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Finding the SHAPE of our Ministry

On February 26, 2017 in Front Page, Sermons

While we are all called to general ministry practices like giving, sharing our faith, reading the bible, and prayer, we are also called to specific ministries.  But finding out what those ministries are can be really hard.  The last 5 weeks we’ve been looking at the SHAPE of our own particular ministry, where our unique SHAPE is formed by our…

Spiritual Gifts

For those interested in exploring their own SHAPE for ministry, our sermon series is online (just click the “sermons” button) and the final worksheet can be found by clicking the picture or here.

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The “Twice” Challenge

On May 27, 2016 in Front Page, Sermons

Do you find it easy to talk with strangers, or even friends, about Jesus?  Few of us do.  And the primary reason is fear.  We all have the opportunities, and we all know we are called to it.  Jesus told us again and again to go and tell people about Him.  But it’s a scary thing to do.  So we are making it a whole lot easier.  Welcome to The Twice Challenge.  In a nutshell, the Twice Challenge is this…

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 11.00.58 AMStep 1)  Learn the story.
Step 2) Wear the shirt.
Step 3) Pray for the chance.
Step 4) Tell the story.

We are offering a simple story about a boy and his sailboat (click here for the story).  You can order a simple Tshirt for $5, but then you agree to wear it at least one day a week for the summer.  You pray all summer long that God will bring someone to ask you what your T-shirt means, and when they do, you tell them this story.  It’s simple, you don’t need “all the answers”, and doesn’t require you to initiate the conversation – we let God set that up.

So, if you’d like to be part of The Twice Challenge, click here for the sign up sheet.  But be warned: signing your name is a covenant to all four steps.  This year I’ve already told the story twice, once in Kohl’s and once on a bike path walk, just because I wore the shirt.  Commit today and just see what God has in store for you this summer!

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On August 31, 2015 in Sermons

why-are-we-hereThis fall, we are looking at the mission of the church with our series, “Why are We Here?”  We’ll be presenting a new Mission statement, Vision statement, and set of Core Values that will help us to define our common goal and identity.  Through such topics as Discipleship, Stewardship, Worship, Relationship, Authenticity and many more, we will listen to what the Bible has to say to us about why we are here and what God intends for us to do.

Sept. 6 – “A Growing Community”  (Rom. 12:1-2)

Sept. 13 – “We Grow through Worship” (John 4:1-30)

Sept. 20 – “We Grow through Learning” (Matt. 11:25-30)

Sept. 27 – “We Grow as we Love One Another” (Acts 2:42-47)

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Winter Sermon Series

On January 10, 2015 in Sermons

grow300As we enter the new year together, it’s Time to Grow! As disciples, as a church, and as the Kingdom of God, we are called to grow again and again. How do we grow deeper in our relationship with God? How do we grow stronger as a church body? How do we grow wider in our impact on our community? Our Winter preaching series will look at these and other questions of growth by looking at Jesus’ parables in the gospels. So whether it is fig trees or wheat stalks, lost sons or talented workers, the Bible tells us, “It’s Time to Grow!”

Sunday, January 4
Time to Grow, “Parable of the Mustard Seed”
Mark 4:26-34

Sunday, January 11
How Do We Grow?, “Parable of the 10 Bridesmaids”
Matthew 25:1-13

Sunday, January 18
How Do We Grow Together?, “Parable of the Wheat and Weeds”
Matthew 13:24-43

Sunday, January 25
How Do I Grow?, “Parable of the Fig Tree and Fruit”
Luke 12:6-9
Guest Preacher: Paul Couleur

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On July 15, 2014 in Front Page, Sermons

For those who missed the sermon on Sunday, July 13th, by Pastor Brian and Maria Zahasky you can listen to it Here, on the SERMONS page of our website.  It was good to hear their story and how God is working in their lives during this next part of their journey.  The Zahasky’s last official Sunday at LCC will be August 3rd although they will be with us through the Church Family Retreat the weekend of August 8-10th.

