Posts from April 2022
What is our unity centred around? And what is our goal as a unified people? In the book of Ephesians, we see that Christ unites us as one new multiethnic family; and gives us gifts to build up the body so we can maintain and attain unity in the faith. In this sermon we explore what this looks like in Paul’s day and in our day as Christians in 2022.
Christianity claims to be based on a historical fact – the bodily resurrection of Jesus. But how does His resurrection practically help Christians today? The Apostle Paul answers that question for us. He explains what it means to be “risen with Christ” and the results of such an experience. In his explanation, we see why the resurrection is so vital and necessary and how it can help us today.
What often happens after several successes in our lives? The Jewish people experienced God’s unique protection, His provision to help them rebuild Jerusalem and His guidance as they re-established proper worship. Yet they quickly forgot to follow their commitments. We often struggle to keep our promises to God and to follow His ways. Because of this, God brings individuals, like Nehemiah for the Jewish people, to call us to “Come Back to God!”
How does someone dying almost two thousand years ago help me today? Many people wonder about just this question when it comes to Jesus death. On Good Friday, we consider what the death of Jesus actually accomplishes by consider the words of Paul. He tells us God’s diagnosis of humanity, the consequences of that diagnosis and then the remedy that Jesus provide and how it works.
How can a person follow God? What does it mean to start again and try to follow God’s commands? This is what the Jewish people experienced after returning to their land. Yet, despite their best efforts and many good intentions, what they tried was ultimately not enough. As this part of their history is considered, it will become clear where they did well and where they fell short.