In the month of September Pastor Scott gave the following sermons:
On September 2nd our sermon was “That Which Defiles” based on scriptures from Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-12 and Mark 7:1-8, 4-15, 21-23. From this sermon we learned that true faithfulness is not about clean hands, but a heart cleansed and a life shaped by the radical, self-giving love of God in Christ. With this realization in mind it is hoped that we will respond by following Jesus; not by separating ourselves from those we consider less holy or unclean, but by doing what Jesus did; getting our hands dirty serving others, caring especially for those whom the world has cast aside, those who endure the most abuse.
On September 9th based on and our sermon was “Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement” and our scripture lessons came from Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 and James 2:1-17. From these scriptures is was shown that our actions make our faith visible to the end that we might consider how we will live out our faith together, in ways that reflect God’s mercy and benefit the marginalized.
On September 16th our sermon was “The Lord God Helps Me; I shall Not Be Put to Shame.” Our scripture lessons were Isaiah 50:4-9 and James 3:1-12. In this sermon we learned that being faithful followers of Jesus often results in suffering and opposition from others in the world and even in the church. In response we are encouraged to remain steadfast in our determination to follow Jesus faithfully because we trust in the power of God to vindicate us, not our own strength.
On September 23rd our scripture lessons came from Jeremiah 11:18-20 and Mark 9:30-37 and our sermon was “God’s Way to Greatness”. In this sermon we explored how God’s way to greatness is not based on status, wealth, power and strength but involves being humble, lowly and welcoming of even the most powerless people in our world. It is also the path of life. In response we are encouraged to choose to be great on God’s terms, not the world’s terms.
On September 30th our scriptures were from Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22 and James 5:13-20. In this sermon we learned that the prayer of a righteous person is, indeed, powerful. In response to this it is hoped that we might not discount the effectiveness and necessity of prayer.