Showing posts with label discipleship. Show all posts
Showing posts with label discipleship. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Prophet Cries Out



Sermon based on Luke 3:1-6, studying how John the Baptist made the way straight for Jesus in word and deed. Plenty of life application lessons in John's message for his first century listeners and us on the way of repentance and being a good follower of Christ. Come and watch.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Redemption of Scrooge Advent Week 1



We are taking a little break before we finish Matthew. For the Advent season, leading up to Christmas, we will be studying Charles Dickens's classic A Christmas Carol and seeing what spiritual lessons we can learn from this enduring classic. We are using a wonderful study guide available through Judson Press called The Redemption of Scrooge. I recommend it to you all.

You'll notice we had a little hiccup this week. It threw me for a bit of a loop and I think it shows. It didn't interrupt the live stream and I discovered how to solve it, but I wanted you to know now.

I hope you join us for the second session after watchin this on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 8 p.m. for the second week. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Peeking Into the Future



Sermon based on Luke 21:25-36, showing how Jesus' glimpse into the future and his eventual return in victory has a great deal to tell us about living as faithful disciples in the world today. Watch and discover what each of us can do in the here and now, even when it seems the world is falling apart. Then again, Jesus would ask us exactly how are we looking at the world. Come and see. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Guidance for Hard Times



Revelation, that letter of vision from John to the seven churches of Asia Minor, had a great deal to tell them about surviving and serving God in dangerous times. It works just as well for us today as it did for those early Christian churches. Come along and explore the meaning of the early verses of chapter 1 and see what they have for us.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Out of Her Poverty



Sermon for Sunday, November 11, 2018, based on Mark 12:38-44. Jesus discusses giving, generosity, and how easy it is to go astray when your society is fixated on status. That fixation easily impacts people of all levels of society. Jesus focuses on the Temple Scribes, the wealthy congregants, and one poor widow. He is particularly interested in that widow, and so will we be in this sermon on good stewardship. You are invited to listen. You are also invited to join us at Lansdowne Baptist in Lansdowne, PA, any time you are in town.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

See the Light



Sermon for Sunday, October 28, 2018, based on Mark 10:46-52. In this story, the blind beggar Bartimaeus, resists the urging of the crowd and continues to plead with Jesus for mercy. See how his persistence pays off and what he and Jesus together have to teach us all about discipleship. If you like what you see here, and are close to Lansdowne, PA, on Sunday morning, we invite you to join us in worship.

It was a somber Sunday. The menorah lit behind me was in honor of the grief stricken Jewish community of Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, following the mass murder that occurred there on Saturday, October 27, 2018, during their worship service. We are praying for this community, for all their grieving, 

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Power Play



Sermon for Sunday, October 21, 2018, based on Mark 10:35-45. John and James make a move, trying to become Jesus' right and left hand men. Jesus finds this a teachable moment for all his disciples, both the original 12 and every disciple since. What it means to be great in God's kingdom is the central focus of the message. Watch and find out. If you like what you see and are close to Lansdowne, PA, come worship with us Sunday morning in the sanctuary. All are welcome.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Friday, October 19, 2018

How Do We Value and Express Generosity?

Here is a thought provoking article from American Baptist Churches USA asking us how we value and express generosity in the world  today. It is an article by Marcia Shetler well worth our time and consideration today. You will find this article at: http://www.abc-usa.org/2018/09/17/how-much-do-you-value-generosity/

It is well worth all of our prayerful consideration. This could transform our lives if we follow through. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Christians Should Always Vote, Every Election

At our last meeting of the Ministerium of Eastern Delaware County, a gathering of the pastors of local churches in and around Lansdowne of various denominations working together, a representative of the non-partisan VotesPa.com organization met with us. She is intent on supporting and promoting democracy through voter participation. She supports neither party, but wants each and every voter to exercise their civic duty and right to vote, unimpeded and in every election.

