As I begin, I want to say that last Sunday was a powerful service for our church and for our new deacon servants. I have great hope and great expectations for what our deacon servants will do for this church and for God in the next two years.
My sermon Sunday is from Matthew 16:13-20..."Peter's Confession of Christ." Jesus asks the disciples a question, "Who do people say that I am?" And they respond with "John the Baptist, Elijah, or one of the other prophets." Then Jesus asks another question...one that has a very fine point, "Who do you say that I am?"
The question that Jesus asks the disciples is one that we are asked every day that we live. We are bombarded with opportunities to not only say who we believe Jesus to be, but to live out our beliefs of who we think Jesus is.
With that said, I am convinced that we as a church have very similar opportunities. For example, on Monday August 15th, 5 people came into our office asking for help on their light bills. All of them are in some danger of having their service "interrupted" (disconnected) for non-payment. We paid a portion of all of those bills, though doing so completely depleted our benevolence funds for the month. When someone else comes in, how can we respond? How should we respond?
Ultimately, this question that Jesus asks, "Who do you say that I am?" leaves us with a choice, perhaps best described by C. S. Lewis. In his wonderful book Mere Christianity, Lewis writes, “You must make your choice. Either this man [Jesus] was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.
This is a choice we make not just on Sunday, but every day of our lives. Open your eyes to the needs around you, and decide for yourselves who Jesus truly is.
In His Peace,