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Older Sermons & Sermons from Around the World

There are years’ worth of sermons from New Church Westville and congregations around the world stored on newchurchaudio.org. Here is the archive of sermons from New Church Westville. And here is the homepage for newchurchaudio.org where you can find search for sermons on different topics, or by different speakers, or from different places in the world.


Recent Sermon Recordings

This Sunday we have the privilege of witnessing and taking part in the two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Supper. In some ways these two rituals seem worlds apart. In one, water is poured over a child’s head as he is dedicated to the Lord. In the other we eat bread and drink wine, symbolic of taking in the Lord’s love and wisdom. Yet these two rituals contain the whole span of spiritual life. Baptism represents the very first introduction to the Lord, the first glimmers of spiritual life. Holy Supper represents the fulfillment of that life, as we take in the Lord Himself to dwell within us. They are like two gates, and when we have gone through both, we are in heaven.

Sun, Nov 25, 2018
Source: New Church Westville Podcast

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone else could do all the work of getting into heaven for us? In traditional Christianity this idea takes the form of andquot;substitutionary atonement,andquot; the idea that because Christ suffered for our sin, we don’t have to. This idea is rejected in the New Church, but it is still appealing to believe we don’t have to do spiritual work because the Lord is doing it for us. While we could do nothing without the Lord, we actually need to take full responsibility for our spiritual lives. After all, no one else can do it for us.

Sun, Nov 11, 2018
Source: New Church Westville Podcast

Weandrsquo;re doing a series called andldquo;Appealing Heresiesandrdquo; which is about ideas that sound good and sound true but actually are quite problematic when you think them through. This Sunday evening weandrsquo;re talking about the appealing idea that everyone can go to heaven, no matter what they believe. Many people believe this. Many people think this is what the New Church teaches. Itandrsquo;s not. Whatandrsquo;s wrong with this idea? Come on Sunday evening as we unpack the implications of this appealing heresy and try to understand what the Lord actually teaches on this topic.

Sun, Nov 04, 2018
Source: New Church Westville Podcast

You canandrsquo;t buy your way into heaven, no matter how much wealth you amass. That wonandrsquo;t come as a surprise to most of you. Yet somehow, subconsciously, we end up trying. Every time we feel entitled to reward because of our good deeds, we have diminished good deeds to a mere currency with which we can buy a slice of heaven. Every time we feel slighted for the ill fortune that befalls us in spite of our goodness, we have reduced Godandrsquo;s living Providence into a mere balance sheet of good countered by evil. It is only when we realize that goodness is its own reward that we can be free from the allure of heaven as a reward. Heaven is not a reward; heaven is the natural result of a life of goodness.

Sun, Oct 28, 2018
Source: New Church Westville Podcast

Celebrating the Life of Una Elphick

Fri, Oct 26, 2018
Source: New Church Westville Podcast