Christ Church Jerusalem

Christ Church Jerusalem

Sermons, lectures and teachings from Christ Church Jerusalem, founded 1849 as a center of prayer for all nations with worship reflecting the Jewish context of the gospel.

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28 November 2021 - First Sunday of Advent - During this first week of Advent, the beginning of the Church's liturgical year, Rev. Aaron Eime turns our focus towards the return of the Messiah. The coming of the Lord brings both redemption and judgment, a time when everything hidden in darkness will be revealed by the light of God. Jesus and the prophets depict a world in chaos at the end of time, and the Day of Lord can look terrifying for some but be an obsession for others. Jesus admonishes us to not be burdened by fear nor weighted down by the anxieties of the world. Instead, we are encouraged to have a posture of hope and confidence. Our response to the return of Jesus is to be vigilant and on guard against the temptations of life. Readings: Zechariah 14:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Nov 29

39 min 58 sec

Why is the sin offering eating by the worshiper? Why is the fire on the altar to be ever burning? What should we wear when we stand before God? Listen in as the group considers these questions. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/leviticus-and-god-called/ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Nov 24

1 hr 16 min

21 November 2021 - Feast of Christ the King - Who is God? Do we really know him? Can we really trust him? Deacon Rosemary Saunders encourages us to ask God the tough questions, the questions that cause us to grope for God. The eternal King will answer, perhaps not in a way we want, but in a way to reminds us that he is for us and not against us. Readings: Daniel 7:1-9; Psalm 93; Revelation 1:4-8; John 18:33-38 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Nov 23

34 min 26 sec

What should we give back when we have stolen or broken something that does not belong to us? We look at the instructions in Leviticus and compare them to Exodus and the New Testament. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/leviticus-and-god-called/ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Nov 17

1 hr 19 min

14 November 2021 - 25th Sunday After Pentecost - Hannah, wife of Elkanah, had no children. She faced the pressures of her culture's expectations by going before the Lord. She was real before the Lord, and he was faithful! Deacon Dana Mix encourages us to follow Hannah's example, go before the Lord in prayer, be real and rejoice in who God is. Readings: 1 Samuel 1:4-20, 2:1-10; Hebrews 10:11-25; Mark 13:1-8 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Nov 15

28 min 20 sec

Discussion about guilt offerings brings up questions of how atonement works. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/leviticus-and-god-called/ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Nov 10

1 hr 26 min

7 November 2021 - 24th Sunday After Pentecost - Deacon Neville Jones look at the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath in the Old Testament, and, in the New Testament, the story of the widow who put just two small coins into the temple treasury. Jesus uses both these women to teach his disciples some unexpected and important truths about the character of God. Their circumstances were very different, but they both showed that God is faithful like no other. Psalm 146 picks up this theme to show that we too can trust him in any and all situations. Readings: 1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Nov 8

36 min 55 sec

31 October 2021 - All Saints Day - Upon the celebration of All Saints Day, we consider why it is essential for us to honor and keep before us the millions of followers of Jesus who have given their lives in rejecting idolatry and remained loyal witnesses of Jesus the Messiah. Surely we should live in such a way that honors their sacrifice. Readings: Revelation 7:1–17; Psalm 145:3-13; Luke 6:20–31 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Nov 1

48 min 20 sec

In Leviticus 5, the first verse about not speaking up about a public charge sparks a discussion that ranges from social-media-related voyeurism and how Leviticus 5:1 comes into play at Jesus' trial recorded in the Gospels. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/leviticus-and-god-called/ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Oct 27

1 hr 26 min

24 October 2021 - 22nd Sunday after Pentecost - Bartimaeus is unique in the the Gospel of Mark. Ironically, although blind, he is one of the few who sees who Jesus claims to be. What can we, as modern disciples, learn from him? His faith is a bold faith, desperate to receive from Jesus. Unlike the rich young ruler, nothing, not even his cloak hinders him from following Jesus. Readings: Hebrews 11:1-6; Psalm 34; Mark 10:46-52 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Oct 26

