Sermons by “Pastor David”

The Action of the Church

Too often we put the activity of the church into an “either/or” situation. Either we preach the gospel of Jesus or we care for the poor and the marginalized. But, when we properly understand the nature of the kingdom of God we recognize that it is not “either/or,” but “both/and.”

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The Science of Church

During Christendom, it was assumed that the mission of the kingdom of God was complete. Therefore, all that was left to do was worship. However, we are now in a post-Christian world so we need to recapture the missional direction of the church.

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Actively Responding

We have engaged in the holy discipline of listening to the other. Now we want to discern how to respond. Faith without works is dead says James and Jesus say salvation has arrived when Zacchaeus makes reparations. How are you and I—personally and corporately—called to heal the wounds of racism in our community and neighbourhoods?

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Peace Isn’t Passive

Like it or not we are living through a time where issues of continued racism in Canada and the U.S. have come to the fore. The church cannot turn a blind eye to it or simply wish that everyone would just get along. We are the body of Christ, so we are called to live out the truth of the kingdom of God. We are to be ambassadors of reconciliation. But, peace doesn’t mean not talking about the problem. It means working to eliminate the divisions in the body and the world.

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Hold On To Your Pearls

In our Facebook culture, we have learned to publish our opinion on almost every subject—whether we are qualified or not. Jesus calls us to practice a different way, holding back our remarks and evaluations until we have done the deeper work on ourselves. Our judgments are valuable so they should be kept in reserve.

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Frankie Says Relax

Life is stressful. It seems like we have to work constantly to get ahead and to get what we want. As a result, we live stressed lives that break down our health and robs us of real joy. Jesus reminds us that by shifting our perspective we can live by a different ethic.

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What’s In Your Wallet?

In our culture, it is common to be asked if we are making our money work for us. Jesus flips the question. Are we working for our money? That is, is our money in charge of us? Is its accumulation the driving force of our lives? If it is then we need to reframe our thinking about who to serve.

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Hungering For God

“Welcome to McDonald’s, can I take your order please?” We live in a fast-food culture that has extended to every part of our lives. We expect what we want, when we want it. This instant feeding of our desires doesn’t just blunt our appetite for food. Our full belly’s also can keep us from God. Fasting is an ancient practice that offers to sharpen our hunger for life with God.

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Simple Prayer in Complex Times

Prayer seems like such a basic and fundamental part of faith. Yet, most people shy away from it and hardly anyone would be willing to claim that they excel at it. If we are going to grow as disciples then we must practice this basic skill. To do this, we turn to the person who was a master of prayer—Jesus. He cuts to the heart of how we should and shouldn’t pray.

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