She gave us material with compelling, and completely non-partisan, reasons why Christians should vote; she knew how to reach a bunch of pastors. I want to pass that information along for your prayerful consideration.

In any democracy, Christians have a responsibility to God to vote in each and every election, whether voting for a President, for Congress, or for local offices. There are no small or boring votes. The two greatest commandments, as Jesus says, are to love God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:35-40; Luke 10:25-37). Jesus also clearly states that we must pay our taxes to government authorities (Matthew 22:21), no matter how we feel about that personally. Back in Jesus' day, most people had little influence on how those taxes collected would be spent. In today's democracy, we have more power to influence how our money collected will be used ... if we choose to vote wisely. Will it be used for godly purposes--such as helping the poor, the outcast, the sick, widows, orphans, prisoners, the strangers among us, proper stewardship of our planet and all living things--or not. Do we care? If we intend to be Christ-followers, we must.

When we are in need, we hope to receive assistance from the government tasked with doing the things we cannot do ourselves, because our money supports that government. If a hurricane strikes, we hope for FEMA relief. We expect all people in need to be cared for, as is commanded in Scripture, and as Jesus demonstrated so well for us all. Examples of these commands in both the Old and New Testaments may be found in Leviticus 25:25, 35, 39; Deuteronomy 10:18; 14:28-29; 15:11; 24:14; Psalm 82:3-4; Matthew 25:35; Luke 14:13; Galatians 2:10; James 2:2-6; and 1 John 3:17-18.

Voting to have governmental monies--our money originally--be used to help vulnerable people is one way of fulfilling the Bible's commandments to help our needy and less fortunate brothers and sisters, neighbors all, much as we would hope to be cared for ourselves in times of crisis. If we want the governement to help us when we are in dire need, then we must vote to have government officials who care enough for others, even the "least of these," to help in times of need.

Voting is also good stewardship. We are called to be good stewards of this beautiful, precious, and so far singular world and all life upon it. We need to vote for officials who will honor that call to good stewardship as well.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls all of us to be "salt" and "light" to the world (Matthew 5:14-14), improving the world in all the ways we can. We can do this in a variety of ways, including voting in our democracy for government officials who will do the same. We are called not to be "of" this world, yet definitely to be "in" it--in it to make it a safer, better, healthier, freer place for all. If we do not vote, we are reducing our positive impact on the world. We are giving up our country to the wicked: "When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan" (Proverbs 29:2). We fail to offer love to our neighbors at the ballot box when we choose not to vote, and the people groan.

Why am I, the pastor of Lansdowne Baptist Church, providing this material for your consideration? Because the congregation of Lansdowne Baptist Church loves our community, we love humanity, we love creation, and we seek as best we can to follow the two greatest of all commandments as we humbly seek to follow Jesus. Happy voting, in this election, and every election. It's good discipleship.

~Rev. Jeff Snyder
Pastor, Lansdowne Baptist Church

For more, please read: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/10/powerful-message-to-leaders-and-those.html


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Test of Faith



Sermon for Sunday, October 7, 2018, based on Job 1:1, 2:1-10. This challenging text grappled with the thorny question of why do bad things happen to good people. It also offers up a way to deal with those bad things when they arise in our lives. Come and listen. Join us Sunday morning at Lansdowne Baptist Church in Lansdowne, PA. We will welcome you.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Fair Wages



The sermon for Sunday, September 30, 2018, covers Matthew 20:1-16, the parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. It explores the issue of fairness from God's perspective rather than humanity's. God's expansive love leads to a surprising level of inclusion. We also explore what "the evil eye" meant back in the day and why we should avoid it today. Have a listen. Peace. Feel free to join us in Sunday worship if you are in the vicinity of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, and do not have a church of your own to attend. All are welcome.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 9



Okay, this week is a little discombobulated. I'm dealing with some health issues, including multiple doctors, and it's all quite distracting. God bless my wonderful wife, Sherry, who reminded me right around 8 p.m. that I had a live stream to be doing. We got the gear set up in minutes and started at about 5 minutes after the hour. My group of heroes joined us, despite the delay. We picked up in chapter 12 and we are now plunging through chapters 13-22, seeing an escalation in tension between Jesus and religious leaders. We are also discovering what true discipleship entails. Join us. Subscribe over at the J.S. Brooks channel, and tune in Tuesdays for the live discussion. See you there. Peace, Pastor Jeff Snyder

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

How Do We Hear?