39 min 24 sec

17 October 2021 - 21st Sunday after Pentecost - Asking questions and seeking answers from God is not disrespectful nor inherently a wrong thing if done with the right intention. God is not unaware of our personal situations, and he knows us intimately. He is present during our dark times, and he hears our cries and questions about suffering and evil. It's from the storm and the chaos of the world that God’s voice can still be heard. When everything seems out of control, the reality is that God is actually in total control. God has shared our weakness in the person of Jesus, who is now elevated to be our eternal high priest. Jesus continues to speak to the people of God, so let us hear again the Good News when we need it the most. Readings: Job 38:1-7, 34-41; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Oct 18

33 min 43 sec

Finishing Leviticus 4, the discussion about intentional and unintentional sins continues. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/leviticus-and-god-called/ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Oct 13

1 hr 10 min

10 October 2021 - 20th Sunday after Pentecost - The lie of the Devil is that we can have the good life without God. Jesus exposed this lie by his faithful obedience. Rev. David Pileggi tells us that we also expose Satan's lie when we live like Jesus. Jesus called us to give to the poor and needy. When we do, we not only combat the Devil but we proclaim the merciful, generous character of God. We also invest in our eternal future. Jesus called the Rich Young Ruler to radically trust God with his wealth, but he was unwilling. Are we ready to trust God with our money? Readings: Amos 5:6-7,10-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Oct 11

42 min 33 sec

Moses introduces the first sacrifice for sin; these sins are unintentional or committed in ignorance. This chapter details mandatory atonement for unintentional sins, confession of sins, forgiveness of sins, and cleansing from defilement. The chapter details four types of people who bring a sacrifice for sin: the priest, elders of the community, those in leadership positions, and the common people. We note again that these sins are unintentional and the later prophets of Israel argue against turning this ritual around to mean intentional sins and thus think they can fool the Lord by sinning, sacrificing, and getting away with it. The sin is against any of the commandments of the Lord, no matter the size of sin nor commandment broken. This is very similar to James 2:10 where it says, if you stumble on one point of the Law you break all of it. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/leviticus-and-god-called/ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Oct 6

1 hr 27 min

3 Oct 2021 - 19th Sunday after Pentecost - In the beginning God created couples: Heaven and Earth, Light and Darkness, Male and Female. Each of these couples is in a relationship and it is difficult to understand one without the other. Marriage is also a relationship, but not all relationships are a marriage. We are all in relationships of one sort or another. We are in relationships with each other and with the Living God. All relationships need work and broken ones even more so. God never gives up on a broken relationship; He loves us too much. All things can be redeemed and that includes broken relationships. Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Oct 4

31 min 31 sec

In Leviticus 3, the peace offering. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/leviticus-and-god-called/ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Sep 29

1 hr 3 min

26 Sept 2021 - 18th Sunday after Pentecost - Sukkot - As we celebrate the Feast of Michael and All the Angels, we reconsider the fundamental nature of the spiritual conflict that believers face. The devil is first and foremost a deceiver and has convinced many in our generation that God is nothing more than a pious myth and that the message of Jesus is irrelevant. By holding to the "testimony of Jesus", we expose such lies not only by our words but also through committed discipleship that emphasizes keeping God’s commandments, loving our enemies, and supporting others in the community of faith. Readings: Revelation 12:7-17; Romans 9-21; Mark 38-50 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app. Icon by Daniel Mitsui.

Sep 27

52 min 25 sec

Leviticus 2 talks about a bloodless grain offering given as an option for the poor. Only this offering has a portion called "most holy." The LORD makes a way for all -- rich or poor -- to have relationship with him, and God highly values the poor among us. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/leviticus-and-god-called/ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Sep 22

1 hr 19 min

19 Sept 2021 - 17th Sunday after Pentecost - Sukkot - In Leviticus 23, God commanded the people of Israel to live in booths for one week every year in order that they may “know” that I brought them out of Egypt. How does enacting a ritual lead to the knowledge of the Lord? Rev. David Pileggi tell us that, among other important lessons, Sukkot teaches us the importance of making sure that our rituals are based on truth. Readings: Leviticus 23/Deuteronomy 16; Zechariah 14:16-19; Revelation 7:9-17 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Sep 21

