Preaching to the Choir

These are some sermons, but mostly lectionary discussions. It also has prayers for some Sundays.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Proper 4A/Ordinary 9A/Pentecost +3

The scriptures for this coming Sunay, June 1 are:

Genesis 6:9-22; 7:24; 8:14-19 God commands Noah to build the ark. God floods the ear after finding mostly sinful people on the earth. Noah is spared on the ark with his family and two of every kind of animal. After 400 days the waters ceded and they were able to come out on dry land. It is important to know that Noah was a righteous man who walked with God (Genesis 6:9). (You could begin sermon series on the Genesis stories.)

Romans 1:16-17, 3:22b-28, (29-31) What is the gospel? It is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith. It is nothing to be ashamed of. In it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith. Why? Because we have all sinned. It is not by our power or might of good works that we are saved but we are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God does at least three things through Jesus Christ: God justifies, God redeems, and God effects atonement to deal with the state of humans. When Paul thought of atonement through the sacrifice of Jesus' blood, he had in mind the whole Jewish liturgy for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The liturgy provided for the shedding of the blood of innocent animal victims, one whose blood was sprinkled symbolically on both the altar and on the people, and one driven away into the wilderness bearing the sins of the people away. This annual celebration provided Jews with an awareness of God's forgiveness and a renewed consciousness of their worthiness to regard themselves as the covenant people having a special relationship with God. This liturgy once more been established their special relationship with the God who had faithfully preserved them as God's chosen people through the ages. Since their God could only be regarded as holy, their covenanted relationship with God restored them to the status of a holy people. (You could begin a series on Romans beginning with this Sunday and going for the next 16 Sundays of the lectionary.)

Matthew 7:21-29 Do we just say Lord, Lord? Or do we do the will of God? Do we prophesy in his name? Do we cast out demons in his name? Do we do a lot of good deeds? Guess what those thing won't get us into heaven. Nope, not according to Jesus. He says we are to listen to his words and act on them. The parable Jesus tells illustrates what he means. This ending to the "sermon" challenges us to live what we believe, rather than just go through the routines of devotion. Above all else, Jesus spurned those whose behaviour revealed their hypocrisy because their actions did not correspond with their pious words. This concludes the sermon on the mount.

So, which passage will you preaching this Sunday?


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