Sermon Series

Upper Room Living in a Lower Room World

This series is a reflection on some of the most intimate and inspirational words in the Bible. Often called “The Upper Room Discourse,” these words from the Gospel of John are among the last Jesus spoke before he died. They were words spoken from an upper room in Jerusalem, words his disciples needed to hear, not just to help them process the grief they were about to experience, but to grapple with all that lay ahead. He knew they desperately needed a kind of “upper room vision” to sustain them and shape them to be his disciples. Much like those initial followers of Jesus, we too need those words of Jesus to infuse our lives with purpose, form us as his followers, and fill us with peace, as we walk through life limited to the constraints of this “lower room” world.

January 29, 2023
Leo Schuster
John 14:15-17, 25-27; 15:26; 16:7-15
How can we as modern people trust that the Bible, written by humans, is true? How can we believe all that it says about us and God? How do we find real peace, comfort, and courage in a world often punctuated with pain? The answer to these and many other questions lie in what Jesus taught his followers about the Holy Spirit.
January 22, 2023
Leo Schuster
John 15:1-17
What makes for a truly great, fruitful life, not only one with lasting meaning, but one that contributes to the common good, and fills us with deep happiness? Jesus here casts a vision for this kind of life, shares the secret to discovering it, and shows us how we can grow in it.
January 15, 2023
Clint Wilson
John 14:1-14
As Jesus’ life neared its end, his disciples worried about what would come next. Jesus’ answer that he alone is “the way” is not some theoretical truth, but rather a deeply loving and practical response to the doubts of our hearts.
January 8, 2023
Leo Schuster
John 13:1-17
The night before he died, Jesus shared with his closest friends and followers powerful words from an upper room in Jerusalem. They offer “upper room” perspective, purpose, and peace for us, when we feel limited to the constraints of life in this “lower room” world.