Greetings my friends. It is Sunday August 14TH 2022, and this is the day that our LORD has made. Let us rejoice. Let us be glad in it. Let us celebrate this great new day of believing, following, trusting, loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Let us love our neighbor as ourself.
Last Sunday I preached my sermon – “Honor & Respect” – to my church family. It’s based on 1 Peter 2:10-2:25. I estimated it to be about a 45-minute sermon beforehand. I did quite a bit of ad-libbing within the sermon. It turned out to be closer to a full hour sermon – which – in our church – is the technical definition of being “long-winded”. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. I take it as a badge of honor to deliver a long-winded sermon every so often. (I won’t make it a habit.)
So as promised – now that I’ve preached the sermon – I’m presenting it in its original written form (without the ad-libs) starting with this #SundayScripture and continuing for the next 5 weeks after today.
All of my blog posts can be read in less than 5 minutes, so I’ll be breaking at convenient locations within my sermon. I hope that you’ll keep coming back to see what’s next.
Here’s Part 1:
Well Good Morning again. It’s good to be up here – standing here – on a Sunday morning – in the house of our Lord – at the altar – behind the pulpit – preaching God’s Word to you – sharing what I know about our God – Father, Son, and Spirit as One. I don’t know it all – not even close – but I’m learning more about Him and His way – with each new day. Any day that I’m not learning about our God – any day that I’m not being more like Him – that’s a wasted day. I had plenty of wasted days in my teens, 20s, and 30s. I’m not in to wasted days anymore, for tomorrow is never guaranteed. Every day should be the best day of my life.
In a couple of weeks I will observe and celebrate my 16TH anniversary of believing, and following, and trusting, and loving, and being more like our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Hallelujah. Amen. Our God – He gets all of the glory.
My last 3 sermons in a row – 3 months ago – were all unrehearsed, and spontaneous. I stood down there – in the – orchestra section – of our theatre. I had no idea what I was going to say until I actually said it. You know that can be dangerous. I’m not that good at being spontaneous whether it’s saying or doing. I’m much better – I’m much more content – I’m much more coherent – I’m much more detailed – when I’ve practiced or rehearsed saying or doing something over and over again. (It’s that O-C-D in me.) I’m more comfortable in that way. But it was a good experience that some of you got to see during those 3 weeks in a row – back in May.
This is a more traditional sermon of mine. I’ve got my iPad in front of me. It’s got my message on it. It’s based on my own personal study of the Bible. I know what I’m going to say. And I’m ready to preach God’s Good News.
Today I want to continue to share Peter’s first letter – near the end of the New Testament. It’s the 60TH book of the Bible (out of 66). It’s the 21ST book of the New Testament (out of 27).
Peter wrote his letter from Rome near the end of his life. He lived into his late-60s. He was actually about the same age as Jesus when He was walking this Earth with His apostles during His 3-year ministry. (Peter – being 1 of the 12 apostles.)
He wrote his letter to persecuted Christians in the region – particularly Asia Minor – which is modern-day Turkey. He wrote it to persecuted Christians in the First Century Church, and his letter is still very relevant today – almost 2,000 years later – as Christians are still persecuted today. Hello – fellow persecuted Christians.
(End of Part 1)
If you wish to learn more about the God I know then stay tuned to #SundayScripture. The best is yet to come !
Thank you for reading my blog for this day, and may:
The LORD bless you, and keep you.
The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN.
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