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Sunday Morning Together with Pastor Shaun White

by | Mon, Mar 25 2024

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Pastor Shaun White has a lifelong connection with the church. For over two decades, he worked as an intensive-care paramedic, gaining practical crisis care skills and pursuing postgraduate studies in leadership.

During this time, he met and married his wife Mirella, who had experienced life-changing freedom in Christ at the age of 19. Together, they worked in various church communities across Australia and overseas, before settling in Tasmania and becoming members of C3 Hobart.

Mirella began to serve on the finance team, eventually transitioning to the role of Business Manager. Shaun later joined the C3 staff in 2016, and together they assumed the roles of Senior Pastors.

Recently, Shaun shared a special 5-minute sermon with us during Sunday Morning Together, highlighting the extravagant love of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the importance of speaking faith over the difficult situations we face. Read Shaun’s full message below:

‘I want to take you to a passage in Ezekiel chapter 37. Many of you will know this as the time when the Holy Spirit took Ezekiel to the valley of the dry bones. And, let me just share a few verses and some thoughts on this.

The Lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?”

We’re talking about extravagant love in the lead-up to Easter, the extravagant love of our Lord and Saviour. And I challenge you with this; what is your response? What is your response to the question that the Lord asked Ezekiel? Can these bones become living people again?

I’ve got a few thoughts on this. The first is that the extravagant love of the Holy Spirit has the ability to change our perspectives. Late last year, I was working through some challenging family and extended family situations, and I felt God say, can these bones or can these situations become living again? Can you get through this situation?

Because sometimes we can see situations arising in our life and we think to ourselves, they’re dead; they’re buried, they’re asystole. They’re not going to be able to get through. And I felt God directly say to me, can these bones or can these situations become living again?

As it related to Ezekiel, it’s not like God didn’t know the answer. If we go back into Ezekiel 36, He says to him many times, I will repopulate your cities. You don’t deserve it. It’s scriptural. But He says that I will repopulate your cities, and I’ll cleanse you from sin because that’s the love of our God.

But for Ezekiel, as it is for us, the real issue is not whether the Lord is able to make these bones or these situations live again, but whether we have the faith to believe that He can. Let’s put it in context of today. Ezekiel was taken to a place, a valley of dry bones. But maybe for us it’s bad health reports stacking up, marriages teetering, job losses are present or family relationships have deteriorated, and there’s never enough money in the bank.

I’m not making light of the situation or whatever it is you may be going through. Sometimes, the only option available seems to be to wave the white flag in surrender and just accept that we live a life of valley after valley after valley moments.

But I would encourage you, that’s where the Lord meets us. In the valley. Not only does He meet us there, Psalm 23 tells us that He walks us through it. And then this is the beautiful part later on in that scripture.

As many of you know, He doesn’t just meet us here. He doesn’t just walk us through it, but He prepares a banquet in the face of our enemies. That is extravagant love. The second part of that in verse four, is that the extravagant love of God involves our participation.

The reality is that the Lord God could have brought life to these dry bones Himself. But He took Ezekiel there, and He desires for us to have participation into this. And as you read through this, in verse seven he says, so I spoke this message just as He told me to do.

You see, it requires an obedience. When God speaks, it requires an obedience for us to be able to step into it. And the third point that I want to be able to share with you is that God’s extravagant love is contagious to others.

Verses ten to fourteen say, So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army.11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’ 12 Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the Lord. 14 I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!’”

Let me ask, what are you saying over your valley of dry bones situations? Are you speaking life to them, or are you letting them speak brokenness over you? God said to him, you say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.

We need to start talking like God is not only interested in our lives, but He is already involved. So much of our faith relies on our willingness to step out in obedience. And so often when we do, others are blessed by our faith.

I want to encourage you in the lead up to Easter, your faith can be contagious to others. Invite others to come along into your world to walk the journey with them in faith.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of life, the gift of life over our situations that may have seemed dead and broken and buried. That you will breathe new life into these. Heavenly father, I pray for our nation right across this land, in our communities, in our cities, in our capital cities.

Lord God, that you will breathe a new life right across the areas that we might have felt dead and were buried. That there is hope coming to areas that we might have felt were hopeless. Lord God, I just pray, breathe this new life. Let us be obedient and stand in faith to who You are. In your mighty name. Amen.’

Listen to Shaun’s full message below: