Partners in the Gospel (Phil. 1:11)

Publié le 11 avril 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon by Pastor Vincent Bourrel

I have been thrilled in recent weeks in front of the 6 nations tournament and the performance of the XV of France. They are a really great team. What makes the strength of this team in addition to the technical qualities is its spirit of commitment to each other in the fight, in the conquest. They share the victory and are united in the defeat, they all participate in the efforts, they all push in the same direction. They enjoy playing together and we enjoy watching it.

By faith in Jesus Christ, God enlists us in his team, we no longer live for ourselves but for the one who died and rose for us. The Gospel gives us forgiveness, abundant and eternal life which is the perfect answer to the need of the human heart, which is why it must be announced to everyone. But the Gospel is also a struggle because it calls us to follow a master who conquered our hearts by stooping down, by dying on a cross. The gospel is contrary to our natural way of thinking. He calls us to “look at others as being above ourselves… instead of considering our own interests, also considering those of others”. This is why the gospel also has enemies (3:18).

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Living in God’s Holy Presence: Finally there! (Lev. 26:11-13, John 2:18-22, Rev. 21:3-4, 21:22-22:5)

Publié le 4 avril 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon by Pastor Samuel Niblack

Today, Easter Sunday, we will finish our series in the book of Leviticus. You might be wondering, but what does this have to do with the resurrection of Jesus? On his way to Emmaus, Jesus explained to his two disciples that in the book of Leviticus, Moses spoke of him, of his death and his resurrection. On Easter Sunday, right after the resurrection, Jesus actually studied the book of Leviticus with his disciples.

The Book of Luke says that the two disciples had the pleasure to see Jesus, but what they could draw from their experience, what really warmed their hearts, was to see that the whole Bible speaks of Jesus (Lk 24:32). Not only are the Christian faith and the resurrection supported by the testimony of the apostles (in the New Testament), but also by the richness, the unity, and the beauty of the whole Bible, which is consistent over centuries of history, and which is made clearer in the light of the resurrection.

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Living in God’s Holy Presence: Celebrate His holiness with feasts (Lev. 23-25)

Publié le 28 mars 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon by Aurelien Duperchy, apprentice pastor

A few weeks ago, I celebrated my birthday and a brother sent me this message: “What’s a Birthday ?: it’s praising God for how far you’ve come and resting assured in him for how far you’ll go! God bless you !”

Today we are going to talk about the theme of celebrating God in feasts and how our life can be a holy celebration to God.

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Living in God’s Holy Presence: To become the saints that we are (Lev. 18-20)

Publié le 20 mars 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon by Damien Jourdain

The Problem

What is the most difficult instruction you have ever been given? Have you ever received an order that seemed impossible to follow? In 2015 I had been working in California for Google for 6 months, and we had a meeting with the two co-founders of Google Larry Page and Sergey Brin, to discuss our delivery drone project.

I had carefully prepared my team’s roadmap for the development of the drone’s autopilot, and I had done my best to be both ambitious but realistic about how long it would take. During the meeting, Larry Page asks how long the development will take, I take a deep breath. I tell him 3 months, explaining all the necessary steps. He looks at me with an incredulous look, and answers « 3 months? But you should be able to get it done by the weekend, right? » How do you react when the co-founder of one of the most influential companies in the world, who has more than 50 billion dollars in his bank account, tells you to do in 3 days what you think you can accomplish in 3 months?

This morning in Leviticus 18 to 20 we will also see a command given not by Larry Page, but by someone much greater, by Yahweh, the perfect creator of the universe. He will also give a command that is probably impossible to follow for Israel, the people he has chosen to reveal himself to the world: be holy, like me. How to react to demands for perfection when, frankly, we are… far from perfect?

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Living in God’s Holy Presence: by ritual purity (Lev. 11-15)

Publié le 14 mars 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon by Pastor Samuel Niblack

God’s plan is to have us dwell in his presence, in his house forever. But like any house, he wants to keep it clean. When you go to someone’s house, you wipe your feet on the mat at the entrance, you take off your shoes. In this time of covid, you get used to practicing a protocol of purity when entering a store or a building: gel, mask, negative Covid test – all so as not to bring dirt or infection into the house.

This morning, Leviticus chapters 11-15, deals with ritualistic purity and impurity laws. These laws would instill this reflex among God’s people, that nothing defiled, dirty or evil can enter his presence.

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