This message explores unity, the call to be of one mind, and the power of agreement. It also touches upon the reality of disagreement and suggests that even in the midst of disagreement we can cling to unity and display the power of God to the world around us.
As he did during his earthly ministry, Jesus still equips his disciples and sends them out to do the work of the Kingdom. Each of us is equipped in a unique way and God is at work in our efforts. We are right to trust that God is at work in our lives. We are right to trust in this even when things are not going as well as we might hope. Even then God is at work and God's purposes for creation will not be undone. Though he is at work in our lives, his hand extends far beyond them.
In the second message on the book of Ruth,214 we explore Mosaic law as a way to better understand what is happening between Ruth and Boaz. While many of these practices may seem strange to us they were very much a part of the culture in that place and time. By understanding these practices we better understand what is meant by calling God our Redeemer. Through Christ, we are restored to the promised inheritance of God.
This message is the first of two focused on the book of Ruth. Like Jonah it may have been lifted up during a time of ideological tension; but also like Jonah, it points us to Christ and the manner in which we ought to respond to the gospel. In this message we discover that Ruth's words can serve as a great model for us. As she clung to Naomi, so too, we cling to Christ.
The book of Jonah is often considered a story for children, yet it communicates to us some very important and challenging messages. Jonah reminds us that God's care and concern extends far beyond our own lives and the lives of those like us. Indeed God cares even for those we might consider enemies. Like Jonah, we often find it difficult to accept this truth and let it shape the living of our lives.
As we approach Pentecost, we revisit the Easter proclamation of Christ's resurrection. in particular we examine the repercussions of worldview fully focused on the here and now, a worldview that rejects any spiritual or metaphysical reality, a worldview that dismisses even the possibility of life beyond the grave. Though we are prone to avoid or deny these repercussions, such a worldview can lead us only to one place, the ultimate and utter meaninglessness of our lives in the undoing of any enduring hope. The gospel provides another possibility, the possibility that our lives are full of meaning and of a hope that can endure even in the face of grave.
In today's message we consider a portion of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, where he address divisions that had taken root in that community of believers. Are we prone to the same? What is the impact? What can we do to strive for unity in Christ's Church?
Today we find Paul sharing the gospel in Thessalonica. Many come to faith but others do not respond very kindly. We are reminded in our passage today that the gospel is by nature a troublesome thing. It challenges systems of power and the status quo. It challenges us as well, to reexamine the living of our lives.
Today we consider the two fold healing of a man whom Peter had found begging outside the temple. The first aspect of his healing was physical. The other aspect was the healing that comes with reconciliation to the community. This later healing is something all Christians can and should freely offer to the world.