Sermons by “Pastor Adam Soderberg”

The Food Cupboard

Have you ever been to a community food cupboard? Either, to get some needed food, to make a donation, or to volunteer? You may notice the vast majority of the canned goods are generic. Where is the heart of someone who donates foodstuffs they would not eat themselves?

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A Congregational Church

At long last, through conflict and councils, controversy and courts, on the 22 of February, 1670, Reverend John Whiting and thirty-one members of the First Church of Christ, Hartford, along with their families, formed themselves into a new and distinct church – the Second Church of Christ (South Congregational). Hartford now had one more “House of Hope.” It still does.

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The Reverend Lemuel Haynes

The Congregational Church of Connecticut licenses African-American Lemuel Haynes to preach, making him the first African-American minister certified by a predominantly white denomination. He will later become the first African-American minister to pastor a white church in the United States.

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Just Jesus

That Christ is the head of the church is a foundational congregational understanding. When Christ is the head, why should any other group of leaders be elevated to a place of special authority over the rest of the body? The church does not need two “heads.” It’s just Jesus.

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Martin, Chuck, and Henry

The Roman Catholic Church was the only church in town for 1,500 years when a Catholic priest named Martin Luther began protesting many of the manmade rules of the church. Luther’s idea of “Sola Scriptura” (“Scripture Alone”) began to resonate with others who were soon protesting, demanding that the church be reformed. This begins the “Protestant Reformation.”

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Grace is Not Cheap

Although we can never do anything to deserve or earn God’s grace, we can show our appreciation to Him. We can live lives that honor and glorify Him. Lives that reflect our thankfulness for Christ, the cross, and the empty tomb.

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