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FAQ: Are Not All Religions the Same? - Pastor Steve Brown - July 20, 2014

St. Luke Columbus Sermon Podcast

Release Date: 07/29/2014

What are you longing for? show art What are you longing for?

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Martin Luther longed for a church that proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He wasn’t just looking for the church to be better. Luther longed for a church where grace was shared and freedom proclaimed in Christ alone. What do you long for today? Is there an I confessed longing, as Bonhoeffer writes, for peace, stability, joy, happiness? Are you longing for renewal in your relationships? Maybe you are just longing for a better tomorrow? Have you settled for 2nd best in life thinking “good enough” is the best it gets, and it is better than nothing? Is it possible that your longing for...

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Talking Points: The Perfect Blend of Politics and Religion show art Talking Points: The Perfect Blend of Politics and Religion

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The unity and diversity of the early church shocked and intrigued the ancient world. Ours should as well. Lessons:  — Like, comment & subscribe to stay updated with the latest content! — With St Luke Columbus Online you can join us every Sunday starting at 8:15 am. Join us at https://www.stlukecolumbus.com/traditional or enjoy our outdoor service at 10 am. — Looking for content for your Kids? Visit our St Luke Kids page: — Discover the God who loves you. You are not alone. We are in this together. — FOLLOW St. Luke Lutheran Church: Instagram: Facebook: Website: YouTube: ...

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Talking Points: The Perfect Blend of Politics and Religion show art Talking Points: The Perfect Blend of Politics and Religion

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Our political views are shaped by a number of variables: our backgrounds, education, and personal experiences to name a few. It’s easy to feel like our view is the right one, but the person beside you is more precious to God than your political view.   As citizens of the Kingdom of God, we are governed first and foremost by the Law of Christ (“love one another as I have loved you”, Christ), which precedes all our political viewpoints.       Next Steps:  Listen, Learn, and Love   Lessons:    —  Like, comment & subscribe to stay...

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Talking Points: The Perfect Blend of Politics and Religion show art Talking Points: The Perfect Blend of Politics and Religion

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Your favorite candidate will win or lose based on how our country votes this November. However, the church will win or lose based on our behavior between now and then. Next steps: Pray for oneness. Heavenly Father, make us one so we can influence many. Prayer of Jesus, what he wanted to be protected. Look for an opportunity to love unconditionally someone with whom you disagree politically. Lessons: —  Like, comment & subscribe to stay updated with the latest content!  —  With St Luke Columbus Online you can join us every Sunday starting at 8:15 am. Join us at or enjoy...

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Everywhere You Look show art Everywhere You Look

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Many divide society into sacred and secular spaces.  Certainly, churches are considered sacred spaces where religious activities are conducted and secular spaces, like a park or government building, are considered secular, a place where attitudes and activities have no religious background to them.  And yet, much of the books of Acts takes place in public, secular spaces like marketplaces, calling into question the sacred/secular divide.  Today we will discover what happens when God crosses this false divide and the impact it has on the world around us.     Next...

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Everywhere You Look show art Everywhere You Look

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Jesus showed that there are no limits to where God would go to reach us. The work of God through Jesus not only went to the ends of the earth but to the dead - the dead that were once to be avoided.  Jesus came to raise the dead, physically, and spiritually. Because of sin, all people are born spiritually dead. In our baptism and coming to faith, we are born again and raised to live a new life. As the raised Church of Christ, we go to be with the dead in hopes that God will work through our witness to raise the dead to new life.      Next Step: Identify people you know...

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Everywhere You Look show art Everywhere You Look

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Following the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, his followers met together in their homes. Following a vision from God, Peter was led to be in the home of a gentile unbeliever named Cornelius who was a Roman centurion. We see in these and other events reported in the New Testament that the earliest Christian churches met in people’s homes and that the saving activity of the Holy Spirit happened in homes. Lessons: Watch:     

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Everywhere You Look show art Everywhere You Look

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The Church of Jesus Christ is to be more sent out everywhere rather than gathered in a church building. In the book of Acts almost all of the work of God through the apostles happens away from any church building. The earliest Christian churches left the building and during the pandemic most churches today have left the building. The disciples met the risen Jesus outside somewhere and were sent to the ends of the earth to be witnesses of Jesus. While we are strengthened in the gathered community of Christ Followers, we are sent out into our communities to give witness to the salvation that...

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A Service of Lament show art A Service of Lament

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“Lamentation, a prayer for help coming out of pain, is very common in the Bible. Over one third (50 or so) of the psalms are laments. Lament frequently occurs in the Book of Job: “Why did I not perish at birth, come forth from the womb and expire?” (Job 3:11). The prophets likewise cry out to God, such as Jeremiah does: “Why is my pain continuous, my wound incurable…?” (15:18) and Habakkuk: “…my legs tremble beneath me. I await the day of distress that will come upon the people who attack us” (3:16).   One whole book, Lamentations, expresses the confusion and suffering...

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Fault vs Responsibility show art Fault vs Responsibility

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While a societal evil might not directly be our fault, we still have a responsibility to bring good. Because we have received much, we are called to live out this truth in the racial reckoning that we are experiencing in our society today. Jesus taught, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Whether we understand that societal evils are in any way our fault or not, Jesus calls us to use our privilege, power, and wealth to correct the evils and bring good into the lives of others. We are to...

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Pastor Steve concludes our sermon series, "FAQ: Ask And It Will Be Given You - Answering Frequently Asked Questions" by addressing the questions, "Are Not All Religions the Same?" Some of the similarities among the religions will be acknowledged as a way of pointing to the reality and omnipresence of God. Christianity will be shown to be unique among all the religions because we are saved by grace.

We encourage you to lay down whatever other “religion” you are holding unto to justify yourself and rest in God’s Amazing Grace centered in Jesus Christ.