43 min 39 sec

We continue our study on the ordinances and rules surrounding the ‘olah’, the sacrifice known as the burnt offering. The first recorded ‘olah’ in the Bible is Noah in Genesis following the flood. The ‘olah’ is burnt entirely on the altar We recall that the ‘olah’ has a freewill component implied by the conditional question ‘if ’. God does not compel obedience nor worship. Leviticus is a calling and we can choose to answer that call and partake in a relationship with the Lord. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/leviticus-and-god-called/ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Sep 14

1 hr 22 min

12 Sept 2021 - 16th Sunday after Pentecost - As the Day of Atonement approaches, religious Jews around the world will exchange the greeting “Gmar Chatima Tova", “…may your name be inscribed”, that is may your name be written and sealed in the Book of Life. In the Hebrew calendar, we are currently in the Days of Awe, a time of reflection, repentance, and making amends before the great fast day of Yom Kippur. The purpose of this period is not unlike that of Christian Lent, but the intensity and the outcome are very different. Jewish people hope for a year of blessing if their repentance has been adequate and accepted. Disciples of Jesus understand repentance, coupled with spiritual maturity, to be the way of life that leads to eternal life in the presence of the Lord. Canon Daryl Fenton discusses the great difficulty people today have with spiritual judgement and accountability and explores the practical ways the apostle James offers to ensure one’s name is inscribed. Readings: Proverbs 1:20-33, Psalm 19:7-14, James 1:2-12; Mark 8:27-38 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app. Recording includes cover of "The Law Of The Lord Is Perfect" by Ed Grugor.

Sep 13

39 min 59 sec

We begin a new study through the book of Leviticus. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/leviticus-and-god-called/ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Sep 7

1 hr 22 min

5 Sept 2021 - Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Rosh Hashana - The biblical Feast of Trumpets, which occurs just before Yom Kippur and Sukkot, has evolved into a two-day holiday called Rosh HaShana, that is New Year. It is a time when the shofar is blown 100 times as a wake-up call before Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Rev. David Pileggi looks at three biblical uses of blowing the ram’s horn -- as a warning, a celebration, and at a king’s coronation -- and practical implications for us today. Readings: Leviticus 23:23–25; Numbers 29:1–6; Psalm 98; Luke 1:46-55 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Sep 6

41 min 32 sec

We finish up our Galatians study with a look at the variant readings of Galatians 6:13 and consider the identity of the agitators pushing circumcision in the Galatian community. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/letter-to-the-galatians/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Aug 31

1 hr 9 min

29 August 2021 - Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Our tongues have the power to change the world and to defile us. Rev. Aaron Eime reminds us that we should use our tongues to love God and one another. God is ever calling to us, and our attention should be fixed on him. We must know the voice of the Beloved so we can respond to him and so understand what it is we are to do and what to say. Readings: Song of Solomon 2:8-13; James 1:17-29; Mark 7:1-23 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app. A Bright Star In The Sky by MusicLFiles Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/8093-a-bright-star-in-the-sky License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Aug 30

34 min 44 sec

Freedom in Christ does not mean that you can do whatever you want. Freedom is not and never will be a state of lawlessness. In the next few verses, Paul presents some practical instructions on walking out our ‘freedom in Christ’. Walking out our freedom, essentially Christian halacha, is described by Paul as those who are living by the Spirit. Paul instructs the community to restore gently those found in unnamed sin. The tone is not judgmental; being overtaken by sin does not imply that the person does not have the Holy Spirit, as evidenced by King David. The Greek word for ‘restore’ has many uses in both New Testament and extra-biblical Greek literature. It can refer to the mending of bones in the human body as well as the mending of nets of fishermen, such as the disciples of Jesus in the Gospels. Something has been broken, in this case, the ‘walk in the Spirit’, and it is in need of restoration. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/letter-to-the-galatians/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Aug 25

1 hr 14 min

22 August 2021 - Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost - The purpose of the Temple was to eat, drink and rejoice, says Rev. David Pileggi. God builds relationship with his people through food, much as we build friendship, family and culture around the meals we share. Food creates identity and tells us who we are. Jesus invites us to abide in him, to know and commit to him, lest we die. Readings: Psalm 78:1-8 & 17-30; John 6:56-69 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app. A Bright Star In The Sky by MusicLFiles Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/8093-a-bright-star-in-the-sky License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Aug 23

