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This is Sunday morning’s sermon. I was getting sick and didn’t know if I would make it through this. I crashed afterwords; Monday was the worst. So I finally listened to this sermon today and it turned out better than I expected. It’s short, 20 minutes or so, but I was concerned going in I wouldn’t be able to put two thoughts together. So with apologies for tardiness, here is the Sunday a.m. sermon at Unity Baptist, from 1 Peter 4.
Sometimes God is accused of being unfair or unjust. Some might even imagine they will reprimand God or reason with him on the day of judgement. God’s preference is that people listen to his warnings and turn to righteousness rather than receive judgement. God’s ways are just and he implores people to choose life over judgement.
Sometimes newspapers or televised news programs issue a retraction when they publish facts that are wrong. Sometimes they catch their own mistake and other times people write or call in to complain. I just listened to my Sunday morning sermon and as soon as I heard a particular line I couldn’t believe I had said that.
In Sunday’s sermon “Go and Do Likewise” I outlined the history of the Samaritans. The Northern Kingdom of Israel fell in 721 B.C. and those Jews not carried off by Assyria were separated from the Southern Kingdom, or Juah, where Jerusalem and the Temple were located. In the discussion of The Good Samaritan and the account of the Samaritan woman at the well, I said that animal sacrifice did take place at the temple during the first century. As soon as I heard that this morning I thought “Why would I say that?”
The Parable of the Good Samaritan is probably well known. Like other titles we tend to give biblical narratives, that was added later and may work against our understanding. Hear this parable again with a mission emphasis as we wrap up the month of September and our focus on Mission Georgia.
*When I listened to this sermon a few days later I realized that I had made a mistake. It’s not a small detail and I wrote a retraction. Click here to read that.
We will focus on state missions throughout the month of September. The areas of ministry Mission Georgia is involved in are foster care, adoption, human trafficking, childhood literacy, refugees and pre/post natal care. When we talk about the needs we often use a lot of numbers. The theme for 2021 reminds us those numbers represent real people. Those numbers are our neighbors.
Born again to a living hope; that’s important because if we had hope in this life only we’d be above all others most miserable. We may suffer trials for a little while but do not get distracted or discouraged. Our salvation will appear at the revelation of Jesus Christ.