Recent Sermons

  • Discipleship
    Discipleship
    Churches think of Discipleship primarily in terms of learning more about God. But we only become more like God when we let ourselves be known by God. What does it look like to become a church [...]
    Read more
  • Diversity
    Diversity
    ‘Diversity’ has become a buzz word in more and more churches. But it’s not just the trend of the day. The whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, reveals that God has called us to be a diverse [...]
    Read more
  • Friendship
    Friendship
    American culture is in the midst of what psychologists are calling a loneliness epidemic. How is the Church called to be a cure for loneliness? And what does that mean for what's ahead for Catalyst?
    Read more

You can listen to all my sermons here. Additionally, you can download full manuscripts and discussion guides for most sermons.

Subscribe with:

JR. Forasteros - October 8, 2017

Judas

Empathy for the Devil

We tend to end up in echo chambers, surrounded by people who look and think a lot like us. The danger of this is that we don’t learn how to be challenged. The spiritual consequence is that we end up missing God – imagining God in our own image rather than learning to let God challenge us. Judas illustrates the reason we need to learn to be vulnerable, to open ourselves to strange friendships.

From Series: "Empathy for the Devil"

We don't give the people we consider villains a second thought. They were born rotten, destined for evil from day one. But if we take another look at some of the most infamous villains of all time, we may find they're more human than we thought. We may see ourselves in their reflection. We might find we're walking the path of villainy - and once we see that, we can turn toward God's life!

Manuscript     Discussion Guide

More From "Empathy for the Devil"

Powered by Series Engine

Discipleship

Churches think of Discipleship primarily in terms of learning more about God. But we only become more like God when we let ourselves be known by God. What does it look like to become a church [...]

Diversity

‘Diversity’ has become a buzz word in more and more churches. But it’s not just the trend of the day. The whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, reveals that God has called us to be a diverse [...]

Friendship

American culture is in the midst of what psychologists are calling a loneliness epidemic. How is the Church called to be a cure for loneliness? And what does that mean for what's ahead for Catalyst?

Pivotal Circumstances

Big changes, painful loss and other significant events often test our faith. How can God be good if we're suffering? But God is at work in the midst of those painful places to bring us to trust, [...]

Personal Service

When we see a need, we often think, "Oh, someone should help!" One of the biggest barriers to us stepping up is our own anxiety. But what if those are opportunities to grow in our faith? What if [...]

Private Disciplines

Most of us groan when we hear the word 'discipline' - especially when it comes to faith. Spiritual disciplines seem so often like chores we have to do to earn God's favor. But God invites us into [...]

Providential Relationships

We have all encountered people who impacted our faith - for better and for worse. Relationships are important - and inevitable. How can we be wise about our relationships? How can we be [...]

Practical Teaching

Something big happens in our faith with God's story becomes our story. Practical teaching helps us see that we can trust God in our everyday lives. Because Jesus tells us there's a big difference [...]

A Life of Big Faith

What would your life look like if you had a faith that was deep and unshakable? How do we get that sort of faith? Faith isn't about obedience as much as it's about trust - and we can learn to [...]

Love God with All Your Strength

Most of us feel as though we just don't have enough. But God calls us to be faithful with what we have - to use whatever influence, power, money or means we have as gifts from God to invest in [...]

Drop Me a Line!

Got a question? Comment? Let me know what's on your mind!

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt