Sermon Series: Freedom Bound -- Advent to Epiphany 2015
Sermon Title: The Path of Justice
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Mark 1:1-4, 14-15; Galatians 5:1, 13
The Advent season is a time of reflection on how God's coming in Jesus releases us from personal, social, and historical chains that bind us. The theme for this Advent-Epiphany season is "Freedom Bound." We live in the paradox that we are both bound and free, on a march to freedom but encumbered by the burden of sin we carry; we are carrying the scars of struggle but living with a new hope. God's freedom takes us down pathways of justice, mercy, trust, love, service, and inclusion.
In The Path of Justice, pastor David calls our attention to how Jesus revealed the healing path of God’s justice. Listen to David and view the slides here.
Sermon Series: By Streams of Living Water
Sermon Title: Rains of Justice
Scripture Reading: Psalm 72:1-2, 6-7; Psalm 73:1-8, 12, 16-17; Romans 12:9-21
Though one of the strongest biblical images of God is of a just Judge, the people of God have not always made justice a priority. Yet God deeply desires justice, and we should want to see justice done as well (Micah 6:8, Amos 5:24).
Because the psalmists believed God was just, they cried out to God for justice to fall like rain upon the earth. They asked God to help their leaders to do what is right and to protect them from their enemies, even to avenge the righteous for the evil done to them.
As we reflect on the justice psalms, and express our honest feelings with the psalmists, we ultimately look to Jesus to see what Judge, judgment, and justice really looks like. We trust Christ and his way of bringing justice to the world. In Rains of Justice (5 of 6), pastor David encourages us to cry out to God in the way of the Psalms for the justice of the Kingdom.
Listen to David and view the slides here.