Sermons by Richard Kidger (Page 18)

NEW: Walk

Many people think that if they can only change their circumstances, life will be better. So they work hard on getting a different job or finding a new place to live – maybe even changing their circle of friends. But soon enough, old patterns start up again. And you crave more change or maybe get depressed. Starting new is possible. Challenging yourself to change what has been holding you back from a satisfying life is a good pursuit. But real change that lasts starts on the inside first. And it’s never too late for new beginnings.

NEW: Hope

“I sure hope so.” How many times have you heard or expressed this sentiment, when someone asks: Do you think you’ll get the job? Will you pass the exam? Will you get a good report from the doctor? Do you think she’ll forgive you? Will he ever change? Can you pay the wedding bills? “I sure hope so.” It actually doesn’t sound hopeful at all. Can hope be more sure? Can we expect a more positive outcome? God thinks so. His kind of “hope” is filled with promise and good expectations. With God, the impossible becomes possible.

NEW: Identity

Who do you think you are? Clear to some. Elusive to many. The answer is critical. Because the answer is all about our identity. We all have one. It may be real, fake or expired, but we all carry one around with us. It is the driving force behind our thoughts, emotions and behaviour. Change an identity, you change a life. This is what we’ll be looking at this week as we kick off a 7-week journey through the book of Ephesians. A book all about making things NEW.

Loved. Called. Sent – CALLED

When did you know you were meant to pursue a particular field of study? What career choice felt as though you were doing what you were born to do? Has anyone ever told you that you had a gift in an area of the arts, such as music, singing or dance? Maybe after trying different volunteer roles, you landed on one that gave you the most satisfaction. There is something in each one of us that seeks purpose and meaning in the world around us and in how we contribute to it. What if you are still trying to find out what’s your ‘sweet spot’? Finding one’s life purpose or calling is so rewarding yet remains elusive to many. Join us this Sunday as we look into what it means to know we are CALLED – by God.

Loved

Loved. Called. Sent. – LOVED

When did you know you were meant to pursue a particular field of study? What career choice felt as though you were doing what you were born to do? Has anyone ever told you that you had a gift in an area of the arts, such as music, singing or dance? Maybe after trying different volunteer roles, you landed on one that gave you the most satisfaction. There is something in each one of us that seeks purpose and meaning in the world around us and in how we contribute to it. What if you are still trying to find out what’s your ‘sweet spot’? Finding one’s life purpose or calling is so rewarding yet remains elusive to many.

Love Came Down: Participation

No one wants to be left out. Think about it – from a small child watching his mother baking cookies and wanting to get in there and help, to joining a sports team, to being involved in a big project in the corporate world, we all have a human desire to participate. This week we will look at how the story of Christmas is not only the story of what Jesus came to do, but how we get to be a part of it, too.