In the month of August Pastor Scott gave the following sermons:
On August 5th our sermon was “God Supplies What We Need” based on scriptures from Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 and Ephesians 4:1-16. From this sermon we learned that God supplies what we need. With this realization in mind it is hoped that we will respond by not worrying but trusting in God to supply what we need.
On August 12th our sermon was “A Long Lasting Lunch” and our scripture lessons came from 1 Kings 19:4-8 and John 6:35, 41-51. The intent of this sermon was to show that Jesus is the bread of life that lasts forever, nourishing us for eternal life. This point was made so that those who heard this sermon would hear and learn from God and trust in Jesus and in doing so, never be spiritually hungry or thirsty again!
On August 19th our sermon was “Living Bread”. Our scripture lessons for this sermon were Proverbs 9:1-6 and John 6:51-58. In this sermon we learned that communion is not so much about “knowledge” and understanding what happens to the bread and grape juice (or wine) as it is a relationship to be trusted and embraced. In response we were encouraged to hear in our celebrations of the Lord’s Supper the promises of Jesus for eternal life now and resurrection on the last day.
On August 26th our scripture lessons came from 1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43 and Ephesians 6:10-20 and our sermon was “That the Word May Know”. This sermon showed that as far back as when Solomon built the first Temple in Jerusalem, its purpose was to be God’s dwelling place, a sign that God is present among God’s people, hears prayer and responds with mercy even to foreigners so that the world might know God and believe in God. Now we, the Church, are the dwelling place of God. As the dwelling place of God, it is our duty to be that sign that God is present, hears prayer and responds with mercy so that the world may know and believe in God in Christ.