The desire of every human heart is to find purpose in life. We want to know that our life counts for something more than what is usual. We long for the unusual life, with an unusual gift or ability that will change the world. Often, in our search for the instruments God has given us to use we neglect to give ourselves as an instrument for God to use. In this sermon, we learn that the only opportunity we have to be God’s instrument is the opportunity that is before us. It is rarely the opportunity we dream of or even want. Nonetheless, it is the one we are called to say yes to.
Our human hearts are often restless for rest. Weariness is commonplace and the possibility rest becomes impossible. A better description for this restlessness is that of slavery. What we need is a God that completes His work so that we can rest even when we have not completed our own. In this sermon, we are reminded of the unusual way God uses rest to sanctify our lives. This is the kind of rest that Jesus invites us into.
God has set sex apart to be holy. The way God sanctifies sex, sets it apart, seems unusual to us. But, it is ultimately for our good and greatest satisfaction. In this sermon, we remember together God’s original design for sex and the danger that comes when we act outside of that design. We learn the best way to live under that design is through the love triangle of commitment, intimacy, and passion.
God’s “Utopia” is a place where people are filled with His love and are formed in His holiness. The most unusual part of God’s “Utopia” is not believing in this kind of community. It is practicing it in a community that does not practice love and holiness in the same way. In this sermon, we are given a pattern for practicing this in community with others. This pattern is what John Wesley called, “Holy Love.” Holiness is a natural by-product of love. When people are filled with God’s love then they can be formed with God’s holiness.
When God sanctifies us He sanctifies our heart. This begs the question, “How is our heart?” While it is often the last question we ask ourselves or that is asked of us it is the first thing God evaluates in us. Is our heart like God’s heart? More importantly, how can our heart become like His? The answer has more to do with what God does than it has to do with what we do. In this sermon, we discover together how God desires to sanctify the hearts of his people.
The sanctified life God has called us to often feels unnatural, uncommon and unusual. But what if the life that is so unusual on earth is actually the life that is usual in heaven? The sanctified life is one that is set apart by God and for God. It is a life that is like God (Genesis 1:24). In this sermon we discover how God sanctifies us (John 17: 13-19, Galatians 2: 19-21, and Colossians 3: 1-4). We are invited into this sanctified life through faith in Jesus Christ.
Anger is a boiling point of the soul. Anger is something that not only happens to us, it is something that ultimately happens in us. It becomes our response to the violation of our will. In this sermon, we discover the process that occurs for becoming angry: we bottle it up, we blow up, and then we blame others. How we are to handle our anger? The answer to that question will either make us the most like God or the least like God. The choice is ours.
Pride is a blindspot of the soul. For most of us, we are either to prideful to admit we do not have a pride problem or we are prideful enough to believe that we do not. In this sermon, David provides us with four blindspots we need to check concerning pride. In the end, it is what pride keeps us from receiving that is the most detrimental to the spiritual condition of our souls.