Northminster Presbyterian Church

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By: Dr. Bob Jordan & Rev. Jos Smolik

We believe that God has called us to represent His love in the world by building friendships, being transformed as we learn and live His Word and by serving our neighbor with care. We call this moving In.Up.Out. Join us for our weekly sermons as we explore the truth of God’s Word, the beauty of Jesus and how we can follow Him more faithfully IN. UP. and OUT. Northminster Presbyterian Church is an ECO congregation in Peoria, Illinois.

Wanting God: Embracing God's Mission - Sermon - September 25, 2022
09/26/2022

Jesus commissions his imperfect followers to join his mission in the world—to make disciples of all people. Wanting God includes joining God’s mission in the world. Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through Matthew 28:16-20


Wanting God: Embracing What God Commands - Sermon - September 18, 2022
09/26/2022

The “greatest commandment” isn’t really a rule at all! It is a call to live a life shaped by love toward God and others. Jesus reminds us that we are invited to be in a personal relationship with the God of the universe who WANTS us to love Him. Listen as Rev. Jocelyn Smolik leads us through Mark 12:29-31.


Wanting God: Embracing What God Requires - Sermon - September 11, 2022
09/12/2022

Truly wanting God includes living a life in which we learn to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with him. Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through Micah 6:6-8.


Unwanted God: Taking Issue With God's Command to Love - Sermon - September 4, 2022
09/06/2022

Christians are saved by grace and called to love—no exceptions. Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through Revelation 2:1-7.


Unwanted God: Taking Issue With God's Holiness - Sermon - August 28, 2022
08/30/2022

Instead of being casual about sin, followers of Christ are to prioritize faithful obedience and sincere repentance whenever our obedience falters. Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through Acts 4:32-5:11.


Unwanted God: Taking Issue With God's Trustworthiness - Sermon - August 21, 2022
08/22/2022

Can God be trusted? It is not a hypothetical question for most, if not all, of us. We might be quick to affirm that indeed God is trustworthy, only to find ourselves wondering if full faithfulness to him is worth the risk. This study will explore our tendency to distrust God, what motivates us to distrust him, and how we can overcome our distrust. Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through 1 Samuel 13:1-15.


Unwanted God: Taking Issue With God's Transcendence - Sermon - August, 14, 2022
08/15/2022

Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through Exodus 32:1-8.


Unwanted God: Taking Issue With God's Wisdom - Sermon - August, 7, 2022
08/09/2022

Recognizing the destructive force of human foolishness allows us to welcome the wisdom of God and its life-giving blessings. Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through Genesis 3:1-13.


Summer in the Psalms: Psalm 135 - Sermon - July 31, 2022
08/02/2022

The book of Psalms in the Bible is a collection of 150 Hebrew poems that function as songs and prayers. They are a treasure trove of insight on and pathways to exploring and growing a rich, multitextured, and many-layered relationship with God. During this series, give yourself the gift of not only studying the psalms we cover but also experiencing them, praying them, and letting God speak to you through them. Listen as Rev. Jocelyn Smolik leads us through Psalm 135.


Summer in the Psalms: Psalm 131 - Sermon - July 24, 2022
07/26/2022

What brings quiet to our souls? How can we learn to turn our back on the chaos of this world and instead turn to God with childlike faith that leads to contentment with our circumstances? Psalm 131 challenges us with this question: Is God himself really all we need, or do we focus more on what God can do for us? Listen as Rev. Jocelyn Smolik leads us through Psalm 131.


Summer in the Psalms: Psalm 3 - Sermon - July 17, 2022
07/19/2022

What do you do when you’re afraid, overwhelmed, anxious and alone? Psalm 3 teaches us how to bring our fears to God, work through them in light of His character and move forward with trust in the midst of hard circumstances. Listen as Rev. Jocelyn Smolik leads us through Psalm 3.


Summer in the Psalms: Psalm 25 - Sermon - July 10, 2022
07/13/2022

In this psalm, our psalmist laments, asks for forgiveness, and seeks guidance and deliverance. Wow! In the process we are gifted with a rich picture of a robust relationship with God and learn that what God does is connected to who God is and that our need for God is great and our path forward is one of full dependence and trust. Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan takes us through Psalm 25 in this Summer in the Psalms.


