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Sermons from Gardendale Church of the Nazarene in Gardendale, Alabama.

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Sermons from Gardendale Church of the Nazarene in Gardendale, Alabama.

    Faith as a Way of Life (Habakkuk 1:1-7, 2:1-4)

    Faith as a Way of Life (Habakkuk 1:1-7, 2:1-4)

    Sermon Passages and Notes:

    Faith as a Way of Life

    Habakkuk 1:1-7, 2:1-4



    Habakkuk 1:1-7

    1 The pronouncement that the prophet Habakkuk saw.

    2 How long, Lord, must I call for help

    and you do not listen

    or cry out to you about violence

    and you do not save?

    3 Why do you force me to look at injustice?

    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?

    Oppression and violence are right in front of me.

    Strife (lawsuits/court judgement) is ongoing, and conflict escalates.

    4 This is why the law is ineffective

    and justice (mishpat) never emerges.

    For the wicked restrict the righteous;

    therefore, justice (mishpat) comes out perverted.

    5 Look at the nations and observe—

    be utterly astounded!

    For I am doing something in your days

    that you will not believe

    when you hear about it.

    6 Look! I am raising up the Chaldeans,

    that bitter, impetuous nation

    that marches across the earth’s open spaces

    to seize territories not its own.

    7 They are fierce and terrifying;

    their views of justice and sovereignty

    stem from themselves.



    "Why do you force me to look at injustice?

    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?"

    The way the world currently is– is not the way God wants the world to be.



    Habakkuk 2:1-4

    2:1 I will stand at my guard post

    and station myself on the lookout tower.

    I will watch to see what he will say to me

    and what I should reply about my complaint.

    God’s Second Answer

    2 The Lord answered me:

    Write down this vision;

    clearly inscribe it on tablets

    so one may easily read it.

    3 For the vision is yet for the appointed time;

    it testifies about the end and will not lie.

    Though it delays, wait for it,

    since it will certainly come and not be late.

    4 Look, his ego is inflated;

    he is without integrity.

    But the righteous one will live by his faith.



    Habakkuk 2:2 (CEB)

    2 Then the Lord answered me and said,

    Write a vision, and make it plain upon a tablet so that a runner can read it.



    Habakkuk 2:3

    3 For the vision is yet for the appointed time;

    it testifies about the end and will not lie.

    Though it delays, wait for it,

    since it will certainly come and not be late.



    What would you write on your sign?



    Maimonides

    Ani Ma'amin- I believe

    Thirteen Statements of Faith



    12. I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah and though He may tarry, still I await Him every day.


    How do we insist upon hope in the face of this immediate violence and fear?
    In a world filled with injustice, violence, and impossibility, there is hope for the coming of the Messiah.
    The proclamation of the possibility for a new way of life when it seems the most impossible– that is what Habakkuk and Advent is after.
    What would you write on your sign?

    • 27 min
    Swords into Plowshares (Isaiah 2:1-4)

    Swords into Plowshares (Isaiah 2:1-4)

    Sermon Passages and Notes:

    Swords into Plowshares- Isaiah 2:1-4

    Isaiah 1:1- The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns[a] of Kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah of Judah.

    Isaiah 2:1-4

    1 The vision that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:

    2 In the last days

    the mountain of the Lord’s house will be established

    at the top of the mountains

    and will be raised above the hills.

    All nations will stream to it,

    3 and many peoples will come and say,

    “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of the Lord,

    to the house of the God of Jacob.

    He will teach us about his ways

    so that we may walk in his paths.”

    For instruction will go out of Zion

    and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

    4 He will settle disputes among the nations

    and provide arbitration for many peoples.

    They will beat their swords into plows

    and their spears into pruning knives.

    Nation will not take up the sword against nation,

    and they will never again train for war.

    Prophets struggle with verb tenses.

    "It was all happening inside of Mary, and she was so sure of it that she was singing about it ahead of time--not in the future tense but in the past, as if the promise had already come true. Prophets almost never get their verb tenses straight, because part of their gift is being able to see the world as God sees it--not divided into things that are already over and things that have not happened yet, but as an eternally unfolding mystery that surprises everyone..."

    –Barbara Brown Taylor (Singing Ahead of Time)

    Luke 1:46-55

    Luke 2:29-30

    • Prophets struggle with verb tenses.

    • Prophets desire to live-out life according to God's will for the world– in the present.

    Isaiah 2:1-4

    Are we willing to imagine a world where this is true?

    2022 US Defense Budget: $1,640,000,000,000


    Take listening to the Spirit seriously.
    Tell our story faithfully. Open up yourself to the life of the story. We must learn to articulate a Christianity that is strange.
    “Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future; faith is having the courage to dance to it today."

    “Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future; faith is having the courage to dance to it today." -- Peter Kuzmic

    • 39 min
    Act, Love, Walk (Micah 6:1-8)

    Act, Love, Walk (Micah 6:1-8)

    Sermon Passages and Notes:

    Act, Love, Walk

    Micah 6:1-8

    Micah in Outline:

    1:2- Addressed to all the people of the earth

    3:1- Addressed to the leaders of Israel

    6:1- Addressed to God's people

    Psalm 15:1-2

    Psalm 24:1-6



    Structure of Micah 6:1-8

    vss 1-2- Acolyte

    vss 3-5- YHWH

    vss 6-7- Worshipper

    vs 8- Acolyte



    Micah 6:1-7

    1 Now listen to what the Lord is saying:

    Rise, plead your case before the mountains,

    and let the hills hear your complaint.

    2 Listen to the Lord’s lawsuit,

    you mountains and enduring foundations of the earth,

    because the Lord has a case against his people,

    and he will argue it against Israel.

