Sermons by “Fr. David Thompson”
Jesus said that he “came to cast fire on the earth” (Luke 12:49). He was referring to the fire of faith brought by the Holy Spirit. This is a timely word for the Church in our day and age when most Christians sense only a flicker of faith at best. As we launch Church of the Incarnation North Campus, let us come closer to this fire Jesus speaks of and be lit with life.
Our physical posture is one of those everyday things that has great formative impact on our bodies over time. So also, our spiritual posture greatly affects our formation into the image of Jesus Christ. Consider the different life postures presented to us in this story of two sisters, Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42). One has a posture ready to receive “the good portion” given from God. May it serve as a good example of what it looks like to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Jesus does not send his disciples out in their own power, strength, and ability. The church needs to be transformed and transforming in particular ways in order to carry out his Great Commission. Turn to Luke 10 as we consider three significant ways in which God driven transformation takes root in us.
Fifty days after Jesus rose from the dead the Holy Spirit was sent to fill his disciples. Pentecost marks the beginning of a new age, a Spirit filled age. By the indwelling of the Spirit, disciples of Christ are empowered with the very presence of God to carry out the purposes of God; namely, to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people of all nations.
It happens time and time again, people receive great works from God only to turn and reject his word. We see this in Acts 8, where the people of Lystra receive a great miracle performed by Paul, yet turn and stone him for his words. The word of God is not always an easy word to hear and receive, and yet it is the only word that brings healing and wholeness to a broken world and broken lives.