Bible Text: Ephesians 5:1, 21; 5:22-6:4 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: Eastertide 2018 In surveying all the spiritual blessings which pour out of the resurrection of Jesus Paul has been describing a heavenly existence taking place on fallen earthly terrain. From this divine love which cannot die and we cannot kill comes heavenly security, salvation, solidarity and a kind of spirituality that transforms every earthly relationship. And all of these blessings are ultimately empowerment for another sort of blessing, the blessing of submission. The distinctive mark of people in God’s kingdom is the ability to put oneself aside in the service of another’s best good - even the good of one’s enemy. Paul describes that kind of love as permeating every relationship, especially the household, to show the world the same love God demonstrated in Christ.
Bible Text: Ephesians 4:17-32 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: Eastertide 2018 Growing in our union with divine love - as revealed in Jesus Christ - is the singular mark of Christian spirituality. But the way we detect and measure that growth is primarily in our relationships with one another. If the world is a theater for God's love, the church is the stage upon which it should be most visible. Mission is the primary expression of Christian spirituality is because loving relationships are the natural result of aligning ourselves with God's love and acting upon it.
Bible Text: Ephesians 3:14-21 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: Eastertide 2018 The engine driving our mission to the world is a very simple spirituality centering around the source (who is the God revealed in Jesus), in whose love is our strength, and from whom we experience continual surprise at the work done through us. The essential conviction of Christian spirituality is that to know his love is to be most fully alive, and what flows from it is nothing less than every good thing.
Bible Text: Ephesians 2:11-22 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: Eastertide 2018 The implications of our security and our salvation in Christ is a vision of solidarity - a new humanity embodying the same love with which God loved the world in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The problem is that the hope of that unity has always been marked by different cultural visions. This was by far the biggest problem confronting Paul in his own day (with Jews and Gentiles) and increasingly the biggest problem confronting us too. Political acrimony and racial tension divide the church as much as the world. In this passage Paul sketches an answer for how the Gospel can bring solidarity with all people through Jesus Christ.
Bible Text: Ephesians 2:1-10 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: The Blessings of Resurrection Paul continues to elaborate on how Jesus rising from the dead cashes out in the real lives of his followers. The security he describes in the first chapter is the result of what he calls “salvation” in the second chapter. All thoughts of a condescending religious requirement conjured by the word melt away as Paul spells out humanity’s universal need for it, the necessary means of it and the incredible results of it.
Bible Text: Ephesians 1:1-23 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: The Blessings of Resurrection Paul lived his life sharing the news of Jesus’ cross and resurrection with his last breath because he firmly believed in its power to restore human beings. This is why he thinks sharing the news is the mission of God’s people. He spells out some of its power to redeem in this letter from prison, the letter to the Ephesians. The first “spiritual blessing” the resurrection offers among the many he will spell out is security. Because Jesus rose from the dead our temporal past and future are eternally fixed in the love of God which cannot die.

Easter

April 1, 2018
Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-20 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: Eastertide 2018 Paul reminds us that the resurrection is the heart of our faith, the hinge upon which meaning in suffering turns and is ultimately the hope of the world. Either Jesus rose from the dead or our faith is a sick joke; but if our faith is a sham, the world at large has a bigger problem, because it means that life itself is a kind of sick joke. But because he had risen, we will rise; and because we will rise, the joke is on death and all the powers of evil in this world.
Palm Sunday is like the catalytic converter of history. As the beginning of Holy Week it begins the process by which the world would be forever changed in the death…
Bible Text: 1 Peter 4:7-11 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: Lent 2018 Apart from some destination to which life is moving, it’s hard to see how our suffering could have any meaning. Peter says that when viewed from the worlds appointed end we have some motive for not only enduring, but thriving as a community of love. Love, not death, is the reality to which all things are headed - and that’s what defines our lives, determines our politics and distributes our resources on this side of the mortal veil.
In the previous section Peter gave instructions to oppressed Christians - naming the government, masters and husbands as their oppressors - and admonished them to endure their suffering without retaliation,…
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Peter reminds the scattered Christians of Asia Minor that we are a new family, that needs new desires and cravings for the Gospel to grow. We are also a weird…
In Peter’s letter scattered to the small Christian communities throughout Asia Minor (modern Turkey), he offered them the most crucial resource for survival needed by those undergoing great suffering –…
The Scriptures are called a light unto our feet, a lamp unto our path; its said that it enlightens the eyes of our hearts. But unlike the light of creation,…

Even though God, in himself, is unknowable and dwells in unapproachable light, he has addressed us in the creation. We are constantly, in every moment of our waking lives, having…
The season of Epiphany is about Jesus Christ as the light of the world.  His life and teaching are not private religion for the needs of a few - it’s…

Flawed Systems

December 31, 2017
The systems we create to find peace, hope, joy, and love are temporary, flawed, and are mere imitations of the real thing. Jesus is our permanent, perfect, and personal savior…

The Love of Advent

December 24, 2017
The promise of God’s love is the single greatest hope of human beings, whether they know it or not. But it is easily missed and misunderstood. Human beings only know…