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Sunday Sermon: Senior Pastor Candidate, Steve Larson

On June 30, 2014 in Front Page, Media, Sermons, Videos

It is with joy and thanksgiving that we announce a candidate for the senior pastor position at Libertyville Covenant Church! By unanimous vote of the committee on June 17, 2014, Pastor Steven Larson was asked to come to Libertyville for a weekend to meet the congregation and preach on Sunday morning.

Download Mp3 Audio:  LCC-20140629.mp3


Per the by-laws, there will be a congregational meeting on Sunday, July 6, 2014, immediately following the worship service, at which church members will discuss and vote on extending a formal call. Absentee ballots will be made available to members who are not able to attend.

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On the Road Again: Pastor Dwight’s final sermon

On August 18, 2013 in Front Page, Sermons

Luke 15:11-32 (click to display NIV text)
Aug. 18, 2013
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“. . .he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

““But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions –- it is by grace you have been saved.” — Ephesians 2

I remember beginning my first sermon in Jamestown, New York, in the summer of 1975. That day was really the beginning of the journey in ministry. I began by saying it might be appropriate to start with an old Swedish saying that I learned from my father: “Vell, here ve go, now.” What began then has now come to completion, but not to an ending. In Christ there are completions; of tasks, of callings along the way, but there are no endings. His love endures forever.

We did not get all the way to the end of Luke in this series, so we conclude with the parable of the Lost Son, which is not the end of the Gospel, but is the heart of the Gospel. Read More

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In the Open Field

On August 11, 2013 in Sermons

Luke 15:1-10 
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Aug. 11, 2013
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ ”

Some of the authorities were not happy with Jesus because he ate with tax collectors and sinners, two of the main groups of what would have been considered “lost” people. Kenneth Bailey explains that an invitation to a meal was an offer of peace, trust, brotherhood and forgiveness.  Jesus was not only eating with sinners, he was welcoming them, even honoring them.

So Jesus tells them a story about a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost son. The theme is the determination of God to find the lost. Read More

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The Kingdom Feast

On August 4, 2013 in Sermons

Luke 13:18-30 
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Aug. 4, 2013
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the Kingdom of God.”

I remember in my seminary days that one central question among students was, “Which church or denomination will you choose to serve in?” The school I attended had students from a great number of church bodies, so we were aware of many possibilities. It is one thing to make a commitment to Christ and another to choose a particular church, denomination or institution in which to serve. We work within imperfect structures and to commit to one of them is always a risk. It means that I will work in an organization where I will not always agree with what is decided, and I will not always be appreciated or rewarded by those in authority. Yet, you have to locate your commitment and service somewhere. You probably can’t be a minister at large in the earth. So where to serve is a serious question. I took it that way, although I never really considered moving to another church body. But I did enter this Covenant Church ministry in a very intentional and realistic way.

I am glad now for the choice I made. Read More

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“Seek His Kingdom”

On July 28, 2013 in Sermons

Luke 12:22-37 
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July 28, 2013
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“For the pagan world runs after all these things (what you will eat and drink) and your father knows that you need them. But seek his Kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.”

Jesus has been talking in this section of Luke about the goodness of God. He wants people to know about God’s love and his provision for them. He tells his disciples not to worry or be anxious, and not to live with a self-exalting sense of what to eat and what to wear. Joel Green points out that “Jesus can locate evidences of God’s generosity and care in the world all around him and so teaches an alternative approach to life.” This is where we might wonder about Jesus, or even disagree with him. Many people live with circumstances where they do not feel the provision of God. Darrell Bock writes, “Anxiety is a natural response to sensing events that are beyond our control. Worry casts doubt on God’s care.”

Again, Green writes, “What is so obvious to Jesus is obscure to many others, apart from faith in God and faith in God’s redemptive activity in Christ.” So today we come to the second part of the message on God’s goodness and provision: “Seek God’s Kingdom, and these things will be added to you as well.”

Kingdom seeking is an alternative way of life. Read More

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