• A Church Divided: Sermon from General Conference
    A Church Divided: Sermon from General Conference

    In this sermon, Rev. Adam Hamilton considers the first major division in Christianity, recorded in Acts 15, over whether Gentile believers needed to be circumcised and obey the Law of Moses. He also shares about The United Methodist Church’s divide and our bishops’ proposal for the church going forward regarding same-sex marriage -- which, like the apostles’ solution in Acts 15, is a compromise that makes room for conservatives and progressives in the church. Adam also shares personal reflections on the proposal, both in light of scripture and the prevalence of conflict and division in the early church -- noting that nearly every book of the New Testament addresses conflict, and they all offer the same answer.

  • Finding Joy
    Finding Joy

    In real life, we’re not always dealt the perfect hand. Relationships, careers and finances can all complicate life, leaving us unsettled, frustrated, empty and exhausted. What if you could turn the life you have into the life you want? What if life could be more meaningful and filled with real joy? What if you could develop habits that would make every day of your life better?

  • Freed-2-Lead
    Freed-2-Lead

    The church needs leaders rooted in Christ, who have a vision for changing the world. Today’s young people have fearless hearts, vibrant ideas and a passion for ministry. Their talents should be nurtured to shape the church’s path into the future. The church must invite young people – including women and people of color the world over – into ministry, equip them to be effective leaders and be open to where they want to lead us. We also must strengthen lay persons, who are ministering at every level of the church.

  • Radical Hospitality
    Radical Hospitality

    Many of us who do not have the Spiritual Gift of Hospitality might tend to only think about it as an attempt to change our behavior toward others. But God does not desire to simply change our behavior. Instead, God desires to change our character through the practice of spiritual disciplines and an obedient desire to know the heart of God. Here you will find tools to plan a 4-week series on “Radical Hospitality," including weekly themes, key scriptures, sermon building points and weekly sample worship order.

  • Remarkable
    Remarkable

    “Remarkable: A Wesleyan Way of Discipleship” explores how we can live as handcrafted children of God who are identified by the extraordinary way we love God, rejoice in God, give thanks, pray constantly and love others. When we call ourselves Methodists, we seek to exhibit these marks.  This material draws from a variety of resources, including Steve Harper’s book, Five Marks of a Methodist: The Fruit of a Living Faith. Here you will find tools to plan a 5-week sermon series on “Remarkable: A Wesleyan Way of Discipleship” including weekly themes, key scriptures, sermon building points and weekly sample worship order.

  • The Gospel and Stories Making News Today - Christianity and War
    The Gospel and Stories Making News Today - Christianity and War
    Understanding how current events - society, schools, politics, criminals, war - impact a Christian's life and affect thoughts and actions. Audio recording of sermon on war preached by Rev. Adam Hamilton at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection on May 27, 2001.

     
  • The Reformation: 500 Years and Counting
    The Reformation: 500 Years and Counting
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    500 years ago Martin Luther changed history forever. His hammer, nail and list of 95 beliefs so rocked the most powerful empire of his day that he was tried, convicted and excommunicated from the only life he’d ever known.
                                                             
    What did he believe that was so explosive? What did he assert that would cause the government to deem it a crime for anyone to offer him food or shelter? How did Martin Luther ultimately reform the Christian faith and change the world?
     
    This 3-week sermon series investigates one of the most pivotal figures in human history and the Reformation he began.  You will find here the weekly sermons, promo video and Grow, Pray and Study Guide for the series. Churches may use these sermons in adult Sunday School and Bible studies to learn about the Reformation as we mark the 500 year anniversary in October 2017.
    • Week 1 Sermon - A film crew has captured video from historic sites in Rome as Pastor Adam tells the story of Martin Luther and the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation.
    • Week 2 Sermon: Filmed on location in Germany, this sermon takes you to Erfurt where Luther went to school, took his vows of priesthood and was ordained; to Wittenberg to visit his home and the church where he preached more than 2,000 sermons; to Wartburg Castle where he translated the New Testament into German; and back to Wittenberg where he composed A Mighty Fortress is Our God and was laid to rest. The film crew was given rare access to Luther’s room at Wartburg and his cell at the monastery in Erfurt.
    • Week 3 Sermon: Reformation comes home. Preached at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, this sermon focuses on the perpetual need – in the Church and in our own spiritual lives – for reform.  Acknowledging that we always “see through a glass dimly,” as the Apostle Paul notes in 1 Corinthians 13, this series concludes with an exploration of tendencies we all face and tensions that develop within the church which often lead us to stray and even to divide.
  • What Christians Believe and Why - Baptism
    What Christians Believe and Why - Baptism
    Audio recording of sermon on baptism preached by Rev. Adam Hamilton at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection on April 8, 2001.
  • Where the Rubber Meets the Road - Lessons from James on Living as Christians
    Where the Rubber Meets the Road - Lessons from James on Living as Christians

    In this series, Rev. Adam Hamillton explores three of the many themes in the New Testament Epistle of James.

  • Where Was God When...
    Where Was God When...
    There are times when God doesn't seem to make sense. We wonder why God allows terrible tragedies. We are disappointed when God doesn't answer our prayers. There are times when God seems deafeningly silent and absent in our lives. Ultimately we wonder, Is God there? Does God care? In this three-week series of sermons, Rev. Adam Hamilton addresses these issues and more while examining how to reconcile the Christian portrayal of God's love with our real-life experience.