Spirit Killer: Self-Loathing

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about the human condition and how even famous characters of the Bible suffered from the same personal issues that each of us struggle with. Based on Ephesians 2:1-10

Call to Worship (Responsive)

Leader:            We gather together to praise the One who created us;

People:           the One whose love restores our souls, once deadened by sin.

Leader:            We gather to thank the Lord for the gift of faith;

People:           the gift that frees us from eternal pain and grants us eternal joy.

Leader:            Life is full of disappointments and mistakes. While it is easy to focus on our

sins, let us instead look to the love of God that overcomes our failings.

All:                  Let us worship God!


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we often blame others for our vices, and even attribute our sins to the influence of Satan.  We hate ourselves when we err and instead of seeking forgiveness we seek justification.  On the other hand, we often take credit for our accomplishments, with no regard to Your impact.  We exalt ourselves instead of You.  Help us to look outward to the gift of grace when we sink after a fall; and inward to the gift of faith when we build up our egos after a success.

(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:            The love of God is so powerful that Jesus was raised from the dead so that all believers may also rise from the sin that holds us down.  We are forgiven and loved in spite of our disobedience.

All:                  Thanks be to God!


*The Gloria

                        Glory be to God the father, Glory be to God the son, 

                        Glory be to God the spirit, All glory to the one.


Message                                     “Spirit Killer: Self-Loathing”                                 Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Ephesians 2:1-10                                                                  



*The Apostles’ Creed

            I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

            And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

            I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

The Prayer of Thanksgiving (Unison)

       Eternal God, thank you for coming to us in Jesus Christ. Renew in us faith and hope that we may welcome Christ to rule our thoughts and claim our love, as Lord of lords and King of kings through Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray: 

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.