45 min 45 sec

We have all been called to freedom, both Jews and Gentiles. As part of sacred history, the Jewish people were called from Egypt to be a nation before the Lord. And Gentiles, too, were not to remain in bondage to elemental principles and the demonic forever. Where there used to be a separation between Jews and Gentiles in worship, places in the Temple, with table fellowship and prohibitions to inter-marry, now both receive redemption in the Messiah and freedom from those constraints. Now that we are free how then should we live? Paul says, to love and serve each other. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/letter-to-the-galatians/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Aug 18

1 hr 7 min

15 Aug 2021 - 12th Sunday After Pentecost - Rev. David Pileggi continues to lead us in contemplating the beautiful, confusing, controversial words of John 6. After the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus invites us to be fed by him. God desires to provide for us in abundance as we encounter his life-giving presence. The best, most Christ-centered place to meet God and have him meet our needs is at the table he sets for us with bread and wine. Readings: Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:9-14; John 6:51-58 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app. A Bright Star In The Sky by MusicLFiles Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/8093-a-bright-star-in-the-sky License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Aug 17

41 min 7 sec

Gentile pagan culture was infused with idolatry and immorality, all wrapped in the presence of demonic elemental principles. The Messiah of Israel, Jesus of Nazareth, had set free both Jews and Gentiles to no longer be ‘yoked to slavery’. The slavery mentioned here is the bondage to sin. Gentiles had been in defenceless bondage to elemental principles without God and Jews had had the ‘yoke of the Torah’ to guard against sin. Now through the Messiah everyone has access to the ‘yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven’ as equal members without distinction in the Kingdom. The yoke of the Messiah is easy and His burden is light. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/letter-to-the-galatians/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Aug 11

1 hr 16 min

8 August 2021 - 11th Sunday after Pentecost - Continuing in John 6, Rev. David Pileggi explains how the Gospel of John sees eternal life as a present reality as well as a future hope. We are nourished into eternal life through relationship with Jesus the Messiah by consuming to the Word of God. This involves obedience, not motivated by fear of punishment but by love Readings: Isaiah 55:1-13; Amos: 8:4-13; John 6:35, 41-51 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app. Music credit: A Bright Star In The Sky by MusicLFiles Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/8093-a-bright-star-in-the-sky License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Aug 10

45 min 25 sec

1 Aug 2021 - Tenth Sunday after Pentecost - The multiplication of the loaves and fishes points to the God of life who brings blessing. Jesus, the Bread from Heaven, comes to give us eternal life and blessing in this life and the next. Rev David Pileggi challenges with the question: Do we believe Jesus does satisfy, or do our undisciplined desires convince us that what God provides is not enough? Readings: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15; Psalm 78:23-29; John 6:24-35 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Aug 3

40 min 28 sec

Having made the case that the Galatians are indeed heirs of the promise to Abraham, along with the Jewish people, Paul now urges them to ‘be like him’. This raises the question, should Paul not have pointed to Jesus rather than to himself? Paul is not sinless nor without his faults, unlike the Messiah. While it is true that we should all endeavor to keep and promote others to keep, our eyes on the Lord, in following the Lord we also become role models to those who watch us, a sobering thought. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/letter-to-the-galatians/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Jul 28

1 hr 11 min

25 July 2021 - Ninth Sunday After Pentecost - The writer of John tells us that Passover was near when Jesus sat on a mountain to teach and then feed the 5,000. John puts Jesus squarely in the context of Sinai and the Exodus, connecting Jesus with the Prophet Like Moses. God, in the Exodus, moves Israel from death to life so that he can dwell with his people. Likewise, Jesus performs miracles to show that the Kingdom of God is breaking in on earth, moving those who trust in him from death to life and into relationship with God the Father. Readings: Ephesians 3:14-21; Psalm 145:10-18; John 6:1-21 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Jul 27

50 min 55 sec

A text taken out of context is a pretext, and I can do all things through a text taken out of context. Much commentary and discussion around Paul's epistle to the Galatians has been continually removed from the context. And I will continue to refer back to the contextual issues that face the Galatians believers. The issue is not, and I repeat, not that they doubt Jesus is the Messiah. No one is telling them that! The issue is social boundaries within the Jesus movement, that is the standing and relationship that Jews and Gentiles have, particularly towards the application of the Torah. Paul has argued that Gentiles are of equal standing as Jewish people in the Messiah, as are all people, whether they be male or female or of any socio economic status. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/letter-to-the-galatians/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Jul 21

