13 May 2006

On Christian Community, part 1

8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For,
"Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from deceitful speech.
11 He must turn from evil and do good;
he must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

1 Pet. 3:8-12
Tomorrow morning is Mothers' Day. At church, I will be giving the sermon. How that came to be, and whether I am qualified and/or ready for this are a story for a different post.

I am teaching from the passage above, which is a call to the Christians in Asia Minor to live as a community in a way that the unbelievers around them will be unable to criticize them, will be impressed with their behavior and love, and will then give glory to God because of the power of the community.

It is a powerful call, and one that the modern church routinely misses the boat on.

I don't know if I can adequately teach this message, but it is one that I hope I can learn. Because, if the church ever is able to live out the purpose of this message, then the world may truly be changed.

I pray that it happens.


At 5/14/2006 12:47 AM, Blogger Rodney Olsen said...

Are any of us ever really qualified to share God's message? In some ways we'd all have to say no becuase we'll never know God's mind fully this side of eternity.

On the other hand, I'm reminded of the blind guy who Jesus healed. The religious leaders kept asking him about who Jesus was and whether he was a prophet. The guy said he didn't know but that he knew that Jesus had given him sight. He surmised from that that he must be from God but he didn't know much more than that. All these years later his story is still a powerful testimony. All he did was to tell others what he knew to that point. That's what God requires of us. We all need to keep learning more and growing closer to Jesus but in the mean time we need to tell what we know; what we have discovered to this point.

I'm sure your sermon will go well and that through the Holy Spirit, Jesus will touch lives.


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