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

Feb 18, 2017

Focus passage: Matthew 5:38–48 For a download of the audio file click the direct download link at the bottom of this page.

The Jesus story is all about God going the extra mile with us because we just can’t carry the burden ourselves. Call that defeatist if you will, but to me it is exactly the opposite, for I believe that every time I fail, there is forgiveness, a new start, a new possibility. It is on this foundation, on the God of love revealed in Jesus that I have built my faith. Each of us should strive to live the vision of the Sermon on the Mount then, but when we fail or fall short, do not give in, instead remember as our reading from Corinthians reminded us. We belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God. Let’s get up then, and keep going and loving, as best we can. When we fall God will pick us up; when we stray the Shepherd will bring us back onto the path; when we are in darkness Jesus will light the way and when we are lost he will find us.

Questions for thought or discussion
When you hear that we should love God with all that we are and our neigbour as ourselves how do you think we measure up? What is the role of Jesus when we are lost or fall short? How can we keep going if we are imperfect?

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