There is still life after the storm. On the shore, we learn to follow Jesus because of what He can do. In the storm, we learn to follow Jesus because of who He is. In this sermon, we discover together the different kind of storms we face in life. Ultimately, every storm, stands in opposition to the destination. The key to facing the storm is to fight fear with faith. For, God’s promises will always overrule our problems!
There is still life after the ruins. In this sermon, we are reminded of both the process to God’s rulership and the promise of His rulership. It is in the ruins where we learn to trust God to rule our lives. And it is in the ruins that we learn to speak, think, and see a reality that is different than our own.
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.