In Ryker Autajay's first sermon at the Red Bluff Vineyard, he shared how he wrestled with the tension found between being "charismatic" and "contemplative," coming to understand that the paradox is that both are spaces for the Holy Spirit! Building on Paul's teaching in 1 Thessalonians 5, Ryker gave us four practical ways to keep this tension!
A tension that exists in many churches is between being inward focused and outward focused. It seems rather challenging to be both/and when it comes to leaning into the mission of God and taking care of ourselves and each other. Often times we do one over the other. In this sermon, pastor Luke discusses the importance of being both inward focused and taking soul care seriously while caring for other followers of Jesus and being concerned with outreach and sharing Jesus with the world around us.
What exactly is our part in salvation? Do we contribute in some specific way or is it all provided for us through Jesus? How are we supposed to respond to God's work? In this sermon, pastor Luke explored the paradox that exists between God granting us salvation and our need to "work it out."
Following Jesus can lead to a lot of tensions, but it would seem this is largely due to the paradoxical nature of the kingdom! In this sermon, pastor Luke considered the paradoxical sayings of Jesus as encouragement toward embracing the things of the kingdom!