First Church Congregational Hosts a New Sermon Series, “The Radical Sayings of Jesus”

First Church, Congregational will host a new sermon series, “The Radical Sayings of Jesus,” from February 3rd to March 10th. Services are at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Sundays.

“These sayings, even after over 2,000 years, continue to have a radical impact on our faith and can also continue to have a radical impact on the world if we continue to trust in them and explore how we might continue to live them out as Christians,” says Rev. Tom Cofer, Senior Pastor.

  • Sunday, February 10, 2019: “Deny Yourself and Follow Me.” – Scripture Lesson: Mark 8:34-38  Jesus asks people to pick up their cross and follow him. In the time of Jesus, the cross was not a pretty religious symbol, but it was an instrument of torture; people saw many terrible scenes of people hanging on crosses. The fact that Jesus used these words to motivate people to follow meant that he had deeper intentions…he was saying that life can be difficult when you choose to follow him. Commitment to follow Jesus involves choosing to substitute our own needs to follow a call beyond ourselves.
  • Sunday, February 17, 2019. “Not Everybody Enters the Kingdom.”  – Scripture Lesson: Matthew 7:21-23  The way to life, and to God, is vigorous and requires total attention. Jesus was angry because people were using his name for their own glory, and hypocrisy was the name of the game. Jesus warns that it is not enough to claim his name—we must live as his followers. We grow in grace and service by practicing our faith; it is not only “talking the talk” but also “walking the walk.”
  • Sunday, February 24, 2019. “Love Your Enemies.” – Scripture Lesson: Luke 6:27-36  For first-century Jews living under roman imperial rule, this pronouncement of Jesus’ had to be very disappointing. Jesus, though, was lifting up a standard of love that is different from friendship or romantic love. This radical saying is as relevant and challenging today as it was when Jesus first said it.
  • Sunday, March 3. “Give Up Your Family.” – Scripture Lesson: Luke 14:25-35   The words that Jesus has in this scripture passage have always been difficult to process. The passage is all about attachments, and how following Christ can be costly, even when it comes to our relationships. We are also promised, however, that following Christ leads to abundant life. Join us as we explore this saying this week.
  • Sunday, March 10, 2019. “You Will Always Have the Poor.” – Scripture Lesson: John 12:1-8  Jesus, in this passage, seems to contradict himself, or at least, what we think he would say about helping the poor. We will explore this passage in greater detail, and we will see how it might inform our faith.

First Church Congregational is located at 22 Liberty Street, Painesville. For information, contact the church 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 440-357-7518 or email

About First Church, Congregational

For 208 years First Church, Congregational, on the Square in Downtown Painesville, has welcomed the community through its doors for spiritual support and guidance. First Church is the oldest congregation in Lake County, dating back to 1810 during the presidency of James Madison. For directions and other First Church Congregational information on services visit First Church Congregational.