A time for revising

Sermon 16 Jun 2019  Trinity Sunday

A time for revising by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Good parents provide for their children, protect them, but also teach them – not just facts, but responsibility for others and for their own actions.  Our heavenly Father does the same.  He also gives exams so that we can see our progress and identify what is lacking in our lives.  We are called to mature in Christlikeness: examine your past tests, and spend time revising* for the tests to come … for they will come.

* The English meaning of preparing for an examination, not the American meaning of editing a manuscript

Lectionary:  Isaiah 59:15-21; Psalm 29; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:5-15

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 6:24; Luke 19:11-26; Ephesians 2:8-10

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Why the Holy Spirit?

Sermon 09 Jun 2019  Pentecost

Why the Holy Spirit? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Why was the Holy Spirit sent?  The apostles received the Holy Spirit on Resurrection Day for their benefit, but they were baptized with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost for the benefit of the Church.

Lectionary:  Acts 2:1-7, 12-21; Psalm 104:24-35; Romans 8:14-17; John 15:20-27

Referenced Scriptures:  Acts 16:16-34; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 1:12-14; John 4:35; 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 1:14; John 10:10

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Doing God’s will God’s way

Sermon 02 Jun 2019

Doing God’s will God’s way by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Paul preached the Gospel, which is able to break everyone’s chains, but not everyone is looking for freedom.  The jailer was in chains, too: his fate was bound up in the performance of his job.  The Gospel breaks chains that aren’t visible, on people who don’t even know they are bound!  The miracle was not performed for those who minister, but for the sake of those who receive ministry!  “You cannot do God’s will your way” (Primate Craig Bates).

Lectionary:  Acts 16:16-34; Psalm 98:1-9; Revelation 22:12-17; John 17:20-26

Referenced Scriptures:  none

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How do we pursue God’s vision for this church?

Sermon 26 May 2019

How do we pursue God’s vision for this church? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: 

  • Basic Requirements
    An open heart
    The desire to obey
    An unconquerable love for Jesus
    A “Berean” attitude: testing what you hear against the whole of Scripture
  • Building the Kingdom of God
    A tiny seed grows into a tree of protection
    The tree bears fruit
    Not every tree is of God
    Bad trees grow from a small beginning too – leaven
  • Checking the fruit
    Good fruit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
    Bad fruit: selfishness, strife, division, manipulating or controlling others
  • What should we do?
    Do not bring offense
    Do not cause others to stumble
    Examine ourselves
    Repent of our sin
    Love one another in word and deed

Lectionary:  Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:1-2, 22-27; John 14:23-29

Referenced Scriptures:  John 14:22; Acts 2; Acts 17:10-11; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 4:3-20,30-32; John 15:1-8; Matthew 7:15-20; Matthew 16:6-12; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; Luke 17:1-2; Romans 14:13; Matthew 7:1-5; Matthew 26:21-22,25; Romans 12:1-21; John 13:34

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Why are you here?

Sermon 19 May 2019

Why are you here? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  We are here to do the works of God.  To do His works we must know Him, know what is important to Him, and know what He wants for each of us and from each of us.  We are called to do greater works than Jesus did, but that is impossible unless we have the same attitude He did and are under authority as He was.  Faith is not commanding the circumstances of life to line up with our expectations; faith is living every moment of our lives in subjection to the authority of God.  Is that why you are here?

Lectionary:  Acts 13:44-52; Psalm 145:1-21; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  Isaiah 61:1-4; John 6:28-29; Luke 6:46-49; Matthew 22:37-40; John 14:15-17; Luke 10:30-35; Hebrews 11:6; Luke 7:6-9; Luke 7:12-15; John 5:19; John 14:12

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Awake, O sleeper!

Sermon 12 May 2019

Awake, O sleeper! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus went about doing good and healing the people, yet He was put to death.  He committed no crime: people simply did not like what He was saying.  If we are Jesus’ disciples, some will not like what we say.  Wake from your slumber and be a true disciple!

Lectionary:  Acts 13:26-39; Psalm 23:1-6; Revelation 7:9-14; John 10:22-30

Referenced Scriptures:  Isaiah 53:3-9; Psalm 22:1-18; Psalm 69:7-9; John 18:38; Ephesians 5:14; Zechariah 4:6

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Contributing, or committed?

Sermon 05 May 2019

Contributing, or committed? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  We are Christ’s body: what He did, we must also do.  Sometimes we must be blinded by the Truth before we can see it.  We can only succeed if we are committed.  To be committed is to be willing to suffer.  We are Christ’s body: what was done to Him will also be done to us.

Lectionary:  Acts 9:1-16; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-13; John 21:1-14

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 25:35-36, 40; Romans 8:29-30

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Where is the Church?

Sermon 28 Apr 2019

Where is the Church? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  After Christ’s crucifixion the disciples were hiding from the Sanhedrin behind locked doors.  Weeks later they were standing before the Sanhedrin boldly proclaiming Christ.  Something changed, and that something was Pentecost.  Pentecost marks the birth of the Church.  We are the Church, and our distinguishing characteristic is sacrificial love.

Lectionary:  Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 111; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 16:16; Acts 2:1-4; John 13:31-35; John 15:12-14; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26

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For this life, or the next?

Sermon 21 Apr 2019  Easter Sunday

For this life, or the next? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: If Christ has not been raised from the dead, the Apostles’ testimonies are lies and their preaching – along with my preaching and your faith – is futile and you are still in your sins.  You can choose to live a futile life, or to live the eternal life for which you were designed.

Lectionary: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Luke 24:1-12

Referenced Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:12-18; Romans 12:1; 2 Timothy 2:11-13; Luke 14:16-24

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