Rev. Kim Allen teaches from Matthew 10, the hard words of Jesus about the cost of following Him as a disciple. While we hope to be people of peace, the costs of faithful discipleship include being the subject of controversy, losing family support, and yielding your life ambition. Nevertheless, we have the promise of Jesus and help of the Holy Spirit to lead us in the eternal way of truth.
Fr. Keith Allen teaches on the Ministry of Reconciliation from Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans. Speaking to current events in our nation, the Church needs to lead the way for change, healing and grace to our culture. Having been reconciled to God we should now be reconciled to each other, bringing peace and hope to the world.
Fr. Keith Allen teaches from Matthew 28:16-20 about God's commission to each of his followers to be a disciple who makes disciples. We are at war against evil and the evil one, and God is counting on us to accept the commission to carry the good news of Jesus to the world, engaging the enemy on the front lines and advancing the kingdom of God across the earth.
Fr. Keith Allen teaches about the obedience and harvest tied to Pentecost, and how God used the occasion to pour out the Holy Spirit onto the disciples to re-create, reclaim, and cleanse life that was destroyed in the Fall of man (Genesis).
Fr. Keith Allen teaches from John 17, the prayer of Jesus to his Father as the hour of death was nearing. In those final moments, knowing what was ahead, he prayed from the heart of a Savior for those disciples He loved and ones who would believe in him, all for the glory of God.
Fr. Keith Allen teaches from John 15 that Jesus, the True Vine, is calling us to life in Himself. Only as we are remade and renewed in His life, are we able to produce abundant fruit that glorifies the Father and identifies us as children of God.
From the text of John 14, Fr. Keith Allen teaches us that even when we are perplexed at what God is doing, as were the disciples in this story, Jesus is active and preparing a place for us - the Church - and is Himself the path to that place where we will be welcomed in and unto the Father.
From the text of Psalm 23, Fr. Keith Allen teaches that Yahweh, our Lord, is a shepherd present with us and not looking upon us from afar. In His goodness to us, the sheep of His pasture, we receive full provision of all our physical and spiritual needs, protection from our enemies, and the provision of belonging to God's family.
In a teaching from Luke 24, Fr. Keith Allen reminds us that like the disciples in the story, we also may be so focused on our concerns and unmet expectations that we don't sense the presence of Jesus right beside us in the midst of our struggles. The resurrection of Jesus changes how we walk the road of our present sorrows as we open our hearts to the living Word of God, fellowship with other Christians, and pray earnestly for the Kingdom of God to be manifested in our daily lives.
Bishop Neil Lebhar leads the service to Ordain a new Deacon and install a new Rector of Christ Church. His teaching, starting at 35:12, emphasizes the gracious and serving nature of our King, the importance of teaching, and our responsibility to listen faithfully to God's Word.