Sermon discussion (and review)

I’ve created this page to list summaries of the sermons I preach and as a place where comments and discussion can happen about them. Click on the coloured/underlined text to go to another page and read some summary notes (that is the page it is best to make comments from). It seems you need to hover your mouse over the text to see that it is a link. 

Addition March 18th. As a result of some conversations, I am going  to try put up some questions to reflect on about the passages I plan to preach on next.

Addition April 8th. When all goes well I update this page on Sunday afternoon, but some weeks I won’t get to it until Monday or Tuesday.

Sermon 16 June 23 Ezekiel 36:26-28; 2 Corinthians 3:2-6 Matt 23:25-28 Introducing “Heart Change”


Eze 36:26-28: Who is taking primary action in this passage? Notice the series of actions in the passage and how “then” something else occurs. What is that something else? When a person has a “heart of stone” or a “divided” heart, what does that mean to you? What is the opposite of that? Does the following of decrees and laws start the action in this passage?

Matt 23:26: My “dirty cup” sermon was about this theme. According to the passage what is more important, outside change or inside change, external appearances or internal attitude?

2 Cor 3:3: How do you become a letter from Christ according to this passage? Why might Paul mention tablets of stone in this context? Where does Life come from and live according to Paul?

Table Talk Questions (after the message, as final preparations for the meal are made, you are invited to sit at table and have conversation around these two questions:

Given the definition of — and distinction between — “Technical” challenges and Adaptive challenges (which Pastor Pete will share) identify together three Technical challenges CCC is facing, and then discuss what you think her greatest Adaptive challenge is. Be sure to not use up all the time on question 1. That will be tempting, but question two is the important one today! Be ready to report just before we eat. After the meal we will move into a talking circle conversation on the same topic.

Sermon 15 June 16 Exodus 3:16-4:20 “From Shepherd with Staff to on God’s Staff

Sermon 14 June 9 (Pentecost). “The untamable Spirit

Sermon 13 June 2: Exodus 3:1-10 – Transition “From Solitary Shepherd to Sent Savior

Sermon 12, May 26: Exodus 2:11-25 – Transition “From Fierce Freedom Fighter to Fearful Foreign Fugitive

Sermon 11, May 19: Exodus 2: 1-10 Transition “From River Rat to Royal Rug-rat”

Sermon 10, May 12: Exodus 1:1-15 “From Family Fleeing Famine to Flourishing Family without Freedom”

Sermon 9, May 5: Genesis 3:1-5; Galatians 5:18-26 “From Forbidden Fruit to Bidden Fruit”

Sermon 8, April 21: Romans 3:20; 8:1-8: Galatians 3:23-27 “The Law as Ten Posts”

Here’s a great quote that is relevant to the lost Son sermon and the Ten Posts one:

The farther I run away from the place where God dwells, the less I am able to hear the voice that calls me the Beloved, and the less I hear that voice, the more entangled I become in the manipulations and power games of the world. — Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son

Sermon 7, April 14: Luke 15:11-32 “The Joy of Being Found” 

Sermon 6, April 7: Mark 12:13-17 “Who’s Image?” 

Sermon 5, March 31: Luke 10:25-37 “Neighbouring”

Sermon 4: Luke 11:37-41; with Mk 7:1-8, 20-23 as background reading. “Cleaning the Inside.”  

Sermon 3: Psalm 95:8-11 – Expect God to speak change into life

Sermon 2: Psalm 95:1,6,8 – Three ‘movements’ “Cheer, Cherish, Change”

Sermon 1: Psalm 95:1,2,6 – The threefold “come along, let’s go” and meet with God.


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