Sermon 04 September 2022 (Proper 18)

What in the world is going on? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Yesterday was the March for Life UK. It was all about choice – but not the choice blared out by the pro-abortion protestors. God has always given man a choice, and man has most often chosen poorly.

The Bible is God’s story. The early Church understood Jesus as the primary subject of the story, and the Church as the object that Jesus works in and through. Somewhere over the centuries this story was lost, and now the individual believer is the subject of the story: Jesus is on the outside awaiting an invitation to come into the heart. This has led to many errors in the Church, but God is doing a mighty work behind the scenes to bring correction. He is offering a new choice to His people, doing a work in our day that you won’t believe!

(I am indebted to the book “Jesus cropped from the picture” by Don Allsman, published by The Urban Ministry Institute, 2009, for many of the themes in this sermon.)

Lectionary: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 139:1-16; Philemon 1:4-16; Luke 14:26-33

Referenced Scriptures: Genesis 2:15-17; Acts 13:41; Habakkuk 1:5; John 17:21; 1 John 3:8; Matthew 12:28; Philippians 2:10-11; Ephesians 6:12; 2 Timothy 2:4; Mark 3:24; Luke 11:17; Joshua 24:15

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRsEE9ZtYwBJKU2mbE?e=vetTec

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