Sunday, January, 12, 2014 | 8:14 AM | by pastordayne
January 9, 2014, Baptism of the Lord
What was the worst sermon you've ever heard?
What makes a bad sermon?
This week, we hear three "sermons" in the texts, including a complete retelling of the Gospel in ten verses. What do these sermons tell us about our calling to discipleship?
First Servant Song
These passages in Isaiah became very important to the early church in their understanding of the person and work of Jesus. They helped those early Christians understand Jesus and understand how God was using his life and passion in their salvation.
"One will show us the light"
Peter's sermon to Cornelius' Household
God shows no partiality
No one has to "lift up their face," all are equal in God's sight
Belief leads to forgiveness.
Baptism of Jesus
"Scandal of Jesus' Baptism" implies that it really happened this way, and that was a problem for the early church, because who baptized John?
What does it mean that Jesus never baptizes anyone?
Early Sermon Thoughts
Title: The Challenge of "Well Pleased"
If there is no other point where Jesus shows baptism, we are also meant to understand ourselves in Jesus' story. It is our baptism that unites us in MINISTRY with Jesus, and our challenge is for God to see what we're doing, and be pleased with the lives we are living. Quite a challenge!
Next Week (No meeting, Pastor Dayne in Rapid City for Sessions Committee)
1 Corinthians 1:1-9