In the month of February Pastor Scott gave the following sermons:
On October 6th our Old Testament lesion was from the book of Lamentations 3:19-26 and our Epistle lesson was from 2 Timothy 1:1-14. The sermon for that World Communion Sunday was “When All Is Lost, Wait for God.” This sermon endeavored to show that circumstances may change, even because of our sinfulness, but the steadfast love of God is enduring. As a result, it is hoped that the listeners will be able to meet each new day with hope, despite their circumstances.
On October 13th with readings from 2 Timothy 2:8-15 and Luke 17:11-19 the sermon was “Why Do We Put Up with This?” In this sermon it was shown from the scriptures that we, like Paul, endure all kinds of hardships and persecution so that others may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus. In response, it is hoped that we will be willing to put up with the temporary discomfort of suffering and marginalization with grace, so that others may obtain salvation.
On October 20th our Old Testament lesson was from Jeremiah 31:27-34 and the Gospel lesson was from Luke 18:1-8. The sermon title was “Don’t Lose Heart!” In this sermon we learned that when our prayers aren’t answered when and how we would like them to be, we should not lose heart – that doesn’t mean that God isn’t there! This was shown to the end that we might not lose heart, especially in matters of prayer.
On October 27th our sermon title was “Who Do You Trust In?” The Epistle lesson was 2 Timothy 4:6-8 and the Gospel lesson was Luke 18:9-14. From the story Jesus told about the Pharisee and the Tax Collector we learned that the Tax Collector was justified, not because he was humble or pious, but because he didn’t trust in himself for justification but in God’s mercy and grace. A fitting response to this would be for us to trust in God alone for our justification, not in our own righteousness and piety.