Whoever wants to be my disciple

24 September 2023

In this sermon I discuss what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, and to follow the Practices of Jesus in our 21st century world. I focus on the Call to discipleship, the Practices of a disciple, and the Why of discipleship. This sermon specifically gives an overview of the call to Discipleship that…


Gospel Community | Part 5 | Say Yes to the Dress!

17 September 2023

True change starts with a deep change on the inside. Instead of throwing all our willpower and resources at changing the ‘what’, it should start with the ‘why’ – a purpose, a motivation, a perspective. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul gives us a very powerful ‘why’ for growing in Christlikeness. As he talks…


Gospel Community | Part 4 | Set Free

10 September 2023

The Colossean church had a big problem with two different cultural powers that were distracting them from their new life in Christ; the gnostics with their elaborate philosophies and rituals, and the zealous Jewish Christians who thought that also Gentile believers should live by the law of Moses. Paul tells the church in Colossae, in…


Gospel Community | Part 3 | Mature In Christ

03 September 2023

When the New Testament talks about us being ‘in Christ’ it is talking about that full new reality after grace – a new position, a new function, a new purpose, a new qualification. Being ‘in Christ’ is our new identity. And that identity is something that we are learning to live out as we are…


Gospel Community | Part 2 | Jesus At The Center

28 August 2023

Colossians 1:15-23 boldly declares that Jesus is the first, and the last, the genesis and the telos, the origin and the purpose, the beginning and the end. He is before all things and above all things. He is at the center of everything and holds everything together. In this series, as we are learning about…


Gospel Community | Part 1 | Qualified

22 August 2023

The Lord is shaping us into a Gospel community, breathing in and breathing out the Good News of the Kingdom. Paul wrote a letter to the Colossians, a group of Christians he never met, but heard good reports about, with some solid advice on how to move forward to grow and bear fruit. This is…


Dealing with anger and injustice

17 July 2023

Ephesians tells us to make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Matthijs den Dekker, today’s speaker, has a hard time opening his eyes for the evil in this world. It means allowing anger and allow feeling powerless. This sermon explores these emotions and tries to find ways to not close off…


Life After Pentecost | Part 6 | Empowered to Endure

10 July 2023

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can do all kinds of ‘cool’ stuff. But as we are wrapping up this series, it is important to also talk about a less ‘cool’ but very real other quality that we receive through the Spirit; the power to endure. Enduring is not something that we look…


Life After Pentecost | Part 5 | Empowered to Transform

03 July 2023

Our understanding of the Gospel is far too individualistic and far too narrow. Through various developments in theology, sociology and culture, we have primarily come to understand the Gospel as a message about personal salvation; grace + faith = going to heaven when you die. But the Gospel is much more than that. The Gospel…


Life After Pentecost | Part 4 | Empowered to Heal

27 June 2023

At Vineyard, we believe that Jesus transferred His Kingdom ministry to His disciples and to the church. This means that we are called to do everything that Jesus did through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit wants to partner with us to bring God’s Kingdom to people, and this includes miraculous healing…