The sermon for Sunday, September 23, 2018, was based on Luke 8:4-8. The parable of the sower has much to tell us, if, as Jesus says, we have ears to hear. There is much to be discovered about being disciples of "enduring patience." It is well worth a listen. If you like what you hear, you are invited to join us for worship any Sunday you happen to be in or near Lansdowne, PA. You will be most welcome.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Walking Prayer at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, at 2 p.m., members and friends of Lansdowne Baptist Church went on a walking prayer at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia. It was wonderful to get out on a startlingly beautiful day and be quiet in God's creation. As usual, once we became still, all the wildlife around became apparent to us. It is amazing what we overlook in our hurried lives.

Our next walking prayer will be on Sunday, October 14, 2018. We meet in the church parking lot at 1:30 p.m. and travel over together. It takes roughly fifteen minutes to get to our beautiful destination. All who wish to encounter God through the natural world are welcome to join us. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

God's Gracious Gifts



Sunday, September 9, 2018, sermon based on Matthew 25:14-27. Jesus' disciples were anxious to know when he would return in glory. That Jesus was not going to tell them. Instead he told them a parable (story) on how to behave until he returned. The instruction offered in this story remains as valuable to Christ followers and all who are interested in following Christ as it ever was. Take a listen.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Does This Offend You?



The sermon for Sunday, August 26, 2018, based on John 6:56-69. This was a hard teaching from Jesus that caused many followers to fall away. The request, if taken literally, was quite shocking. When understood correctly, the message was far more challenging and required a great deal of work from any disciple willing to accept the challenge. Jesus offers us all this same challenge and hopes we will accept. All that hard work leads to real blessings, IF we are willing to trust Jesus and follow. Listen and decide for yourself. Will you take up Jesus' challenge today and follow into a life of joyous if challenging discipleship?

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 5



Tuesday, August 14, 2018, we headed into Chapters 5-7 of the book of Matthew. We plunge into the Sermon on the Mount and much more. Come and see. And, if you are a first time visitor, subscribe and follow us live. We welcome you!

Bread of Life: Jesus' Gift



Sermon based on John 6:35, 41-51: Jesus offers humanity a beautiful gift, what he calls the bread of life. What is this gift? How does one get it? What strings are attached? Who can get it and who can't? Learn all this and more. All are welcome. Come listen.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 3



Due to a massive thunderstorm and resultant power failure, we were not able to live stream on June 3, 2018, at 8 p.m. Power did not return until midnight. So, we picked up on Tuesday, June 24, 2018, after I have a little family time.

We have been through the first two chapters. Joseph has been told by an angelic messenger that he will accept Mary as his wife, Mary remains faithful, the baby is of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is born, visited by wise Gentiles from the East, surprising the paranoid King Herod, surprising his religious experts. Herod seeks to kill Jesus as potential rival for this throne (Herod's bad habit). An angelic messenger tells Joseph to pack his family off to Egypt and stay until Herod's death, placing the new family in the plight of many refugees fleeing violence at home. What's next? Come ans see.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: On Vacation & Invitation



I have been away on vacation with my wife, visiting family and friends. God graced us with a chance to recharge and return. Now, here is an open invitation to join in the community building and Bible study that is Beyond Loaves and Fishes. If you want to join our live stream Bible study community and participate in the Tuesday evening, 8 p.m. study, go to the following address and hit subscribe. It is quick and easy. You may have to open a YouTube account of your own, but that too is quick and easy ... and free. See you soon: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJBSnyder

If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html