Sermons by Thomas Becker

Sermons by Thomas Becker

Christmas Changes How We Look at Things

In chapter 10 of the Gospel of Mark, we see Jesus interacting with various groups of people and reminding them (and us) that our hearts are often hardened toward the things of God. It is necessary to receive Him like a child, to put away any idols in our heart which crowd out God, and to serve others. In Mark 10:45 Jesus explains the reason for His entry into our world:…

The “Ninth” Beatitude

Romans 4:7-8 Quotes the psalmist, King David, after he cried out to God for forgiveness. These verses include three different Hebrew words for sin, including the idea of having a twisted, rebellious nature, crossing the line (transgressing), and falling short of God’s commands. Because of Christ’s substitutionary death on our behalf, we can be forgiven of these sins and…

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Things

Acts 8 describes Philip’s encounter with an Ethiopian on a desert road. Philip was an “ordinary guy,” content to stay in the background, yet he was used by God to share the good news of Jesus to a man who later returned to his corner of the earth to impact others. We can be used in similar ways if we will obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit that is proactively entering…

These Things Must Happen

From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You…

Is Anyone Among You Sick?

How do we respond to suffering and sickness? James 5:13-18 gives instructions that center around expressing our faith in obedience. We are to follow the command of Scriptures to pray for forgiveness and healing, all the while, submitting ourselves to the sovereignty of God.

Giving is Worship

Psalm 96 was written for the day of celebration when the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Jerusalem. David expresses exuberant joy that is based on the knowledge of God and repudiates the idols of the surrounding nations. He worships in awe and longs for others to become worshippers in the same way. When we give to the Lord, we acknowledge that all we have is already…