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Each week we are challenged and encouraged to think through our faith in Christ and what it means to follow him each day.

MustardSeed Talks 2019 David Gore

    • Christianity

Each week we are challenged and encouraged to think through our faith in Christ and what it means to follow him each day.

    Resurrection (David Gore • Luke 20:27-38)

    Resurrection (David Gore • Luke 20:27-38)

    Resurrection is something that stretches the credulity of most people. There is so little evidence in our world today to support the possibility of resurrection. Yet, resurrection is right at the heart of Christian faith.

    Perhaps there is more evidence for resurrection than we might have first considered. Not simply evidence regarding the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection - which might be considered unique. But closer indicators in our everyday experience of life that point squarely at the essential nature of the hope of resurrection.

    Resurrection is inherently imprecise... precisely because we have no experience of the fullness of what it will yet mean. If we look carefully, we can see its contours shaping the last 2000 years of world history.

    If we look even more closely, we might be able to discern the hope of resurrection shaping our own lives.

    • 18 min
    Zaccheus (David Gore • Luke 19:1-10)

    Zaccheus (David Gore • Luke 19:1-10)

    The story of Jesus’ encounter with Zaccheus is not just a great redemption tale. It also highlights the deeply problematic nature of a grace as profound as the grace Jesus offers.

    This grace is problematic precisely because it effectively dissolves the barriers we all use to separate ourselves from ’them’ (whoever our particular ‘them’ might be).

    Jesus’ acceptance of those who are the least acceptable, challenges our natural reflex of ‘othering’ - the process we instinctually use that makes us feel safer and more acceptable.

    If we are all equally as un/acceptable as each other, what is the basis on which we decide who is in and who is out? How can we work out how to treat people if we no longer have the categories of ’my people’ and ‘not my people’?

    How has Jesus’ grace changed the way you are with others?

    • 18 min
    The Pharisee and The Tax Collector (David Gore • Luke 18:9-14)

    The Pharisee and The Tax Collector (David Gore • Luke 18:9-14)

    It is difficult to compare a Pharisee with a tax collector in any unbiased manner. They are both characters who are loaded with meaning in their context. One is the very representation of righteousness and the other the ikon of sin and betrayal.

    However, Jesus (as is his custom) has this capacity to reinterpret these two figures in a very different manner. Rather than simply reinforcing the predominant stereotypes, Jesus goes right to the heart of the matter.

    It is not how the community views a person that determines how God views them. It is the honesty with which a person sees themselves that opens the way for a good relationship with God.

    How honest with yourself are you when you stand before God?

    • 14 min
    Two certainties and a question (David Gore • Luke 18:1-8)

    Two certainties and a question (David Gore • Luke 18:1-8)

    What do you hope for?
    How deep does your hope go?
    What actions are you taking toward the realisation of your hope?
    Are there actions that flow from you almost beyond your own deliberations because your hope is so strong?

    Can you imagine the power of a hope that overcomes the lulling pull of simply giving up in the face of frustration and disappointment?
    A hope so strong within you, that you cannot help but keep giving yourself to that hope until it finds a way through to fulfilment.

    This is the power of kingdom hope.
    It is not about getting what we want. It is about giving ourselves to the much larger purpose and finding ourselves in the kingdom.

    • 15 min
    Saving Sinners (David Gore • 1 Timothy 1:12-17)

    Saving Sinners (David Gore • 1 Timothy 1:12-17)

    In a day of fragile self-esteem and uncertain identity, we have become loath to speak of people using the category of sin.

    Paul shows no hesitation in that regard - least of all in reference to himself! He claims top spot among sinners.

    Paul does so to make clear that there is no one beyond the reach of the grace of God. If even he, the chief of sinners, can become the recipient of this life-altering divine love, then there is no one who can possibly be outside God’s reach.

    In the perfect patience of God’s eternal view, the end game is the inclusion of every last person who is willing to join in the life of the kingdom of God.

    • 19 min
    Let go to take hold (David Gore • Luke 14:25-33)

    Let go to take hold (David Gore • Luke 14:25-33)

    Most of the choices we make in life are not binary. Life is full of nuance and alternate options.

    Yet, there are key moments when the choice before us represents a choice between self-interest or self-giving. We can stay with the established supports and comforts that we have grown accustomed to. Or we can follow the way of Christ - that continually calls us beyond these bounds.

    This is a crucially important decision. A decision that sets the course of a person’s life. It is not one that should be made half heartedly or with inadequate consideration. Neither is it a decision that should be avoided simply because it seems too hard to make.

    In life, something will have a primary hold on us. We can find our security in the default ways of our world. Or we can decide there is more life to found in following the way of Jesus and being held in the security of God’s way of self-giving love.

    What are you choosing?

    • 15 min

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