Posts by Ryan Lenerz (Page 5)

Posts by Ryan Lenerz (Page 5)

Finding Hope this Christmas Season

Sermon Podcast Audio Your browser does not support the audio element. I’m so glad to finally be here today.  And I don’t mean sitting in my office, though that’s good too.  I mean the Christmas season!  I know some of the stores have had decorations out for months and winter weather has been here for several weeks, but now that Thanksgiving is past, I can finally turn my Christmas lights on and listen to Christmas music without feeling guilty. I…

What Do You See?

Sermon Podcast Audio Your browser does not support the audio element. What’s Holding us Back? For many of us, evangelism is one of our least favorite aspects of Christianity.  It makes us feel uncomfortable and pushy.  But telling the world about the hope we have in Jesus is such an important topic that we have to keep drilling into it – looking at our role and our responsibility in telling others this Good News. In our last message, Pastor Brent…

9 to 5: Finding Value in Our Vocation

The average person will work over 80,000 hours over a 40 year career (stay-at-home moms double that number), while a faithful church attender will attend church for less than 12,000 hours in an ENTIRE LIFETIME!  In fact, many of you spend more time during the week with a co-worker than you do your own spouse.  Yet so often, pastors preach a segregated life – separating one’s spiritual life from their vocation.   Additionally, many people wrongly believe that the jobs…

Making and Keeping the Right Friends

Most of us have friends we like and friends we don’t (and I’m not even talking about social media).  Wait – friends we don’t like?  Yup.  In fact, this phenomena is so common, it has a name – “Frenemies.”  These are the people who are your friends by association, who you actually don’t like because they do things behind closed doors that only your enemy would do to you. So the question is, why would you keep a friend who…

God’s Gift to YOU!

“Salvation is a free gift from God to all people” That is the first line of our church’s belief statement on the subject of salvation, which was the topic of our youth study last night.  As I read that line, one teen asked, “But how can you say salvation is for all people if we believe that some people are never saved from their sin?” Herein lies the issue which people often get confused about.  When you mistakenly believe that…

Sin is Sneaky

Most of us who have attended church for awhile have heard the story of Adam and Eve being tempted by the serpent and eating the apple, thus committing the first sin of humanity (Genesis 3).  It’s an important story to know and most of us like to imagine that story in our minds.  But rarely do we take the time to really think about what it teaches us about sin. Sin is Sneaky The serpent told Eve that if she…

Why Creation Matters… And so Do You!

Most people, at some point in life, have to wrestle with the question of whether their life holds any value.  For some, you question if you are worth anything because of how other people abuse and misuses you, and for others, because of the things you have done to mess up your lives.  The good news of the Gospel of Jesus, however, is that it doesn’t matter why you are doubting if your life has value, but that your dignity,…

What Does it Mean to be a Friend

The word friend has become so complex.  What does it actually mean?  In today’s culture we have work friends we only want to see at work, school friends we only see at school functions, facebook friends we only want to spy on online, and frenemies, those we socially have to pretend to like.  Some people have hundreds of “friends” while others struggle to find a single person they call “friend.”  Essentially, the word has lost all meaning by meaning so…

Pope Francis Keeps Making Headlines

It seems to me that Pope Francis has been in the news more often in the past month than any pope has been in recent memory.  You see, he is regularly speaking out about his beliefs, beliefs which push against the traditional stance of the Catholic church for centuries.  At first, I found his comments to be refreshing, pointing in the right direction.  In one interview, he spoke about how he wanted the church to be more focused on what…

It’s Hard to be a Christian Teen

In a room filled with rambunctious junior highers bouncing off the walls with anticipation for our first youth meeting since May, our first meeting since creating a newly renovated youth room and rebranding with a new group name, I launched a new ministry year here at Ashworth Road Baptist Church.   Our goal this year is for each youth to see the bigger picture of His story – the bigger story that takes place in the Bible.  As such, I…

How Would Jesus Vote?

As I finish up my last class of my seminary journey, Christian Ethics, I am being confronted with all sorts of issues related to the church, politics, and how Christians vote.  I have read about abortion, capital punishment, war, marriage, poverty, politics, immigration, and racism.  Before taking the class, I might have looked at each of these issues quite simply – yes, I support, or no, I am against it.  But I have been surprised at how complex each of…