Sermons

Dave Groenenboom
July 27, 2013

The way up is down

The way up is down

Jesus counted all his heavenly glory as nothing (not: ‘gave up his divinity’). What Jesus did runs counter to every fallen human desire and inclination. It shows us the sheer magnitude of Jesus’ desire to save: would the son of God do this for me? Was I so bad that he needed to do this? […]

June 30, 2013

Compassion

Compassion

The people of God were prohibited from taking advantage of the poor and needy because. They were required to leave the edges of their fields for the foreigner (the refugee), the fatherless and the widow. These people are people who have been disposed through poverty, tragedy, warfare or famine. Compassion is deeper than generosity. Compassion […]

June 23, 2013

Generosity

Generosity

A typical view of generosity is that we give out of our spare money, or our excess, or what we can afford. Either that, or generosity is a value we aspire to. In Israel, generosity was to be part of their identity, especially toward their fellow Israelites, but not exclusively so. Deut 15 embeds generosity […]

June 16, 2013

Providence & Stewardship

Providence & Stewardship

While the people of Israel were greatly blessed, they needed to remember that this always came from God. This followed the creation mandate, where human beings are called to care for all creation and God’s delegated carers. NT perspective continues along this theme, teaching that God provides everything we need (Matt 6:25-34) and that every […]

June 9, 2013

Treasure

Treasure

With the sand of the Red Sea bottom still between their toes, The Lord calls Israel to be his treasured possession, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Instead of being people who seek treasure, they are to be a people who express the treasure of life with the Lord. This radically influences how […]

May 26, 2013

Life you cannot lose

Life you cannot lose

Here’s Paul states his life philosophy: that Christ be exalted in his living and/or his dying. Either way, the end result is just what Paul is longing for. Paul wants the Gospel of Jesus to flourish irrespective of his circumstances, and that being the case, he is wonderfully content.

May 19, 2013

‘Us’ and ‘Them’ No More

'Us' and 'Them' No More

Not all ministry and mission comes from the best motives. Amazingly, God stills hit the target even when the stick is bent. So lose the competitive spirit, and ask for the Lord’s grace to flourish in everyone ministering in Jesus’ name

April 21, 2013

Together Forever

Together Forever

Christian fellowship is defined by a deep bond of unity ‘all of you share God’s grace with me’ and ‘I have you in my heart’. There is no dynamic of control or manipulation here, but sheer care for the people God has placed in Paul’s care. A profoundly Christlike image (see John 17). This affection […]

April 14, 2013

Gospel Partners

Gospel Partners

Paul’s rich prayer flows from how he sees the Gospel flourishing in people. The Philippian church is young, but it’s powering on: When God starts something he brings it to a flourishing finish. Pauls’ absolute confidence is not based in circumstance or people’s ability, but in the God who works in people. Paul’s concept of […]

April 7, 2013

A Flourishing Life – Intro

A Flourishing Life - Intro

God’s grace causes reality to change: people become holy, leaders become empowered, and the most palpable effect of God’s work in people is that they receive grace and peace in the Gospel. God’s work causes people, his church, and his mission to flourish. This is not success or prosperity as we understand it, but God’s […]

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