We are in the third week of our series "The Living Presence" where there is a beautiful and gentle work that God is wanting to do at Red, learning how to be in His presence. As we celebrate Pentecost, Sarah speaks about the Holy Trinity and how we cannot understand the presence of God, if we do know who He is.
What if we're working really hard to get what we already have? As we start our new sermon series: The Living Presence, Sarah Deutscher shares as Mark commences his sabbatical, God is also inviting our church to enter into a time of Sabbath rest. She speaks of how there's so much that He wants to do for you... for us. Over the next few weeks, we'll be looking at how to encounter the Presence of God; to experience stillness, peace and rest in Him despite the cultural climate we live in.
It's Mark's last Sunday before he starts his sabbatical. In his sermon, he reflects on the journey of Red, moving from fragility to stability. As we enter into a new season of growth, Mark gives us a diagnosis of how cultural Christianity inhibits growth in our walk with Jesus. He encourages us to no longer tolerate mediocre faith, to start contending for more of God and more of His Spirit.
At our AM Service, Bjorn Irani speaks from Matthew 28:18- 20 and what Discipleship means for Red in following Jesus. Bjorn encourages us to become more like Christ through the practices of discipleship as it is the heart of our vision as a church and a pursuit to be more like Him.
As part of Red's vision statement, Discipleship is living with and following Jesus as He shows us how to live the best life. This week at our PM Service, Brittany White invites us to reimagine and step into what God speaks over our generation.
After celebrating Easter and in the lead-up to Pentecost, Mark speaks about how we as Christians can find ourselves in a tension between obedience and worship, as well as confusion, lack of clarity and doubts. He encourages us to no longer tolerate mediocre faith, but to let our dismay, doubts, and dissatisfaction create a Holy discontent - a desire for more of God because He wants to give us more of Him.
Good Friday reminds us of Jesus on the Cross, His vulnerability of rawness begins to expose who we really are and what we did to Him. Despite this, we are not met with judgment and wrath, Jesus takes all of the this on Himself. He died on the cross in The Way Through the Wild which reveals that God loves us. It's an undeserving love but God still embraces us looking the shortfall of humanity square in the eye.