Portraits of Jesus
This last Sunday in our Gathering, we studied the book of 1 Corinthians together. The week of preparation leading up to that moment in the pulpit was deeply encouraging, as I sat at the feet of Paul, and watched him apply the reality of Jesus and the fullness of the Good News to four main issues in the lives of Christians in the church at Corinth. I discovered that each issue was a case study in the application of the good news to the very practical matters of our lives.
I’m sure you’ve discovered if you’ve been a part of the church for any length of time, that things don’t always go as planned on a Sunday morning. That is certainly true of the preaching moment. For I came yesterday morning ready to preach through those four main issues of the letter, but only made it through two. The first, how Paul addressed the issue of Division with Jesus and the Good News; and the second, how he dealt with differences over Food.
My solution for getting to the other two issues—how Jesus and the Good News may be applied to Sex and The Gathering—was to offer in the service that I would write a couple of articles for you this week. However, after talking to a number of you over the last 24 hours, and pondering those conversations, I’ve decided to preach a second sermon on 1 Corinthians.
So that means you have another week to soak in this wonderful letter. As you do, pay particular attention to chapters 5-7, which address some issues surrounding Sex; and chapters 11-14, which address issues in The Gatheringof the church at Corinth. Make note of the way that Paul frames the problem, and the manner in which he applies particular aspects of who Jesus is, and the Good News, as the solution to the problem.
Looking forward to Sunday together,
In the book of James, we meet a follower of Jesus who is going to sit us down for a little chat. And fair warning here: James isn’t really too concerned about your feelings, or how comfortable you are with someone you don’t know nor have ever met getting pretty personal with you.
Sunday's Comin' (July 7, 2019)
I think all of us want to be wise. The question is, how do we get there?
Preparing For May 26, 2019
Do you know why the church exists? Do you know who formed the church, and how it was formed?
Just a brief reminder that a great way to prepare for the service this coming Sunday is to read the text we will be studying together.
Preparing For Sunday May 12, 1 & 2 Thessalonians
This last Sunday, I preached the first of two sermons on Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians. Here was the sentence I began unpacking, which is my summary of both letters:
Martin Luther warned that the people of the church are always in danger of their hearts straying from the truth of the good news of the kingdom of God found in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
First, it is Palm Sunday. Which means it is the beginning of a week of remembering the most important events in the history of the world: the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, his last meal with his disciples, his death at the hands of sinful men as the result of a sham sentence in a kangaroo court, his burial by those who loved him, and his resurrection from the dead just three days later. All of it for the salvation and rescue of the world.