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Why Church? Part 2: Belonging // Mike Weaver

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Release Date: 09/19/2021

Pioneer and Perfecter // Mike Weaver show art Pioneer and Perfecter // Mike Weaver

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Jesus is called a prophet, teacher, miracle-worker, Messiah, the Christ, Savior, and Redeemer among other things.  The writer of Hebrews adds two more, “Pioneer and Perfecter” of our faith.  (The King James Version uses the word “author” instead of “pioneer”.) This week we’ll lean into the implications that Jesus is truly what Hebrews testifies to, that he writes the story and perfects the same story, of our individual and collective lives lived by faith. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Why Church? Part 5: Sacrifice // Steve Brown show art Why Church? Part 5: Sacrifice // Steve Brown

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer says, when Christ calls us, he bids us to come and die. Pastor Mike taught last week that we church for a cause bigger than ourselves, but first we must be transformed by Christ and that takes sacrifice. To live and love like Jesus will take sacrifice. In a move that is incredibly counter-intuitive and countercultural, we church because Jesus bids us to come and die and live a life that is sacrificial for the sake of the world. It is here that we find our purpose.   Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Why Church? Part 4: Sacrifice // Mike Weaver show art Why Church? Part 4: Sacrifice // Mike Weaver

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The church is a cause greater than ourselves, the Kingdom of God.  As the church, we are invited to participate in the ongoing revelation of the Kingdom of God in this world.  We pray for its coming weekly and, at times, daily, in the Lord’s Prayer, and we participate and co-create the Kingdom where we are with God by the Holy Spirit.  Just as Jesus sent the 72 out to do the work of the Kingdom to places maybe they had never been and with people with whom they had never spoken, and to do things they couldn’t ever do on their own, so Christ sends us out as ambassadors for the...

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Why Church? Part 3: People // Steve Brown show art Why Church? Part 3: People // Steve Brown

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The community and friendships we experience in church are immeasurably life-giving. The love we show one another is a witness to the world. The most profound aspect of our family of faith may be that each of us church with people who are different from ourselves - people with whom you would not easily choose to hangout. It is a great witness to the world that each of us church with people who are ethnically, culturally, politically, economically, and other ways different from ourselves. This reflects the kingdom of God that Jesus ushered into the world, that is the body of Christ today, and is...

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Why Church? Part 2: Belonging // Mike Weaver show art Why Church? Part 2: Belonging // Mike Weaver

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St Augustine said the church existed from all eternity whenever people loved one another.  The unconditional love and acceptance we share with one another is where Christ dwells fully among us.   The church is an alternative community where we love as Christ loves.  Out of this love flows genuine community established on the foundation of unconditional love and acceptance.   Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Why Church? Part 1: Hope // Steve Brown show art Why Church? Part 1: Hope // Steve Brown

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In our lives that are so often fickle and uncertain, the discipline of regularly attending church fills us with God’s unwavering and certain hope. Each week, as we hear, see, taste, smell, and feel the gospel of Jesus, the solid foundation of a confident hope is fortified within us. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Psalms for Ordinary Life, Part 5: Adjusting to Things Beyond our Control // Mike Weaver show art Psalms for Ordinary Life, Part 5: Adjusting to Things Beyond our Control // Mike Weaver

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One of the most fundamental skills in life is to be able to adjust well to things beyond our control.  Our lives are filled with circumstances beyond our ability to control them.  We experience situations that are adverse, often we end up feeling helpless and frustrated, wondering what to do next.   Psalm 131 and Jesus’ experience before his crucifixion show us how to adjust our attitudes and outlooks as we experience adversity. Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Psalms for Ordinary Life, Part 4: Mirror and Window // Steve Brown show art Psalms for Ordinary Life, Part 4: Mirror and Window // Steve Brown

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As we grind through our daily lives, we screw up. In our self-centered drive, we violate God’s values and hurt others. In the mirror of honest self-reflection, we see what we intuitively know about ourselves – we fall short of God’s way of living. If we were left with only the mirror of honest self-assessment, we would have no hope and we would fear our deserved judgment. In Christ, the condemning mirror becomes a window to see God’s unfailing love for us.   Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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Psalms for Ordinary Life, Part 3: The Joy of Community // Mike Weaver show art Psalms for Ordinary Life, Part 3: The Joy of Community // Mike Weaver

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In this new post-pandemic/resurgence world, the need for the touch of community seems even more important than ever.  After a year and a half of keeping our distance from one another there is a hunger to be in the presence of one another.  Community cannot be fully formed at a distance, or through a screen.  True community and the blessings of community occur when we are present with and for one another.  We were designed for community and in community we find grace, peace, and belonging, and extend the same to others.    Subscribe to stay updated with the latest...

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Psalms for Ordinary Life, Part 2: For Those of Anxious Toil // Steve Brown show art Psalms for Ordinary Life, Part 2: For Those of Anxious Toil // Steve Brown

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In our culture, we have a tendency to worship our work, work at our play, and play at our worship. This leads to work that can be anxious toil. Psalm 127 and the other passages point towards God’s way out for those of anxious toil.   Subscribe to stay updated with the latest content. Follow St Luke Lutheran Church:

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St Augustine said the church existed from all eternity whenever people loved one another.  The unconditional love and acceptance we share with one another is where Christ dwells fully among us.   The church is an alternative community where we love as Christ loves.  Out of this love flows genuine community established on the foundation of unconditional love and acceptance.

 

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