In this topical sermon, Bob talks about recent major news events and then leads us to thinking about our role of ambassador for Christ Jesus. How prepared should we be? What should we know when spreading the news of Christ Jesus?
2 Corinthians: 17 – 20
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
In this week’s lesson Bob speaks from a place of personal sadness and we join him and Nancy in their grief for Nancy’s Mother who passed this Saturday evening. This is a wonderful message about being ready for God. “Are you ready?” Bob asks.
A sermon of this title was already planned for today’s service, however, in light of their loss, Bob delivers a profoundly different message than he had intended under this title.
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
We will be keeping the Kolodner family in our prayers this week; may God’s love bring you peace.
People of a certain character are the subject of Bob’s sermon this week.
Working from the text of 1 Timothy, Bob talks about the character traits required to be a special leader in the church.
Check out the following podcast to hear the sermon. Unfortunately Bob’s mic periodically cuts out in this recording. I hope this doesn’t ruin your enjoyment of this otherwise wonderful message.
So is there a special office in the church called deacon?
In this week’s lesson, Bob talks about our use of words in the Bible and weather they are ‘translated’ or ‘transliterated’.
Using the scripture of Paul, Bob unpacks how the translations from the greek to english can change the word slightly from the original.
To help us understand this he reads sections of scripture and provides a more literal translation for us to consider as he helps us study and understand.
This week we have a special podcast double bill with guest speaker Marty Koonce who’s in the country for a few weeks visiting his supporting churches and reconnecting with his U.S. brothers and sisters. For those of you who don’t know Marty, he and his family have been working in Toga and Rwanda for twenty years on missions to bring Christ Jesus to the people of these countries.
His record for success is monumental and his gifts of language and deep love and understanding of God has served and saved thousands upon thousands of people. Listen to these podcasts of his Adult Bible class and sermon to learn more about Marty, his family and his missions in Africa.
Don’t forget you can also tune in to Marty on iTunes and by subscribing to the WCOC Podcast on your mobile devices such as iPhone and Android.
“What we’re going to focus on this morning is that first sermon after Jesus is raised from the dead, and that first response to the good news, on that first day when the gospel is preached” – Bob K. 2017-05-28
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
In another excellent lesson, our dear brother and Minister Bob Kolodner walks us thoughtfully and slowly through the book of Acts examining the events around Pentecost some 50 days after Jesus has been crusified and resurrected.
In an oratory rich in scripture and powerful in message, Bob reminds us the importance of studying the word of God.
“If we’re going to say ‘as You wish’ to Jesus, then this is what Jesus desires. Jesus wants transformed lives, He doesn’t want pew sitters: He doesn’t want people who are cultural Christians: He doesn’t want people who are just in it for the goodies – He wants disciples.” Bob K. 2017-05-28
Click on the Read More link to play the audio for this sermon. Don’t forget you can subscribe to this WCOC Podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud.com and on your Android and Apple devices.
In this sermon podcast Bob takes a close look at the concept of grace. What does it mean? Is it some blank check from God to do whatever we please? Or are there boundaries to this concept, and if so what are they? Once more Bob brilliantly unravels the mysteries surrounding grace through his choice of scripture as selection of which you can see below as taken from Epg.
To learn more, click the Read More button to listen to this most excellent sermon: Why Grace Matters
Ephesians 2: 1 – 9 (NIV)
Made Alive in Christ
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
“Most of you are Christians today because of what just happened.”
To what event is Bob referring in this most profound statement? Can our faith really be traced back to a single event in the Bible? And if so, what event?
Well folks, the only way you get to find out, unless you were in church on Sunday May 14th, is to listen to this most excellent sermon podcast presented by our very own Bob Kolodner.
At around the 15 minute mark in this sermon, Bob delivers another classic statement that I can’t help but quote here, because it’s just so simple, so true and so good. Bob says: “I don’t know how prayer works, but I do know that prayer works.”
These quotes are just another example of how we are so blessed to have a Pulpit Minister such as Bob. From him we learn so much about the word of our beloved Christ Jesus, the history of our church and faith and the significant Biblical events that have shaped christianity the world over. Thank you dear brother – you are awesome.
Anyway, take a listen to the following Podcast. Heck no – listen to it twice – or even three times: you’ll hear new things with every pass.
In this week’s lesson, our dear brother Sean Treadway preaches about the importance of hope. In the wake of personal tragedy, Sean delivers an incredible lesson that underscores just how critical hope is to us all. The hope that Jesus brings us cannot be overstated and Sean underlines this again and again, referencing Psalms and scripture that vividly illustrate how hope has been the salvation of so many key figures in the bible and how this is true for each of us today.
Romans Chapter 5: 3 – 5 “And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the holy spirit who was given to us. (King James).
“Let’s learn to put our hope in the One who is ever lasting, and I can promise you – because of the word of God – because of what the book says, He will never leave us, and He will never forsake us, and He will help us make it through all of our trials throughout this life.” Sean Treadway, 5/7/2017
“With hope, we can get through the most difficult times in our lives.” Sean Treadway, 5/7/2017
Brothers and Sisters, we are truly blessed as a family to have not just one, but now two gifted preachers in our midst. Please keep Sean and his family in your prayers as we walk with him and with Jesus at this time. What a gift he has given us today, as from his heart and from his own pain he teaches us how to endure tremendous loss with the hope that God gives us through our lord Christ Jesus. There are so many of our Brothers and Sisters suffering from this pain, this very hour, and Sean’s message is an awesome reminder to seek hope through our most gracious heavenly father.
Click on the Read More link below to listen to Sean’s lesson.
In another wonderful sermon message our dear minister Bob Kolodner talks about the importance of communion. He looks at the history of this most honored and sacred christian traditions from when Jesus himself started this tradition as a way to remember his sacrifice in blood for the sins of all humanity, for all time.
26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”