A Selection of Sermons from St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Delta B.C.
Rev. Michael Dobson Aug 21st 2011 The Rock of the Living God Following two massive healing festivals and preceding the great moment of Christ's transfiguration, St Peter finally confesses the truth upon which the Church derives her power, her unity and her fullness. The readings were: Exodus 8:2-10, Psalm 124, Romans 12:1-8 and Matthew 16:13-20.
Rev. Michael Dobson Aug 28th 2011 A Divine Compulsion To be compelled as a King is compelled by force of duty and as a God by force of absolute righteousness - Jesus tells us we must not be a stumbling block, we must not be driven by a myopic self-interest, we must take up the cross. The readings were: Exodus 3:1-15, Psalm 105: 1-6,23-26, Romans 12:9-21 and Matthew 16:21-28.
Rev. Michael Dobson Sept 4th 2011 Binding and Loosing The glory of the Saints is to bind and loose on earth as is in heaven. The calling of the church is to set the moral boundaries and to win back to Christ those who are lost to the fellowship through sin. The readings were Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 149, Romans 13:8-14 and Mattew 18:15-20.
Rev. Eric Thurston Sept 18th 2011 Paul in Mission: Preach the message, Plan with God in mind and be Patient. Tying in Romans 1:8 that the witness of the Roman church is a force for Mission, and Romans 15:14 which speaks of Paul's plan to visit Rome, the message affirms God's greater plan for his called out people.
Rev. Michael Dobson Sept 25th 2011 Redeeming the City The city has no chance without a clean Temple; in clean Temples we find the ministry of healing; He will wither those who do not bear fruit. The readings were: Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16, Philip 2:1-13 and Matthew 21:23-32.
Ms. Danielle Martel Oct 2nd 2011 He is Wild but he is Good The might and power of God in the 1st Samuel 5 narrative of the destruction of those who came near the ark. The false god Dagon, the people of Ashdod, Gath and Ekron, were all destroyed or afflicted with tumors. There was immense fear; yet, this fear is based on the reality of God's power and thus equally a sign of Christ's power to heal and save.
Rev. Michael Dobson Oct 9th 2011 A Staggering Invitation The silence of the unbelieving Temple leaders betrays their fear and their nakedness before God; they do not wear the linens washed in the blood of Christ and they are cast into the darkness. Will we respond to the invitation? Will we bear fruit? Will we be found clothed in the blood of the lamb? The readings were Exodus 32:1-14, Psalm 106:1-6,19-23, Philipians 4:1-9 and Matthew 22:1 -14.
Rt. Rev.Dr Trevor Walters Oct 16th 2011 Antagonism and Entrapment A sermon on the dangers facing the people of God; the methods of the world, and antagonists to the Church. The readings were Isaiah 45:1-7, Psalm 96:1-13, 19-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 and Matthew 22:15-22.
Rev. Michael Dobson Oct 30th 2011 Be Humble and be Exhalted Born of an imperishable seed the people of God are a royal nation; yet we must live as the King of Kings. Through examples in Holy Scripture of the haughty and the humble and what becomes of them, the message provides a model for followers of Christ Jesus. Joshua 24:1-3,14-25; Psalm 107:1-37; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 and Matthew 23:1-12.
Rev Michael Dobson Dec 18th 2011 ADVENT 4: The Bearer of Our Lord. Three qualities of St. Mary The Mother of God are demonstrated in the Magnificat: Humility, Worship and Trust. Through the image of the mother, the pastor and the undoing of the fall, we reclaim St Mary for our Anglican heritage. Michah 5:2-5a, Hebrews 10:5-10 and Luke 1:26-55.
Rev Michael Dobson April 6th 2012 Good Friday And they shall look upon Him, whom they have pierced. A Sermon inspired by Lancellot Andrewes 16th Century treatment of the piercing of Christ's heart.
Rev Michael Dobson April 9th 2012 Resurrection Sunday From Despair to Brotherhood (no audio yet). The morning of the resurrection of Jesus Christ transformed the lives of Christians forever. The loneliness and despair of His death coloured the perceptions of his closest disciples, convincing them that His body had been stolen; but, in her weeping for the loss of His presence in the flesh, the Lord speaks a message to Mary Magdelene that changes everything, "Tell them I am going to my father, and your father, my God and your God." The Resurrection changes the DNA and the definition of family (John 20).
Rev Michael Dobson April 22nd, 3rd Sunday of Easter. Three tests of the Spirit of Anti-Christ . The surprisingly stark conclusion from St. John the Divine: continuing to habitually sin is like failure to acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ and that he came in the flesh; all three are signs of the Anti-Christ.
Rev Michael Dobson May 6th, 6th Sunday of Easter. The Christology of fraternal love. St. John's epistle outlines how the Spirit of Christ in us allows us to love each other; to be overcomers. It is His fearlessness toward the flesh that we must share (1 John 4: 7–21).
Rev Michael Dobson May 27th 2012 Welcome Holy Spirit This week as a Christian therapist is disbarred for inviting the Holy Spirit into prayer with a Christian man, we examine the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and what Peter then called the "corrupt generation" which is so offended by God's Spirit. The readings were: Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:4-34, 35b, Romans 8:22-27, John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15.
Rev Michael Dobson August 5th 2012 The Power of Baptism Chapter 6 of John's gospel contains the famous words, "I am the bread of life." This is the first of two talks concerning our physical participation in Christ; this one discusses the once–only sacrament of Baptism. The next (Aug 19th) concerns the ongoing need for us to feed on Christ (John 6: 35–51).
Rev Michael Dobson August 19th 2012 What does it mean to eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of Man? Here in the last part of John Chapter 6 we ask what it means to feed on Christ.
Rev Michael Dobson Sept 9th 2012 The Book of Acts 1: 1–6 (1) Video: Are you an Apostle of Christ? His post–resurrection fellowship with the Apostles may test our faith that the apostolic gift could be present in the contemporary Church. Yet we know he still calls, appears, commissions and baptizes in the Holy Spirit. We must therefore seek after and value that gift.
Rev Michael Dobson Sept 16th 2012 The Book of Acts 1: 9–12 (2) Video: Angelic instruction on the Ascension. Angels at the Ascension help focus our minds on the realm of Christ's Lordship, and his sympathetic leading toward the final day of the Lord. With the help of Hebrews 4:14–16 we are challenged to acknowledge the absolute power of the Holy Spirit over created and uncreated order; and the depth of Christ's sympathy for us whose struggles he fully understands.
Rev Michael Dobson Sept 23rd 2012 The Book of Acts 2: 1–13 (3) Video: May there be "one accord" in the Church (soon). "Harmonious unity" best describes the Apostles preparing for the Holy Spirit. How awfully sad that the Bible–believing Church divides over Pentecost. When God spoke to St. Patrick he said: "He who gave his life for you, he it is who speaks within you." Surely he is the source of our unity throughout the ages.