, and not in a delightful way. We’ll see most turn away and a few keep following. And we will discover what fueled the endurance of the minority, so that we too will have what it takes to follow our unpredictable Lord all the way to the finish line.

When Wealth Strangles

It is impossible to follow Jesus in a society as prosperous as America without ever wrestling with the question of what He wants you to do with your money.

Unfortunately, answers to that question–even by those who claim to teach the Bible–vary so dramatically that, lacking clarity, we gravitate toward our preferences … or, to use the language of the apostle Paul, we gather around us a great number of teachers to say what our itching ears want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3).

But I dare you to find a prosperity preacher who regularly quotes the Gospel of Luke. Why? Well, let’s just say Luke doesn’t scratch where we itch.

But integrity demands that we brace ourselves and let Luke speak, because his Gospel contains far more words of Jesus on the subject of money and possessions than any other New Testament book. So this Sunday at White Pine, we are going to highlight every quote of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke that has financial implications.

I promise you this: Clarity.

When Jesus Calls

Picture two roads diverging in the woods. One is broad, level and crowded with hikers. The other is narrow, steep and occupied by one lone figure–Jesus.

Why follow Him instead of them?

Between now and Easter Sunday, we are going to study the map (the Gospels) to see what we can expect if we continue to follow Jesus every time we come to a fork in the road. Knowing both the cost and the reward will prepare us to take the less traveled route all the way to a destination like no other.

You Are Not Alone In Your Limitations

It may be distractingly obvious or carefully concealed, but whether others see it or not, you feel its potential-robbing power constantly. Whatever you call it–a handicap, a disability, a limitation, a challenge, a thorn in the flesh–it makes you wonder what might have been had you not been afflicted like no one else you know.
Believe it or not, you are surrounded with people who feel exactly like you. Personal liabilities and limitations are as common as … well, as persons.
So why doesn’t God fix us? What purpose could He possibly have in leaving us in our weakened condition? That’s the question we’ll find answers to this Sunday at White Pine. If you come with an open heart, I dare say you’ll leave with gratitude for whatever liability you have been entrusted with.

You Are Not Alone In Your Regrets

If life was a road, it would be the fork that changed your destiny. If life was a sculpture, it would be the hammer blow that fractured the possibility of a masterpiece. If life was a story, it would be the plot twist that forever darkened the narrative.

However you think about your biggest regret, it changed everything, didn’t it? How do you make peace with that part of your past and lean into the future with confidence and passion? You will see that you are not alone in your struggle to shed the baggage of regret. I hope you’ll listen and hear an encouraging whisper from God about how even that is part of His Plan A for your life.

You Are Not Alone In Your Doubt

Philip Yancey wrote: “Doubt is the skeleton in the closet of faith.”
It’s as common as can be, yet we feel like we’re alone in our doubts because nobody is saying, “Me too.”
We’ll talk about why so many of us struggle with doubts. More importantly, we’ll formulate a plan to dispel them.

You Are Not Alone In Your Bondage

Nothing is more common than feeling all alone.
Ironic as that sounds, we’ve all said to ourselves:
“No one understands what I’m going through.”
“I’m the only one who struggles with this.”
“Where is God when I need Him most?”
But if you come to White Pine throughout the month of February, you will see how powerfully isolation distorts the truth. Others can relate, God is near, and there is hope.
Want to sit in a crowd and hear God’s voice as if He were speaking to you alone? See you Sunday.

Find Your Voice

What a great month January has been at White Pine! The vision of impacting all the communities north of Portland as deeply as we have the towns of Cumberland and North Yarmouth is both daunting and exciting–daunting because we know we can’t do it on our own but exciting because we know God can do it through us! And we trust that He will as each of us PRAYS FOR ONE and OWNS OUR TOWN.
But just as important as how we pray and what we see is whether we speak. Our outreach must be verbal as well as visual, so I want to help you find your voice. Will it take courage? Yes. Will it require that you become someone you’re not? No. Come and see how God wants to use one-of-a-kind you to help others in your town find and follow Jesus.

Own Your Town

Why do you live where you live?
There may be several answers to that question, but none is more significant than this one: Because God put you there.
Which raises another question: What was His purpose for putting you there?
I hope to help you ponder the implications of the fact that God is sovereign over your address. It’s part of our vision series,
because one of the best clues to what God has in mind for us is where He has planted you.