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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