1 hr 21 min

18 July 2021 - Eighth Sunday after Pentecost - On Tisha b'Av, Deacon Aaron Eime has us consider God's promise to David. David desired to build a house for God, but God instead promises to build David into a house, a dynasty. This house would bring forth the Messiah, the one who will accomplish God's desire to dwell not just among Israel but all humanity. Readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-14; Psalm 89:20-37; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ A version of this sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Jul 19

35 min 37 sec

According to the Torah, God had promised Abraham that through his descendants all the nations (the Gentiles) of the world would be blessed. The physical Torah itself appeared later in history to Moses and was given specifically to the people of Israel. Israel were instructed to be a distinct people that would bring light to the nations. As people were drawn to the monotheistic faith of Israel, they would come into contact with the teaching and instruction (the Torah) of God. Now that the promised Messiah had indeed arrived and ascended to Heaven, what role does the Torah play in the life of the believer and was the Torah actually in opposition to the good news of the redeemer? The answer to which Paul replies - absolutely not! Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/letter-to-the-galatians/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Jul 14

1 hr 2 min

11 July 2021 - Seventh Sunday after Pentecost - God the Creator is above his creation, and so is worthy of worship by his creatures. When God created the world, he did so to enter into relationship with his creatures. This has never changed. Rev. David Pileggi reminds us that it is only in holiness can we draw near to God. Holiness is not only refraining from evil, but it is also pursuing good. Right worship includes living a generous and moral life so we can reflect to the world the goodness of God. Readings: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Jul 13

53 min 56 sec

Paul has made his argument that righteousness is imputed by God to Gentiles as well as to Jewish people and that it is not earned through the ‘works of the Law’ that create distinctions, boundaries and social standings between them. A new reality has been formed with the resurrection of the Messiah which Paul can see clearly now, yet others (his antagonists) are unable to at the present time. Jews and Gentiles are of equal value, infinitely loved by God who created all things and sustains all things, God has plans for all of humanity, and the Torah proves it! Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/letter-to-the-galatians/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Jul 7

1 hr 18 min

4 July 2021 - Sixth Sunday after Pentecost - To be a disciple is to be sent. We are sent out to preach repentance, confront evil, and heal the hurting. Rev. David Pileggi reminds us that to be successful in our call, we must be radically dependent on God. It is God's gifts of repentance, courage, and compassion that enable us to minister to those around us. Readings: Ezekiel 2:1-5; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Jul 5

55 min 24 sec

Once again our discussion centered around the Torah, its meaning and relationship to the Mosaic covenant, and also to Paul's use of the phrase the 'works of the Law'. Once again it has to be stated that there is a difference between the Torah (also known as nomos in Greek), the Mosaic covenant, and the phrase ‘works of the Law’. Also once again it must be stated that you must never take a passage of scripture away from its context. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/letter-to-the-galatians/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Jun 30

1 hr 16 min

27 June 2021 - Fifth Sunday After Pentecost - Who is Jesus? Is he just a man blessed with an extra measure of the Holy Spirit? In the healing of the woman with the issue of blood, Jesus is revealed as the Holy One of Israel whose holiness is more contagious than the impure stain of death. Jesus calls us to join the fight of life over death and shares with his followers the authority to confront evil. Readings: 2 Timothy 1:1-10; Psalm 130; Mark 5:21-43 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Jun 29

49 min 17 sec

Paul begins his challenge of Peter's hypocrisy by saying, “We who are Jews by birth ... who know”. The primary comparison is between Jews and Gentiles as a matter of nature, that is birth, and not between a matter of “knowing”. If the focus was on knowing, then this would lead us close to gnosticism. Jews are not “sinners,” which is the natural state of Gentiles who have no natural relationship with God nor knowledge of Him. Paul in Romans spends more time reflecting on the advantages of the Jewish people. Interestingly it is these very advantages that make hypocrisy a great danger. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/letter-to-the-galatians/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Jun 23

