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Regifting: The Gift of Unity

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Release Date: 01/26/2020

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St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Pentecost Sunday   Focus text, “Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you’...he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’”   Interestingly, just before the disciples reentered the world around them, after spending time behind locked doors, the Lord blesses them with peace and blesses them with His presence in the Holy Spirit.   What if Jesus stood among us today as we move outward, reentering the world around us after this long quarantine period?  What does peace mean now?  What did that peace allow the disciples to...

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We live in hope today because tomorrow’s worst is taken care of. The resurrection of Jesus was never far from the minds of the apostles. The resurrection of Jesus infused the apostles with justifiable hope for their future, freed them from the dread of death, and empowered them to sacrificially serve others for the sake of the gospel. What have you learned about your fears during this pandemic? It is possible for our sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life to empower us to live lives of great courage in the face of external threats.   Next Step: The Apostle Paul wrote...

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To live an excellent life, love drives everything we do.  When love is the beginning, middle, and ending of everything, we increase our ability to be influential in the lives of those around us.  What’s possible now is leaving a legacy of faith, hope, and love to generations beyond us.   Take away: excellence begins with how we approach things, our intentions.  Embrace the intention of living each moment, each interaction, and each task with faith, hope, and love.    Lessons:   Watch:   

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It is possible for us to be perfectly united. As crazy as that sounds, it is possible when we are united in our essential beliefs, show liberty in our non-essential beliefs and practices, and live by charity in all our beliefs and practices. The first Christian Church described in Acts 2 experienced this perfect unity for a brief period of time. They resolved their conflicts. Next to the gospel itself, in the letters of the Apostle Paul unity in the body of Christ is of greatest importance. Paul called the earliest Christians to a very high standard of unity. As we move out of the pandemic...

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The National Day of Prayer when followers of Jesus from across our country will join in prayer for our communities and nation. The churches of Gahanna are putting together a unique online prayer experience for you to join this great prayer movement. You can participate by listening to a 30-minute guided time of prayer. Get outside, go on a walk or a run, listen, and pray along with others in the Gahanna community. 

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Paul reminds and encourages the church in Thessalonica, that despite the hardship they face as chosen followers of Christ, God is using their “work produced by faith, labor prompted by love, and endurance inspired by hope” to bless those around them, including in places l Ike Macedonia and Achaia, miles away from the city of Thessalonica.  The presence of the risen Christ by the Holy Spirit in the lives of the Christians then, and in the lives of us who live in 2021, amplifies our impact to those around us.  Lives that go to “11” are now possible.   Take away: Live open...

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We can’t give away what we don’t have. In today's lesson, a crippled beggar asked Peter and John for money, something they didn’t have. Peter gave the beggar what he did have--the power to walk in the name of Jesus. In the weeks and months following the resurrection of Jesus, we see his followers love others as Jesus loved us and give to those in need what they had. God has called each of us to do the same to meet the hopes and hurts of people today.   Next step: Identify what God has given you that you can give to help someone, and then do it.   Lessons:   ...

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Verses 3-4 of Acts 1 tell us, “After [Jesus’] suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father.”   What’s intriguing to me is Jesus’ “staying” with the disciples in Jerusalem while they waited there for the “promise of the Father.”  As they waited, Jesus waited. Unlike the disciples who could not stay awake and wait with Jesus before he was arrested, Jesus...

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When our dreams are taken away, the Lord has the words of eternal life that matter most. In coming to terms with the postponement of the 2020 Olympics, Olympic hopeful, Allyson Felix, wrote recently, “This has been a sobering reminder that we are not owed our dreams.” The COVID-19 pandemic has been a sobering reminder that our dreams often do no come true and we experience disappointment and loss in life that can be crushing. John 6 records a turning point in the ministry of Jesus when it appeared that the mission dreams Jesus’ disciples seem to fall apart. When Jesus asked them whether...

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The Word of Forgiveness - "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." Luke 23:34 - Speaker: Robert Flagg The Word of Promise - "Today you shall be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43 - Speaker: Carrie Whatley The Word of Love - "Woman, behold your son! Behold your mother!" John 19:26-27 - Speaker: Mary Lou Owens The Word of Loneliness - "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46 - Speaker: Colleen Zielke The Word of Suffering - "I thirst." John 19:28 - Speaker: Emily Reese The Word of Victory - "It is finished." John 19:30 - Speaker: Pastor Steve Brown The Word of...

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“Many people in America today would say that divisiveness is one of the most dangerous issues in our common life, that factionalism and misguided allegiance keep us from being able to address the very serious challenges that confront us today: increasing disparity between rich and poor, climate change, global violence, competition for natural resources, migration due to war and famine.
 
And of course, each of these issues has its local manifestation:
  • isolation of people in homogeneous neighborhoods;
  • fear of strangers, of other races and nationalities, refugees, the homeless—or the despair of being the stranger, the refugee, or without a home;
  • addiction, mental illness, trauma;
  • a lack of individual commitment to the well-being of an entire town or city;
  • a sense of powerlessness when it comes to self-regulating the use of fossil fuels, water, food.” ~Jane Lancaster Patterson
Paul is not necessarily emphasizing uniformity, completely, but a unity of thought and opinion about the Gospel.  
 
What’s at stake is the mission of the local church.  Paul asks rhetorically, “Is Christ divided?” If Christ had been divided internally about his mission as the Messiah, the witness would have been compromised.  Christ’s unity within himself birthed the church for future generations. We stand united in Christ and thus pass on to future generations a healthy and vibrant church.  
 
Next Step: “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3-6)