Zis-N-Zat From Pastor Asher

God is my conscience, Jesus lives in my heart… this blog is about what I see, what I think, what I do and how I serve God

Approximate Notes for Sunday Message; May 26, 2013

This week’s Scriptures are Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

You can read these Scriptures here (NIV2010)

 

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Today is known as Trinity Sunday. Today was set aside for the church to talk about the Trinity – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit – and what it means that we have only ONE God while we constantly talk about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Trinity Sunday is one among a very few Sundays when theological nerds like me can show off. It is an opportunity to deliver a “learned” and “heady” sermon. Pastors tend to love “learned” and “heady” sermons because they are easy to write. That being said, I want to save the topic of Trinity Sunday until summer.

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In the summer, starting with June 16, I will preach a series of sermons that for now I call Face2Faith, and in that series I will attempt to explain some theological concepts that many of us take for granted. I am talking about words which we can correctly use in a sentence, but which we have a hard time explaining to someone who is not familiar with the language of the Church.

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To give a few examples: What is Original Sin? What is the Trinity? What is Grace? What is a soul? What does it mean that we are made in the image of God? Why do we care about the answers to these questions?

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Today’s Gospel starts with Jesus telling his Disciples that he has many more things to teach to them, and we can extrapolate that understanding to ourselves. Jesus has many more things to teach to us. We also heard from Jesus that we learn these things through the prompting of the Holy Spirit and in my experience that prompting and presence is strongest when we are involved in mission…

The way we find meaning in our lives is rooted in the questions of faith. Answers to the questions of faith are flushed out and understood in the context of mission because the purpose of mission is to learn more about God, learn more about each other, get some work done.

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{Process of Discipling…}

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Church is a community of people who care about you and about each other, who will NOT necessarily solve your problems but who will challenge you to make constructive and productive decisions that will result in better dealing with the situations that invariably arise in our lives.

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In order to make Disciples we must plant seeds. Mission and outreach are two of the ways that we plant seeds. Yesterday we planted a lot of seeds just by being there, selling food at the Tea Party.

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Another possibility for seed planting: invite a thousand of your closest friends when I preach the Face2Faith series. Most everybody struggles with the existential questions of life and faith and these sermons will be dealing with some of those questions.

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The reason we sell food and water, the reason we have capital campaigns, the reason we have meetings, the reason we tend to the business of the church is so that we can find better ways to plant seeds and make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This goal is what should drive our communal life. “Preach the Gospel Always; use words only when necessary” said St Francis of Assisi…. Yesterday our church preached the Gospel and we did not use any words.

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I am also involved in mission aside from pastoring this church and being involved with the ministry of our conference.

{Illustration from personal practice of ministry and outreach}

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