    3 My people, what have I done to you,

    or how have I wearied you?

    Testify against me!

    4 Indeed, I brought you up from the land of Egypt

    and redeemed you from that place of slavery.

    I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam ahead of you.

    5 My people,

    remember what King Balak of Moab proposed,

    what Balaam son of Beor answered him,

    and what happened from the Acacia Grove to Gilgal

    so that you may acknowledge

    the Lord’s righteous acts.

    6 What should I bring before the Lord

    when I come to bow before God on high?

    Should I come before him with burnt offerings,

    with year-old calves?

    7 Would the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams

    or with ten thousand streams of oil?

    Should I give my firstborn for my transgression,

    the offspring of my body for my own sin?



    What would please the Lord?

    • Burnt offerings with year-old calves

    • Thousands of rams

    • Ten thousand streams of oil

    • My first-born



    What would please the Lord?



    What God wants is evidenced by three things:

    • to act

    • to love

    • to walk

    To act justly (mispat)

    • Justice is what love looks like in public.

    • Justice is setting up life following God's will for the world.



    To love faithfulness (hesed)

    mispat vs. hesed

    mispat- concrete requirements of decency to other people

    hesed- hesed is what is not required- being generous with acts of kindness, assuming the best, going out of your way to find ways to help the people you interact with, a movement towards other people, love of the fidelity of the relationship



    To walk humbly

    Matthew 4:19 “Follow me,” he told them, “and I will make you fish for people.”

    Matthew 9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, “Follow me,” and he got up and followed him.

    Psalm 23:3-4

    3 He renews my life;

    he leads me along the right paths

    for his name’s sake.

    4 Even when I go through the darkest valley,

    I fear no danger,

    for you are with me;

    your rod and your staff—they comfort me.

    • 39 min
    11-06-2022 Wholehearted (Mark 12:41-44) with special guest, Dr. Michael Pasquarello

    11-06-2022 Wholehearted (Mark 12:41-44) with special guest, Dr. Michael Pasquarello

    We are joined today by Dr. Michael Pasquarello.  Dr. Pasquarello is the Methodist Chair at Beeson Divinity School.  

    Sermon Passages and Notes:

    Wholehearted- Mark 12:41-44

    41 And he sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the multitude putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came, and put in two copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him, and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.”

    • 23 min
    10-30-2022 Solomon's Wisdom (1 Kings 3:4-28)

    10-30-2022 Solomon's Wisdom (1 Kings 3:4-28)

    Solomon's Wisdom (1 Kings 3:4-28)

    2 Samuel 12:10 Now therefore, the sword will never leave your house because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hethite to be your own wife.’

    1 Kings 3:4-15

    "Ask. What should I give you?"

    "...a receptive heart to judge your people and to discern between good and evil."

    Proverbs 1:20-22

    20 Wisdom calls out in the street;

    she makes her voice heard in the public squares.

    21 She cries out above the commotion;

    she speaks at the entrance of the city gates:

    22 “How long, inexperienced ones, will you love ignorance?

    How long will you mockers enjoy mocking

    and you fools hate knowledge?



    The simple- someone who doesn't know what they don't know, lacks experience

    Mockers/Scoffers- someone who knows, doesn't care, and will ridicule you for trying to correct them



    Proverbs 9:6-9

    6 Leave inexperience behind, and you will live;

    pursue the way of understanding.

    7 The one who corrects a mocker

    will bring abuse on himself;

    the one who rebukes the wicked will get hurt.

    8 Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you;

    rebuke the wise, and he will love you.

    9 Instruct the wise, and he will be wiser still;

    teach the righteous, and he will learn more.



    Fool- someone who knows and doesn't care

    Wisdom- the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement

    "The owl of Minerva begins its flight only with the onset of dusk." –Hegel

    "Wisdom begins its flight only with the onset of dusk."



    1 Kings 3:9 So give your servant a receptive heart to judge your people and to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of yours?”



    Discernment is peering around the corner when it is getting dark.



    1 Kings 3:5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask. What should I give you?”

    "Ask. What should I give you?"



    "What should I give you?"


    It is about gift, about what has been accomplished and what God is doing.
    We are to receive what God has given and use it in the service of others.
    It all comes back to God's loving kindness (hesed).
    As God's people, there is a need to constantly resubmit to the answer to this question–"What should I give you?"

    • 36 min
    10-23-2022- "Create in me a clean heart..." (2 Samuel 11:1-5, 26-27; 12:1-9)

    10-23-2022- "Create in me a clean heart..." (2 Samuel 11:1-5, 26-27; 12:1-9)

    "Create in me a clean heart..."

    2 Samuel 11:1-5, 26-27; 12:1-9; Psalm 51:1-9



    The first purpose of the Law is life.  Abiding by the Law allows for a flourishing of life.   



    Exodus 20:2

    Exodus 20:17

    2 Samuel 7:8-11

    2 Samuel 11:1-5

    2 Samuel 11:4 ESV

    2 Samuel 11:5 ESV

    2 Samuel 11:15-17

    2 Samuel 11:26-27

    2 Samuel 12:1-9



    1 Samuel 8:10-11

    2 Samuel 11:4 ESV

    2 Samuel 12:4



    The first purpose of the Law is life.  Abiding by the Law allows for a flourishing of life.   

    The flourishing of life is a gift.

    The second purpose of the Law, as Nathan uses it, is to convict of sin.  

    The conviction of sin is also part of the flourishing of life and it, too, is a gift.  

    How is the conviction of sin a gift?  



    Jeremiah 26:1-6

    Jeremiah 26:12-15



    The conviction of sin is also part of the flourishing of life and it, too, is a gift.  

    • 33 min

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