Sermons by “Pastor David”

Evangelism and Direction

We can often assume that if people are interested in ‘what we’ve got’ they can come to us to share it. That is one of the reasons we focus on being a hospitable people. However, the reality is that many people will never set foot in our doors. Christianity from the beginning was designed to move outward to all people.

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Evangelism and Discipleship

One classic struggle for the church has been getting people to pursue discipleship. This has grown out of the way we have framed the good news: we have gotten people saved. However, properly understood, discipleship is evangelism.

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Evangelism and the Holy Spirit

We can get caught up in methods and strategies of how to make people believe us and become like us. And, if we’re honest, we have used some methods that have been just plain bad. Instead of these, we should be trusting the Holy Spirit to empower our witness and reveal God to those we are sharing with.

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Evangelism and the Church

The church is not a building of concrete and steel. Rather, the church is a redeemed people who form an alternative community to the rest of the world. We have been given the responsibility of being ambassadors of God by inviting people to enter into the renewed people of God.

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Evangelism and the Gospel

When we use the language of evangelism, we know that we are called to share the good news (gospel). But, what is the good news? Many have been taught that the good news is that we were sinners condemned until Jesus came, now we can have our sin forgiven so we can go to heaven instead (getting saved). While forgiveness and salvation both come through Christ, this is not what the apostles described as the good news. If our evangelism is going to have the power of God, then we need to make sure we preach the gospel alone!

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Emmanuel: God With Us

“Who is Jesus?” is always a relevant question and the way we answer that question impacts how we relate to God. There is always a risk of speaking of God and worshiping God generically. However, God has come in the flesh in the person of Jesus the Christ so all authentic worship goes through him. Only this way do we worship the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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Advent: Love

The fourth characteristic that a people who wait must have is love. This is not the love of the world. A type of love that will benefit you if you benefit me. This is a love that benefits an enemy, a stranger, the poor. This love mirrors Christ’s love for us—giving up everything for the other.

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Advent: Joy (Kids Christmas Play)

The third characteristic that a people who wait must have is joy. This is not the temporary happiness that comes from a new toy. This is not the fabricated feeling from a Hallmark Christmas movie. Our joy finds its source in God which means it does not fade and flows to all of our lives. It is the joy of being whole.

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Advent: Peace

The second characteristic that a people who wait must have is peace. This is not the peace and quiet that we try to get from our jobs or our kids. This is not the peace of avoiding hostility or keeping out of the drama. This is the peace that comes from the work of Christ restoring us to the right relationship with God and others.

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