William Knelsen

Category: Sermons

Final Sermon as Family Pastor at Bergen Church

Did you know that today is Christ the King Sunday? It is the last Sunday in Ordinary Time before Advent on the Christian Calendar. It was instituted in 1925 because of the increasing denial of Christ as king and the rise of secularism throughout much of Europe. At the time, many Christians began to doubt […]

Resignation Letter and Message

This morning I want to remind us all of the centrality of Jesus Christ and His crucifixion. The message will continue into next week, when I want to challenge you to be a people of the cross. When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom […]

The Easter Message I Didn’t Preach

Last Sunday I was scheduled to preach, so I prepared a short Resurrection Sunday message. But then I became ill and was unable to preach that sermon. So, I thought, I may as well share what I prepared here. Hebrews 13:20-21: Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, […]

The Resurrection Part 2 – John 20:19-31

The following is a sermon manuscript from November 27, 2015. As we enter the season of Advent, I just wanted to mention briefly the meaning of the word “Advent,” and why the church started this tradition, because it has a lot to do with the text we will be looking at. The English word “Advent” […]

The Resurrection Part 1 – John 20:1-18

The following is a sermon manuscript from November 20, 2015. As an introduction, I have a question. What would have happened if Jesus stayed dead? Would he have still been someone we can put our faith in? Would he have still been our saviour? Jesus was an amazing person. His life was filled with miracles, […]

Fear Not, For I Am With You

This last week we had about 70 children come through our VBS program, which was called “Weird Animals… where Jesus’ love is one-of-a-kind.” They learned that no matter what happens, Jesus loves them. They might feel left out, or feel different from others, or they may not understand things that happen, or they might have […]

The Book of Judges and the Christian Life

The book of Judges begins with the death of Joshua. The Israelites have settled in the land of Canaan and were a strong military force. However, as we will see, they became complacent and failed to complete the mission God gave to them. Instead of driving out all the inhabitants of the land they had […]

Generous Sacrifices: Hebrews 13:12-16 – Sermon from March 23, 2014

Note in this passage that those who identify themselves with Christ are not at home in the world, and so we should live in a way that is generous to God and generous to others. If what we have and where we live are not permanent, then we have no need to hold on to […]

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