Sermon: “Be Wise and Innocent”
Theme: God commissions us to serve in the midst of crisis and challenges, because that is the place where the love of Christ and God’s healing power are most needed.
Purpose: We will adjust our attitude towards troubles and conflicts so that we may effectively serve Christ in the midst of crisis.
Scriptures: Psalm 86:11-17 A prayer for God’s protection and support in the midst of attack.
Matthew 10:5-23 Jesus commissions and instructs the disciples to share the gospel in the regions around Capernaum.
What did Jesus mean when he sent the disciples as “Sheep among wolves?” How do we go about learning to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves? Which part do we tend to have the hardest time keeping – the wisdom or the innocence? How are we challenged by the world and the people around us? What role does that challenge play in our learning and growing in Christ? What do we need to do in order to develop the strength and confidence to serve Christ without becoming reactive or hostile?
Description for Wednesday June 24, 2020
Scripture is read from NRSV Bible (New Revised Standard Version)
Permission to podcast/stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-730666 and CCLI Streaming License CSPL069066. All Rights reserved.
Song “Cry of My Heart”
CCLI Song # 844980
© 1991 Mercy / Vineyard Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music, David C Cook))
CCLI License # 1644445
Glory to God Hymn #792 “There is a Balm”
TEXT: African American spiritual
MUSIC (BALM IN GILEAD 188.8.131.52 with refrain): African American spiritual;
arr. Melva Wilson Costen, 1989, alt.; arr. © 1990 Melva Wilson Costen
Liturgist: Graham Anderson
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