Fairhaven’s virtual service on June 21, 2020 began with readings from Psalm 33 and Psalm 34. Music was the song Ever Be from Aaron Shust.
Bill Case delivered a sermon titled “Plundering of Your Property and the Power of Hope.” Highlights are noted below.
- Hebrews 10:32-36
- The church is slowly awakening from the distortion of 300 years of dominance and prosperity. The idea is that if you are a Christian you rise on the ladder of prosperity and things will go well for you. That has been our dominant ethos. We have been suffering from that because it is unbiblical.
- We are comfortable here in America as if this is our home. We have had the mindset that Christianity equals success. We are focused on what feels good and ignored eternal values.
- Christians are aliens and sojourners in this world. Enlightened in Hebrews 10:32 means both conversion so we see clearly and that we then shine that light out. Some are enlightened by our light and some are incensed. Matthew 5:11 says, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” How we respond to insults matters.
- In Jesus Christ we are one hope and one church. We are enlightened to a reward not on earth, but to a better, eternal reward. Our identity is in Christ, not in this world.