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Gospel centred sermons, based on the lectionary often in advance.

Jun 11, 2016

Focus Reading Lk 7:36-8:3 Direct download of MP3

Life of the Party
Because of the Lord's Supper and the banquet parables we so often think of Jesus as the host rather than the guest at meals. In fact when we read the New Testament we discover that generally Jesus is the guest at other people’s meals. He is not an easy guest. Mission, and discipleship, following Jesus is not only about inviting and attracting people to join us in church. It is far more, about going to people where they are, being guests, and announcing God’s love by witnessing our faith and bringing life to the party. This is what Jesus and the woman did in today’s gospel reading.
It reminds me of an episode of the Flintstones. Barney and Fred go to charm school so they can take their wives to a charity ball. The event is very boring so the boys, liven up the proceedings. It turns out charm school taught mostly not manners but how to bring life to the party. Some of the guests are mortified but the rest have a much more enjoyable time. We are called to bring life to the party!

Questions for thought and discussion.
As a church and as individuals how can we go where the people are, and witness our faith in words and service? How do we get the gospel into the shopping centres, gyms, businesses, and homes of our neighbours neighbours?
How do we bring life to non-church functions, parties, work places and public places?

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