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Responding (to Grace)

Our Scriptures this morning are interesting and significant with much that could be unpacked, but it all comes down to one central concept, rooted in grace.

A Martin Luther quote was shared on Facebook, which read:

If grace depends on our cooperation then it is no longer grace. 

It is true.
Grace, by definition, cannot be deserved, earned, or obtained by our merits/works.

Grace also cannot be kept, maintained, or even lost by our merits/works.

Grace is not grace if we have to “do” anything.
But, the question remains how do we respond to said grace?

That is the central concept and foundation of our Scriptures this morning.

Jesus, a rabbi (teacher), had been arrested, beaten, crucified, died, laid in a tomb, AND resurrected.

Although we do not know all of Jesus’ post-resurrection experiences, we do know Jesus visited the disciples but did not ever-linger at their side. This is a post-resurrection account.

Thus, the disciples have witnessed Jesus risen from the dead but do not know where Jesus is at the moment… so what do the disciples do?

Peter says, “I am gonna go fishin’. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Sermons

 

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Feed & Tend: The Demands of Discipleship

Text- John 21: 15-19

Let’s recap:
On Trinity Sunday, I mentioned discipleship as our participation in the Trinity’s dance.
Last Sunday, I shared the unpleasant realities of discipleship.

This Sunday, our texts are easier to embrace but perhaps not easier to live.

Can you imagine this conversation between Christ and Peter? I can.

Christ asks, “Peter, how much do you love me?”
Peter replies, “I love you a lot.”

“Ok, Peter, prove it.”
“Anything, Lord, just name it.”

“Peter, feed and tend my lambs and sheep?”
“But, Lord, what lambs and sheep? You are not a shepherd.”

“Metaphor, metaphor, metaphor. Remember, Peter, I am the Good Shepherd. The people are my lambs and my sheep.”
Peter, embracing his name by being as dense as a rock, “Of course, who all are your people?”  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Sermons

 

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