For Epiphany Sunday I preached on the meaning of Epiphany and what we can learn from the wise men. I also speak about the church’s loss of celebrating the Christmastide season from Christmas Eve to Epiphany.
The End of Scapegoating
In this week’s sermon I used the text from Luke 8:26-39 to talk about how we don’t take responsibility for our actions. When Jesus removed the demons from the man in the story, he took away the town’s scapegoat. We must all be willing to take responsibility for our actions and be accountable for them. Jesus was the final sacrifice for our sins but we can only become justified before God by admitting our sins and removing the unclean things from our lives.
There is some banter at the start of this recording, it was the first time I rode my motorcycle to church.
I didn’t formally title this week’s sermon, but I would probably have gone with something “clever” like, The Trinity, a sermon in three parts.
One with God, One with Each Other
This sermon is a combined message and Annual Conference report.
John 17:22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Where is home?
This weeks sermon centers around the idea of home and where we feel “at home”. The message references John 14 and Revelation 21 in relation to the eternal home that Jesus is preparing for us. I also urge the listener to make sure that all of God’s children have a place to call home, both here on earth and with God.
The Fourth Sunday of Easter Gospel text was from John 10:22-30. In this text the Jews are questioning the identity of Jesus and his response includes a statement about those who can hear his voice. I used the example of our ability to identify our mother’s voice as a way to discern if the voices we hear in society today are coming from God.
This is my second sermon preaching from notes and not a manuscript. Feedback is appreciated.
This sermon was preached using only notes, normally I use a manuscript. I appreciate feedback on how you think it is compared to previous sermons.