Guest speaker Louise Bartlett (Baptist Association Coordinator of Families and Children's Ministries) shares the joys and challenges of living and serving in an intergenerational community. Despite our tendencies to cordon off ages and life stages into ministry groups, Louise reminds us that God's Kingdom is for all, and there is so much to be gained through the messiness and beauty of coming together as one.
In this sermon Ainsley reminds to wait patiently, watch expectantly, and to wonder readily at the outworking of the Kingdom in our midst. The Kingdom is like yeast, working its priorities throughout our whole lives, and the world itself. The Kingdom is like a mustard seed sown deep into the world's soil: hardy, pervasive, and eternally enduring.
Looking at the watershed parable of the gospels, Ainsley discusses the Parable of the Sower and its ramifications for those of us who wish to have hearts and communities full of good soil. In this sermon, we encounter God as the sower, Jesus as the seed, and the different soils that receive the Word. The Word--that is Jesus--is sown everywhere in abundance, and will do good work, if only we are willing lay down our priorities and anxieties and get out of the way.
This sermon is out of order, but is a rerecording of the second sermon in Jed's series on goodness. In this sermon we turn from our own goodness as children of light, to the goodness of God. If the quality of goodness we looked at in the sermon on our goodness was an outcome of the gracious perspective of God on his children, this sermon is about God’s goodness as the hope for our world.
This is the first sermon in our series on "The Parables of the Kingdom." In this introductory sermon, Jed discusses how this series is not about having the final say on what the parables mean, but instead thinking about the truths that they point towards—or indeed, the person that they direct us to follow. Our hope in immersing ourselves in these parables is ultimately to learn to live and love like Christ, and to see how each of our lives might reflect the radical and generous hope of the Kingdom.
What does it mean to live in a way "against which there is no law" (Gal 5:23)? Jed unpacks the idea of our goodness, and speaks about the good lives that we have been freed to live.