Summer in the Psalms: Listen (Psalm 81) - Sermon - July 3, 2022
07/05/2022

Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan takes us through Psalm 81 in this Summer in the Psalms.


When Jesus Prayed: The Church Prayer (John 17:20-26) - Sermon - June 26, 2022
06/27/2022

In the few remaining moments before His arrest, Jesus prays; and one of the things He prays for is you and me! He asked God to make us one with Him and with each other and He asked God to make sure we were with Him forever. God gave Jesus what He asked for – and granted His request through the suffering of the cross. Listen as Rev. Jocelyn Smolik leads us through John 17:20-26.


When Jesus Prayed: The Disciples Prayer (John 17:6-19) - Sermon - June 19, 2022
06/21/2022

Our passage answers the question, “How did Jesus really feel about his disciples, those 12 followers who had been with him from the beginning?” In Jesus’ answer, we get a picture too of how he feels about his disciples today, a picture of what divine, mission-of-God love looks like. Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through John 17:6-19.


When Jesus Prayed: The Son Prayer (John 17:1-5) - Sermon - June 12, 2022
06/14/2022

Our only path to life—true life now and for all of eternity—is fundamentally dependent upon the Father and the Son’s absolute commitment to glorify one another through the crucifixion, the resurrection, and the ascension. Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through John 17:1-5.


Trinity At Work: Father (John 16:25-33) - Sermon - June 5, 2022
06/06/2022

What is at the center of all of your feelings, passions, thoughts, opinions, ideas, ideals, and choices? For Jesus, it was and is God the Father. Jesus was and is Father-centric. It could be that today we find Jesus more accessible than God the Father, even to the point of focusing our whole relationship with God on Jesus. For Jesus, however, God the Father was and is at the center of all things, full of love, completely trustworthy and true. Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through John 16:25-33.


Trinity At Work: Son (John 16:16-24) - Sermon - May 29, 2022
06/02/2022

Imagine if you were one of Jesus’ disciples as he spoke about his departure and return. You would have been listening without the aid of 2000 years of church history. Leaving? A little while? Returning? Sorrow? Joy? What Jesus accomplished between his leaving and initial returning changed everything—EVERYTHING! This week we embrace the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection—and his promised return at the end of days! Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through John 16:16-24.


Youth Sunday 2022 (Matthew 17:1-8) - Sermon - May 22, 2022
05/23/2022

Join as 2022 Graduate, Mady Stuck, leads us through Matthew 17:1-8 for Youth Sunday.


Trinity At Work: Holy Spirit (John 16:4b-15) - Sermon - May 15, 2022
05/18/2022

Is there someone you’ve lost and now incredibly miss? What if you could have the “spirit” of that person with you always, reminding you and keeping fresh in your mind all the words and love and life of your departed loved one?! That is essentially who the Holy Spirit is. The Spirit’s main job is to proclaim Jesus to the world and to Jesus’ own followers too. Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through John 16b-15.


Hatred (John 15:8-16:4a) - Sermon - May 8, 2022
05/09/2022

Those who align themselves with Christ—who abide in him—will be rejected by the world—including by those who vehemently profess they represent God but in truth do not. Jesus wishes us to know this so that when it happens to us, we will continue to abide in him. Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through John 15:8-16:4a.


Friendship (John 15:12-17) - Sermon - May 1, 2022
05/02/2022

Jesus has given us the perfect example of friendship – He chooses us, is committed to us, has lain down His life for us and will never abandon us. We DESPERATELY need these kinds of friends, and we need to BE these kinds of friends! Listen as Rev. Jocelyn Smolik leads us through John 15:12-17.


Abiding (John 15:1-11) - Sermon - April 24, 2022
04/25/2022

Living a gospel-shaped live means attending first to our relationship with Christ. Jesus invites us into intimate relationship with Him defined by constancy, discipline and love. Listen as Rev. Jocelyn Smolik leads us through John 15:1-11.


Easter Sending (John 20:19-23) - Sermon - April 17, 2022
04/18/2022

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through John 20:19-23 this Easter!


Public Reading of Scripture: Romans 15-16
04/16/2022

During the season of Lent, we will read aloud - without commentary or teaching - large portions of Scripture. We will read Isaiah - a book about our need for a Savior and God's promise to send one; each of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; and finally, Romans - a letter about how the good news of Jesus changes the world.


