Vocation Series - Stewardship

8/5/18

Matthew 25:14-30

Hi friends,

Stewardship is the next topic in our series on vocation.  In this sermon, we take a look at Jesus' Parable of the Talents and ask what the signs of healthy stewardship of our gifts and abilities are - as we as what gets in the way and holds back our potential.   

I hope this is helpful to you.

Blessings,

Allen

Vocation Series - Creation

6/3/18

Passage: Matthew 6:19-21

Hi friends,

As we continue in our series on vocation, we take a look at the fundamentally human calling to create.  We are made in the image of a creator - and we are invited to participate in the family business. 

In particular, we are called to be invested in the building up the Kingdom of God - which is an eternal reality all around us that has been initiated through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  Yet everything around us still spoils, perishes, and fades.  So how can we build things that last with materials that don't?  We take a look at this question in this sermon.

I hope this meets you in some way.

Allen

Vocation Series - Worship

5/20/18

Passage: Psalm 100:1-5

Hi friends,

Today, we continue our series on vocation.  In this one, we look at the calling of worship. 

Worship is often understood in terms of church services, singing, and prayers - but it's much deeper and broader than that.  Worship is a whole-life Copernican Revolution where we move from having God revolve around us and our stories, to having our lives revolve around God and His story.  There's a lot to this - it's much more than just thinking in a different way.  And in the end, it's at the heart of our whole calling in this world.

I hope this is helpful to whoever listens to it.

Blessings,

Allen

Vocation Series - Friendship

4/29/18

Passage: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Hi friends,

Here is the next sermon in our series on vocation.  When people think of the word "vocation," they often think about their jobs.  Our jobs are certainly part of our vocation, but In the introductory sermon in this series, we talked about how our vocation, in light of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, is actually a much broader calling - it is the calling to live out our whole, holistic lives, in a way that is rooted in the new kind of life found in Jesus.  Our vocation is life.

In this particular sermon, we look at the centrality and priority of friendship in the vocation of the Kingdom of God.  I hope this is helpful.

Blessings to you all,

Allen 

Vocation Series Intro

4/15/18

Passage: John 2:1-12

Hi friends,

We're beginning a new sermon series on vocation.  At the center of the this topic is the question of what the church is called to be.  In this sermon we look at how Jesus came not to offer us a new religion, but to offer us a new life.  The heart of the vocation of the church, then, is not to do religion well, but to live a new kind of life.  This paradigm shift has all sorts of implications for our lives.

I hope the beginning of this exploration of vocation is helpful.

Blessings,

Allen