John Ortberg Sermons

John Ortberg was born in Rockford, Illinois in 1957. John earned his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College. He finished both his M.Div. and PhD. at Fuller Seminary.

From 1985 to 1994, Dr. Ortberg pastored two churches in California. He then became a Teaching Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church just outside of Chicago. He remained there until 2003. After that, Ortberg became the Senior Pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in Northern California.

Ortberg is a prolific writer. His writings include:

  • If You Want To Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat. 2001
  • The Life You've Always Wanted. 2002
  • Everybody's Normal Till You Get To Know Them. 2003
  • When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box. 2007
  • The Me I Want To Be: Becoming God's Best Version of You. 2010

According to Wikipedia ,

"A central theme of his teaching and books is spiritual formation, the transforming of human character through authentic experiences with God. Ortberg argues that the desire for comfort and security often stands in the way of an authentic relationship with God — when people place too high a value on being secure and comfortable they may be reluctant to make the sacrifices God asks of them.

"Ortberg has warned against the societal pressures which tell people that bigger is always better, saying 'I think for all of us, whatever your ministry or job, bigness will never satisfy the call.' In his books he has described his own desire for importance and success, and how achieving them did not ultimately bring him happiness. 'Your cravings,' according to Orberg, 'if you could get to the bottom of them, are for the eternal.'"

Both his sermons and his books are for the common person. They are not overly academic and in fact are done in a down-to-earth style that anyone can grasp. Ortberg has the great ability to take complex thoughts and make them available to everyone.

The best place to find the sermons of John Ortberg is on his church web site: John Ortberg Sermons

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