Sermon: “Willing to Sacrifice so we May Heal Others”
Theme: It is not by strength or power, but through our faithfulness to Christ and boundless compassion that comes from God we bring healing to the world.
Purpose: The congregation will recognize the value of submitting to Christ and humbly taking a role in reaching out in healing love.
Scriptures: 1 Peter 2:21-25 Christ’s suffering was to bring healing, and in the same way we accomplish the work of bringing healing through grace and love.
Mark 1:40-45 Jesus chose to touch and heal the man with leprosy, thought that meant he had to remain outside of the towns.
What are we willing to sacrifice in order to bring healing to others? In what ways are we healed by reaching out in love to those who are suffering? In what ways does the willingness to experience discomfort and inconvenience a source of renewal and strength? How do we recognize that bringing peace is a work of healing the world? In what ways does that work of bringing peace require humility and submission rather than power and domination? Why is it that some experience so much joy and celebration in the work of serving the world? How do we become less focused on what we want and more focused on serving Christ by reaching out to the world?
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