How To Respond to Problems In A Church – sermon by Roy King

DrRoyKing_6I am sure the churches you are part of never face conflicts, divisions, or confusion. Well, the ones I have been a part of sure have some of these challenges.

I believe Jesus is not surprised when the church he is building encounters and creates problems. I also believe the Spirit placed some hope for how to move through these problems.

Here is a sermon where I attempt to look at First Corinthians as a guide given by Paul, the church planter, to a church now four years old and struggling with painful divisions and struggles.

There is HOPE. But like going to a doctor when we are in pain the path of healing requires getting beyond the symptoms to the root cause and then addressing this source.

I WOULD WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS

 

Habits of Healthy Heart – A New Lifestyle

This summer I started putting together messages to capture the lessons God has been teaching me over the past year. Click below to download a note taking outline for the three messages. The audio from the chapel talks at Columbia International University http://www.ciu.edu are also provided here. Please give me your feedback as I continue to refine and add other messages to this series.

Click Here for Note Taking Outline for the Three Messages

Message 1 – A lifestyle of Turning To

Message 2 – A lifestyle of Rejoicing & Thanking

Message 3 – A lifestyle of Honoring & Giving

Mary & Joseph Conversations with an Angel – Message Preparing for Christmas

Have you ever submitted your plan to God and then have him hand it back with red ink all over and a request to drop your plan and go with his?

Have you ever known something to be so true (2+2=4 kind of true) only to have God say, “Not this time! I am doing something that doesn’t add up?”

Let us see what we can learn about our expectations and our assumptions from the Christmas story in Luke 2.

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God’s Gifts To Help Us Grow!

RoyAllBlacksTShirtMay2010-e1282387057463God provides gifts that help us grow up in our Christian life. Below you will find a link to the audio of a message given at Raleigh Street Christian Centre in Cambridge, NZ.

This message overviews four gifts God has provided to clarify and then assist us in our spiritual journey. There is a handout that can be downloaded that provides a small group leader with questions to use for four lessons based on the message.

The Gifts Are:
1. The Gift of Questions
2. The Gift of Others to Make the Journey With Us
3. The Gift of Illuminating Truth in our Hearts
4. The Gift of Giving What He Has Given To Us

God’s Gifts for Growth – Sunday Sermon at Raleigh Street Christian Centre, Cambridge – New Zealand

LISTEN & DOWNLOAD SMALL GROUP LESSONS

I welcome your comments and questions!

 

Today’s Leaders Must Be Explorers!

Leonard Sweet and others have the perspective that today’s leaders must approach their leadership as a journey without a map. Why is there no map? Because no one has been there yet. It is “new world exploration”. To be leaders who know how to use a compass of unchanging, reliable principles to navigate by instead of following a predefined path is a very different approach to making directional decisions.

Explorers have a unshakable commitment to completing the mission… Go for it or die!
Explorers have a vague sense of what the destination will be like... “Your kingdom come!”
Explorers know they must be willing to take risks and tap into all of the creative capacity that they or others on the team possess…”We may have to back up when we hit dead end canyon walls, but we will keep moving forward!”

One my courses in the seminary seeks to train pastors and missionaries to live as EXPLORERS. I often begin the day of the one week intensives with a devotion that frames our theme for the day.

You can download them as MP3 files or listen to them here:

Audio 1:

First Day of Class: An overview of some of the critical disciplines being an EXPLORER requires.

Listen to the audio here:
Become an Explorer

Audio 2:

In Romans 15 Paul gives us a glimpse of how he viewed his life — He was linked to the redemptive flow of God’s activity that started in Abraham and flowed through the Old Testament to the stream that was carrying him forward as a Christ follower. He also knew how to give gifts to God that he knew God would enjoy unwrapping.

Listen to the audio here:
Romans 15 – Paul’s Perspective and Gifts

Audio 3:

Explorers do not back down from sacrificial giving and they do not let even the ones with the least resources off the hook. There is no room on the trail for passive consumers. Hear the story of two widows

Listen to the audio here:
Two Widows and Giving

Audio 4:

Change produces conflict because it surfaces differences in beliefs, values and assumptions. Galatians addresses 3 groups in the church that face a choice. They must choose GRACE GOSPEL or ANOTHER GOSPEL. They must choose FREEDOM AS SONS or SLAVERY OF TRADITIONALISTS. They must choose investing their FREEDOM TO LOVE or the BONDAGE OF LICENSE. Churches processing changes will also face these teachable moments. Hear the full overview of Galatians applied to CHANGE PROCESSING.

Listen to the audio here:
Galatians Grid for Change