Sermons

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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Advent: Hope

The first characteristic that a people who wait must have is hope. Not a wishful thinking hope. Not a cross our fingers and hope for the best hope. But, a sure hope. We must be confident that God is without a doubt coming through.

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All Things New

It is important to remember, especially during difficult times, that there is coming a time when everything will be made new—that includes us. Those who have suffered and remain faithful to Christ will be glorified. Even more, our glorification has already begun, in Christ Jesus!

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Total Love

When we started out we were controlled by sin, it was our master and we loved it. But, now, we are mastered by sin no more. We do not love it, we love God and as our devoted love for God consumes us there is no more place for love of sin. This is what John Wesley called Christian Perfection.

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Become What You Are

Why do some people flourish and some falter? While we can’t put everything onto the home life, it has been shown that people who come from homes where they know they are deeply loved and supported tend to thrive in life. The same is true in the Christian life; by knowing that we are deeply loved by our Father we can go on to deeper depths experiencing God’s grace in our lives.

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Soul Flip

Salvation is not a status to be obtained, but an entry way to a whole new life. Similar to purchasing a new house, the next step is to inhabit it. Perhaps this means some repair or renovation projects. Maybe some of the old furniture no longer suits. Yet, we don’t renovate ourselves, rather we hand the keys over and trust the graciousness of the host.

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Pull a U-Turn

Becoming a Christian does not happen by accident. A person can’t become a Christian and not know it and a person can’t keep going in the same direction and arrive in the kingdom. To become a Jesus follower requires an intentional change of direction. But, even that course correction is throughly rooted in the grace of God.

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You Are Here

Julie Andrews once trilled, “Begin at the beginning, it’s a very good place to start.” When speaking about people progressing from no faith or hostile to faith, we must begin orienting ourselves in relation to God. We have to speak of sin, but even before that comes a word of grace.

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We Can’t Take the Bible Literally

Many claim the Bible is historically inaccurate at best, and oppressive to certain peoples at worst. Because of this Christians shouldn’t take the Bible to be as authoritative as they do. This sermon points out the need to allow God to contradict our wills in order to be a truly personal relationship.

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