The scripture for this Sunday is Luke 3: 1-6. The sermon title is: “Location! Location! Location!”
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This is a Bread Based series from John chapter 6.
Imagine Jesus talking about eating his Body and drinking his Blood. Makes me think of vampire movies like True Blood and the like. But of course Jesus was using it as a metaphor.
Enjoy these 4 Sermons that capture the true essence of the Bread of Life.
Sermon #1. It’s Not About the Bread
Reading John 6.1-21
Synopsis Today begins a month long lectionary ‘bread-based’ focus on John 6. But seriously, how much bread do any of us REALLY need? (How many bread sermons can I really come up with any way?). Good thing these texts have very little to do with bread and a lot to do with how Jesus acted in order to show us who he is!
Sermon #2. See Food
Reading John 6:24-35
Synopsis Another bread-borne text, as we mentioned 2 weeks ago…and more to come! But today it’s all about see-food, as it were. Apparently, John’s audience has a vision deficiency (v.26). There is something in the bread of life that opens one’s eyes to see that in Jesus is the kingdom of God and the gift of God for the salvation of the world.
Sermon #3. Wonder Bread
Reading John 6:35, 41-45
Synopsis Manna in the Wilderness. Wonder of Wonders! And maybe John puts this incident on the lips of Jesus to remind us of the wonder of the ways God has been feeding his people for very long time.
Sermon #4. You are What You Eat!
Reading John 6:56-69
Synopsis Jesus talking about eating his body and drinking his blood was a strong, distasteful metaphor that was not only lost on a lot of people, but it also made a lot of people lose their lunch, so to speak. Still does. But if Jesus has the word of eternal life, and you are what you eat…then clearly, we are to be Jesus…to one another, our community and the world.
I thought about titling this sermon: “These Boots Were Made for Walking” mostly because the passage opens with Jesus walking through some grainfields…and in the second part of the passage he walks into the synagogue again. But the point is not about walking. It’s about how Jesus would have us think about the rolls of rules and love in our lives. That being said, “What field is Jesus walking through in our lives, plucking ears of corn of from our sacred rituals? Who is Jesus healing that we believe should remain sick?
Reading Mark 2:23-3:6
These few short verses are really all about family…or better a home that the family of God has when faith is shared…not the kind of home we think of when we think of bricks and mortar. In a day and time when so many are searching for a sense of identity and belonging in so many different ways, the Apostle Paul’s contention is that identity is found not in and with the flesh or things of the flesh, in a relationship with God…NOT with another.
reading Romans 8:12-17
Not only is the selection of Judas’ replacement among disciples a bit random, (they rolled the dice on the choices that were before them), both the winner of roll and the runner up, do not appear again in Scripture. What’s more, we know very little about them beyond this passage. Perhaps this may give an occasion to think about those people in our lives we have forgotten, or who have had a role in shaping our faith but then seem to step out of lives or into other things.
Reading Acts 1:1517, 21-26
No, NOT the soap opera that ran on CBS for 54 years, but as the WORLD turns, and churns, actually, Jesus has something to say about it and give to it. There is a lot in that word WORLD in John 3:1! Good and bad alike…But God’s love covers it all…every bit of it… especially the bad… and that’s really what makes it turn.
Reading John 3:14-21
I used to think that this scene on Jesus “cleansing the temple” as it’s often referred to, gave us license to take the whip, so to speak, to overturn any number of injustices as we perceive them. But one right puts a whole different perspective on this for me. Paul Shupe says, “The text pushes us to imagine Jesus entering our own sanctuaries and overturning our own cherished rationalizations and driving us out in the name of God”. How appropriate that the season of Lent offers us the freedom to confront this reality of our own brokenness.
Reading John 2:13-22
There is something about the cross! It can be found in some fashion in almost every church. But it’s to be much more than a symbol. It’s a call to a way of life… the way of a Jesus follower. What does this way and look like? It actually looks like a man…hanging on one.
Reading Mark 8:31-38