Updated: Jul 30
What does the word home mean to you?
It is likely that the word "home" evokes different emotions and ideas for each of us. For some, it is a physical place that provides shelter, comfort, and a sense of belonging. Home can be a place where family and friends gather and memories are created. For others, home may be a distant memory, evoking nostalgia and the longing for a simpler time. Home could be the place where you grew up or a beloved location that holds significance for a season of your life.
For others, perhaps, the idea of home goes beyond a physical location or a memory. It is a feeling of safety, security, and rest that one seeks in life. Home, then, can be a place where one finds solace, where one connects with family or birth or choice, and where one can recharge their batteries.
No matter how you define home, our ever-changing, uncertainty-filled world seems to lack spaces where people can find refuge and peace, places of deep intentionality where we can let our guard down and be our true selves.
In his confessions, Saint Augustine of Hippo reflects on the nature of the human heart and our innate desire for a true home. He recognizes that our hearts are restless, and we are constantly searching for something to fill the void within us. Augustine acknowledges that true rest and peace can only be found in God, who has created us for Himself.
As followers of Christ, we hold that our quest for home must ultimately lead us to God, who is the source of all our deepest longings and desires.
We invite you to journey with us as we explore the search for home through biblical stories.
Week 1: Leaving Home: Trusting God's Call
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-9
Description: In this sermon, we will explore the story of Abram and his call to leave home and go to a land God would show him. We will examine how Abram's obedience and trust in God's promise led him to find a new home, identity, and a future beyond his imagining.
Week 2: Faith in the Unknown: Home Beyond Our Senses
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Description: In this sermon, we will look at the faith of Abraham and Sarah, who left their home to follow God's promise of a new home in a land they did not know. We will examine how faith in God's promise allowed them to see the reality of a home beyond their senses.
Week 3: Homecoming: Finding Home Again
Week 4: The Prodigal Son: The Journey Back Home
Scripture: Luke 15:11-32
Description: In this sermon, we will examine the parable of the prodigal son and how his journey back home led him to a deeper understanding of his father's love and a restored relationship. We will explore how repentance and forgiveness can lead us back home to God.
Week 5: The New Jerusalem: Our Eternal Home
Scripture: Revelation 21:1-4
Description: In this final sermon, we will explore the vision of the new Jerusalem in the book of Revelation. We will examine how the ultimate home for believers is not just a physical location but a place where God will dwell with His people and wipe away every tear. We will be reminded of the hope we have in Christ for our eternal home.