Public Reading of Scripture: Romans 12-14
04/15/2022

During the season of Lent, we will read aloud - without commentary or teaching - large portions of Scripture. We will read Isaiah - a book about our need for a Savior and God's promise to send one; each of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; and finally, Romans - a letter about how the good news of Jesus changes the world.


Public Reading of Scripture: Romans 9-11
04/14/2022

During the season of Lent, we will read aloud - without commentary or teaching - large portions of Scripture. We will read Isaiah - a book about our need for a Savior and God's promise to send one; each of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; and finally, Romans - a letter about how the good news of Jesus changes the world.


Public Reading of Scripture: Romans 7-8
04/13/2022

During the season of Lent, we will read aloud - without commentary or teaching - large portions of Scripture. We will read Isaiah - a book about our need for a Savior and God's promise to send one; each of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; and finally, Romans - a letter about how the good news of Jesus changes the world.


Public Reading of Scripture: Romans 4-6
04/12/2022

During the season of Lent, we will read aloud - without commentary or teaching - large portions of Scripture. We will read Isaiah - a book about our need for a Savior and God's promise to send one; each of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; and finally, Romans - a letter about how the good news of Jesus changes the world.


Public Reading of Scripture: Romans 1-3
04/11/2022

During the season of Lent, we will read aloud - without commentary or teaching - large portions of Scripture. We will read Isaiah - a book about our need for a Savior and God's promise to send one; each of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; and finally, Romans - a letter about how the good news of Jesus changes the world.


I Am Coming to You (John 14:15-31) - Sermon - April 10, 2022
04/11/2022

God is committed not only to your salvation but also to being in intimate and productive fellowship with you and to you being reassured and fruitful in ministry. Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through John 14:15-31.


Public Reading of Scripture: John 19-21
04/09/2022

During the season of Lent, we will read aloud - without commentary or teaching - large portions of Scripture. We will read Isaiah - a book about our need for a Savior and God's promise to send one; each of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; and finally, Romans - a letter about how the good news of Jesus changes the world.


Public Reading of Scripture: John 13-17
04/08/2022

During the season of Lent, we will read aloud - without commentary or teaching - large portions of Scripture. We will read Isaiah - a book about our need for a Savior and God's promise to send one; each of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; and finally, Romans - a letter about how the good news of Jesus changes the world.


Public Reading of Scripture: John 9-12
04/07/2022

During the season of Lent, we will read aloud - without commentary or teaching - large portions of Scripture. We will read Isaiah - a book about our need for a Savior and God's promise to send one; each of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; and finally, Romans - a letter about how the good news of Jesus changes the world.


Public Reading of Scripture: John 6-8
04/06/2022

During the season of Lent, we will read aloud - without commentary or teaching - large portions of Scripture. We will read Isaiah - a book about our need for a Savior and God's promise to send one; each of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; and finally, Romans - a letter about how the good news of Jesus changes the world.


Public Reading of Scripture: John 3-5
04/05/2022

During the season of Lent, we will read aloud - without commentary or teaching - large portions of Scripture. We will read Isaiah - a book about our need for a Savior and God's promise to send one; each of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; and finally, Romans - a letter about how the good news of Jesus changes the world.


Public Reading of Scripture: John 1-2
04/04/2022

During the season of Lent, we will read aloud - without commentary or teaching - large portions of Scripture. We will read Isaiah - a book about our need for a Savior and God's promise to send one; each of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; and finally, Romans - a letter about how the good news of Jesus changes the world.


Because I Am Going (John 14:12-14) - Sermon - April 3, 2022
04/04/2022

The works and prayers of those who follow Jesus are powerfully and positively impacted because Jesus is now with the Father in heaven. Listen as Dr. Bob Jordan leads us through John 14:12-14.


Public Reading of Scripture: Luke 22-24
04/02/2022

During the season of Lent, we will read aloud - without commentary or teaching - large portions of Scripture. We will read Isaiah - a book about our need for a Savior and God's promise to send one; each of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; and finally, Romans - a letter about how the good news of Jesus changes the world.


Public Reading of Scripture: Luke 19-21
04/01/2022

During the season of Lent, we will read aloud - without commentary or teaching - large portions of Scripture. We will read Isaiah - a book about our need for a Savior and God's promise to send one; each of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; and finally, Romans - a letter about how the good news of Jesus changes the world.