Sermons by “Josias Hansen”

Time Reorientation

We often find ourselves believing that we just don’t have time to connect with God. We think we’re just too busy to experience God’s transforming power in our lives. Josias interviews two Franciscan Brothers of Peace to learn how their daily orientation around prayer has affected their experience of spiritual transformation. This sort of daily orientation around connecting with God will further be developed as we explore a very accessible, collective rhythm of prayer during our Lent series.

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Costly Incarnation

The incarnation required Christ to pay an immense cost by leaving his heavenly position and emptying himself of limitless power in exchange for mortal flesh, earthly limitations, and the human experience of pain and loss. He came not as kings typically come with pomp and power, but instead, as a vulnerable baby, in the most humble of circumstances. Paul uses this image in the Christ Hymn found in Philippians 2 not just to praises this act, but also to encourage Christ followers to walk in the loving way of Jesus, emptying ourselves for the sake of others.

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Joseph

Joseph had many opportunities to take the easy road before and after he said yes to participating in Christ’s story. He risked his reputation, his career, and even his very life on his journey of humble obedience to God, but in the end, he knew it was worth it. When Christ invites us into his story, its not always easy; its actually quite costly, but its always worth it! Just like Joseph, we too are invited into Christ’s story, and when the journey gets tough, we know that no matter the cost, its always worth it.

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Covenant Life – Josias Hansen

Faith, just like life, was never meant to be experienced alone. We need one another for encouragement and accountability. Yet, for many Christians today, personal encouragement and accountability is easily lost. Within the Kingdom, we are brought into a covenant family where we invite one another to lovingly challenge and encourage us to remain faithful to our covenant and to Jesus’ kingdom way of life.

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Sharing and Stewardship – Josias Hansen

As kingdom people, we are not to see our time and resources as our own to be spent on anything we please. Instead, we believe everything belongs to God, and we are called to be faithful stewards of everything at our disposal. Therefore, instead of using our time and resources to build our own individual kingdoms, God calls us to seek the benefit of God’s kingdom first, trusting that our own needs will also be met in the process.

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Fiery Furnace – Josias Hansen

The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego has inspired countless martyrs to remain faithful to their convictions in the face of horrific persecution. Yet, the faithfulness of God must be seen as the central focus in this story. We can remain faithful, because we know that God will remain faithful to us through it all.

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Now What? Pentecost – Josias Hansen

Since the Spirit was poured out on the church at Pentecost, it is known as the birthday of the church. On this Pentecost birthday, Josias and others share personal stories of the Spirit at work in their lives.

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Now What? Share – Josias Hansen

After Jesus’ ascension, the earliest Christians carried on Jesus’ mission through mutual care, communal spirituality, and intentional sharing of their lives and resources.

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Father, Forgive Them – Josias Hansen

Josias expounds on Jesus’ powerful prayer from the cross for God to forgive those who abandoned, shamed, and tortured him. Within this short prayer, we can see the heart of God as being other-oriented, self-sacrificial, and enemy-loving. Furthermore, we discover that one of the most important dimensions of the atonement is that Jesus took on our sin and freed us from the kingdom of darkness which enslaves us to sin.

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Parables and Soils – Josias Hansen

Josias explains why Jesus spoke in parables and examines the Parable of the Soils to show that Jesus doesn’t just want us to hear his messages, but to let them take root in us and bear fruit in our lives.

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