Sermons by “Pastor David”

Empowered to Proclaim

With great power comes great responsibility! The church has received the Spirit and his power so that we can be unstoppable witnesses of God’s saving of the world.

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Seeing the Future

Being in exile can be an extremely distressing way to live and hard to keep going—swimming against the stream. In order to keep swimming it is essential to know the future and begin to have it infuse the present. In short, we need to swim in a new stream.

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Honestly Serving the Other

It can be very tempting when we realize our place of powerlessness to become afraid. We know that fear causes us to react in a variety of ways such as flight/flight or freeze/appease. What should mark our exile is not fear but sonship which allows us a different reaction altogether.

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Strange, Stranger, Strangest

When we find ourselves as strangers in a strange place we can be called on, and be tempted to, conform to the majority host culture. However, it is by remaining strange that we can begin to transform our host culture with the good news.

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We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

Christians, once upon a time, we in the centre of power for our culture. However, now we have been moved to the margins and our voice has become weak. This is what Scripture refers to as being in exile. Our question isn’t how to return to power, but how to authentically learn to live in exile. The first call on us is to be incarnational.

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Healing Our Pain

Healing, redemption, and restoration are not simply things we enjoy as individuals. God is all about the community. When God heals us totally that includes our relationships with each other and institutions. Many of us have been through painful experiences in churches. God desires to heal those experiences too. We want to take time to seek him for healing, particularly in this area which is so painful.

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Healing the Whole Person

God is not a service provider. As a result he is not interested in only healing a foot, curing cancer, or any other one-off act. God is about restoring all things. That means he is only interested in healing all of us. Not just who we are today, but our entire past, present, and future. God doesn’t undo what has happened to us, what is happening to us, or what will happen to us. Instead, if we will give it to him, he will redeem it and heal it. As C. S. Lewis notes, heaven works backwards in us.

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Things that Prevent Healing

Divine healing isn’t magic. We do not wield Jesus’s name like an incantation, guaranteeing a prescribed result. Healing is a part of our relationship, rooted in the grand story of God. As a result there are things in our lives that will block healing. In fact, God may be using our suffering to get our attention. The believer must examine themselves in the areas of unbelief, disobedience, unforgiveness, and sin not to make God heal, but to be in right relationship with the healer.

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It Actually is a New World

Jesus has been raised from the dead so everything is changed. The old rules no longer apply—a whole new world has begun.

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Good Friday

Taking time to focus on the cross is absolutely necessary because it is here that we see God’s love for us most clearly.

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