1 hr 12 min

20 Jun 2021 - Fourth Sunday of Pentecost - Despite knowing Jesus, many of us lack in spiritual maturity. Rev. David Pileggi, taking clues from the life of King David, points us to the path of transformation and maturity. We must discern the world as it really is, allow God to prepare us, and live a lifestyle of gratitude that bears testimony of God's faithfulness to us. Readings: 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Jun 21

48 min 46 sec

Paul's opposition to Peter initially concerns itself with Peter's refusal to eat with the Gentile members of the believing community. The issue is part of a larger theological concern that is worked out in practical behaviour. Jewish people in the Second Temple period did not typically dine with Gentiles of any description, because of ritual purity concerns. The belief was that “things” could pass on impurity to other people. Gentiles were considered as being perpetually in an impure state. Peter had already “crossed the Rubicon” by eating with Gentiles in Acts 10. “Do not call unclean what God was made clean!” Following the conversion of the centurion Cornelius, Peter went to Jerusalem where he was asked, not about the Holy Spirit falling on Gentiles nor details of angelic visitations but “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them” (Acts 11:3). Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/letter-to-the-galatians/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Jun 16

1 hr 22 min

13 June 2021 - Third Sunday after Pentecost - We long for revival and to see the Kingdom of Heaven suddenly overtake the powers of this world. In the parable of the growing seed, Jesus teaches us that the kingdom grows slowly but surely under the sovereignty of God in partnership with his "farmers." From 120 people on the Day of Pentecost, the Jesus movement has spread throughout the world in 2,000 years. Rev. Aaron Eime encourages to do our part in walking out our faith and planting God's seeds for the Father's glory. Readings: Ezekiel 17:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:6-17; Mark 4:26-34 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app. Music credit: The Train in the Darkness by MusicLFiles Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7240-the-train-in-the-darkness License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

Jun 15

40 min 35 sec

Paul continues to reveal some autobiographical material not found anywhere else in Scripture. In Galatians 1, Paul described his first trip to Jerusalem three years following his Damascus Road experience. In Galatians 2 he describes a second journey to Jerusalem, this time 14 years later. The use of the word ἔπειτα ‘then’ probably indicates the timing to follow after the initial three years. Thus Paul had spent 17 years in ministry since his calling in Damascus, studying in Arabia, ministering in Damascus, moving to his childhood home in Tarsus and finally being called to serve the Jewish-Gentile community of Antioch by Barnabas. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/letter-to-the-galatians/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Jun 9

1 hr 24 min

6 June 2021 - Second Sunday after Pentecost - What is the unforgiveable sin? Have we done it? Rev. Aaron Eime has us consider this anxiety-producing sin in light of God's desire to have relationship with us. The Holy Spirit is a person, not an impersonal power. It is the Holy Spirit that, through Jesus' work on the cross, dwells in us and unites us with God. If we reject God's offer of forgiveness and friendship, we blaspheme the Holy Spirit. Readings: Genesis 3:8-15 • Psalm 130 • Mark 3:20-35 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app.

Jun 8

40 min 26 sec

Having laid forth a strong denunciation of the false gospel that currently persuades the Galatian communities, Paul gives some autobiographical material not found in any other epistle or writing. At the core of Paul's narration is that the Gospel preached by Paul is not Paul's gospel nor his invention. Paul claims divine revelation – the Greek word here is apocalypse – from the Messiah himself. Led by Aaron Eime. Notes for this study can be found at https://www.christchurchjerusalem.org/sermons/bible-studies/letter-to-the-galatians/ ‎ Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/

Jun 2

1 hr 16 min

30 May 2021 - Trinity Sunday - We serve the God who sacrificially sends himself out to heal his creation. He restores us to himself and enables us to share in the divine life. Rev. David Pileggi reminds us that God then sends us out to live lives of love and unity modeled after the divine community of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Readings: Isaiah 43:1-8; Isaiah 44:1-12; John 3:1-18 Blessed by our teachings? Consider saying thank you with a small (or large) donation. www.christchurchjerusalem.org/donate/ This sermon is also available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/christchurchjerusalem Listen to this sermon and more on our podcast. Search for Christ Church Jerusalem in Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or your favorite podcast app. The Train in the Darkness by MusicLFiles Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/7240-the-train-in-the-darkness License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

May 31

52 min 29 sec