Sermons by “Pastor David”

Walk by the Spirit

We might not agree with him or like it, but the apostle Paul reminds us that life is binary. Either we are being ruled by sin or by God. If our real desire is freedom then we have to reject the old ruler and bow to the new one.

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The Gift and Gifts of the Spirit

When we give each other gifts it is usually to express love to another person. That is certainly an element of receiving gifts from the Spirit, but these gifts are not aimed at the individual. Instead, the intent of giving gifts to each individual of the church is to use those gifts to build each other up.

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What Just Happened?

On the day of Pentecost there was a lot of noise and it was clear that something was going on, but no one knew exactly what it was. Some thought it was important and some thought it was a joke. What it was, was God fulfilling his promise to empower his church for mission — exactly what we need today!

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Till Death We Do Part

In a culture of easy marriages, our enduring marriages become a unique witness to God’s enduring love for the world.

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Marriage Workout

Marriage is a small, more intimate community rooted in the Spirit. This makes it good, but like all communities, it cannot be taken for granted. We must be intentional to cultivate our marriages to be obedient to the Spirit and bear the image of Christ — which is love itself.

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What’s the Plan?

Having cleared the ground, noting that marriage is not the end all and be all for everyone and that divorce can be handled gracefully, we now want to put forward a positive theology of the marriage relationship. Christian marriage is a whole lot more than romantic sentiment.

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Dealing with Divorce Gracefully

Divorce is not God’s ideal and it’s not usually ours either — but, divorce happens. We want to up hold the kind of kingdom community Jesus envisions, while at the same time practicing the same grace he had for real people. We don’t want to add to the pain people already experience around divorce, we want to bring the healing of grace!

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

As we begin a new series designed to examine what God says about Christian marriage, it is important we begin by recognizing not everyone is called to be married. Some people are called to be single and they are a gift to the church too.

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Descending into Greatness

Our culture has taught us each to pursue our own happiness; in its worst form this is what James describes as wisdom from below. Rather, he offers wisdom from above and it’s crucial if we are going to be a community used by God.

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Life Between Now and Then

In a world where the only real word is death which leads to hopelessness, the Christian has hope because Jesus has been raised from the dead. It’s for this reason James can counsel us to be patient — this is our testimony.

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