How do we respond to praise and to whom do we ascribe worth? The Christian life is filled with the temptation to put ourselves at the center and not God. In this sermon, Preacher’s Roundtable member Esther Knicely explores Acts 14:8-20 that describes when a crowd try to turn Paul and Barnabas into gods. Three lies of identity – when others make us gods, when we make ourselves god and when others become our gods – can desensitize us to what is right and wrong when on mission. It is only when we are centered in Jesus and his love that mission naturally becomes an overflow of our knowledge of who God is and our identity in him.
God is actively renewing all things through the Spirit and his church. We are invited to participate in God’s restoration project – to do justice in our relationships and the world. In this sermon, Matt interviewed 3 people who are working for justice in the greater Miami area – Angel from Touching Miami with Love, Jorge from Mennonite Central Committee, and Nadia from Glory House. Listen and learn about what it can look like to practically do justice in our city.
There is one primary truth that God calls his people to agree on – that every person has unsurpassable worth and value because they are made in God’s image and Christ thought they were worth dying for. This reality is the foundation for Christian justice. In this sermon, Matt examines Micah 6:1-8 and the prophet’s challenge to do justice. The church must be a mañana community, where the a bit of God’s tomorrow is experienced today.
It is easy to keep people at arms length, especially if they are different from us in some way. But Jesus teaches us to draw close to the hurting and vulnerable in the world. In this sermon, Lauren unpacks Matthew 25: 31-46 where Jesus tells His followers that whenever we care for “the least of these”, or those who are most marginalized in society, we actually are serving Him. Lauren examines ways we are called to be genuine and relational when we venture in to serve communities on the margins.
Working for holistic healing and justice is heavy, tiring, and disheartening work. How is this kind of work sustaining and life-giving? In this sermon, guest speaker Keisha Polonio challenges us to be diligent in prayer as we extend the justice renewal of God to the city. Prayer and intimacy with God is what sustains the life of a disciple of Jesus.
God is making all things new in this world. But what does that mean? How did Jesus’ life and ministry extend the renewal of God? In this sermon, Matt unpacks the way Jesus and the early church practice justice in the New Testament. Jesus critiques the injustices of his time but also offers an alternative community that lives into a new reality together.
Justice is a complex topic these days. Different political groups have different “justice issues” that they deem to be extremely important. But how does the Bible speak about justice? In this sermon, Matt starts off this new sermon series by unpacking the Old Testament’s vision for justice. God himself is renewing and restoring all things and calls his people to practice justice amongst themselves and extend his restoration to the entire world. (Note: the original live sermon was not recorded, so this recording does not include community dialogue)