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SermonSuite June 25, 2017
Matthew 10:24-39
Romans 6:1b-11
Genesis 21:8-21
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
From Pulpit to Pew is a free weekly newsletter from SermonSuite.com designed to assist clergy with their sermon-writing tasks. Each newsletter includes an article from SermonSuite on the art of preaching, as well as quality sermon illustrations relating to the weekly lectionary texts. In addition to the homiletics article and sermon illustrations are SermonSuite highlights for the week and a listing of all resources available from SermonSuite for the week's lectionary readings.
In this issue:
  • Adversity one suffers in faithfulness to God — Sermon exegesis and commentary by Russell F. Anderson based on Genesis 21:8-21, Romans 6:1b-11, Matthew 10:24-39 and Jeremiah 20:7-13 excerpted from Lectionary Preaching Workbook: Series V, Cycle A. (SermonStudio)
  • Whom to Fear; Not Peace, But a Sword — Worship resources based on Matthew 10:24-39 by Wayne H. Keller excerpted from Lectionary Worship Workbook: Series II, Cycle A Gospel Texts. (SermonStudio)
  • No Fear — Children's sermon by Arley Fadness based on Matthew 10:24-39 from CSSPlus (Children's Sermon Service...Plus).

Lectionary Preaching Workbook: Series V, Cycle A

Adversity one suffers in faithfulness to God
Sermon exegesis and commentary by Russell F. Anderson based on Genesis 21:8-21, Romans 6:1b-11, Matthew 10:24-39 and Jeremiah 20:7-13 excerpted from Lectionary Preaching Workbook: Series V, Cycle A. (SermonStudio)

BRIEF COMMENTARY ON THE LESSONS

Lesson 1: Genesis 21:8-21 (C)
Sarah jealously guards the rights of her natural son, Isaac, by ordering Abraham to throw out her slave girl, Hagar, with her son. God speaks to Abraham in his distress about the plight of Hagar and her son, telling him to do as Sarah wished because his descendants would be counted through Isaac. Furthermore, God would also make a great nation through Ishmael.

Lesson 1: Jeremiah 20:10-13 (RC); Jeremiah 20:7-13 (E, L)

Jeremiah was born about 650 B.C. and began his ministry in the 13th year of King Josiah's reign. As the Babylonian threat mounts, the prophet warns his nation to repent or face destruction at the hand of the enemy. His message is met with great antagonism and consequent isolation. In great distress of soul, Jeremiah accuses God of being deceitful with him and taking advantage of his weakness. The prophet makes a pact with himself not to speak any longer in the name of the Lord, but the word of the Lord is like fire in his bones. We witness in this text Jeremiah's painful struggle to be faithful in his calling to be the Lord's spokesman.

Lesson 2: Romans 6:1b-11 (C); Romans 5:12-15 (RC, L); Romans 5:15b-19 (E)
Paul views Adam as the pioneer of sin and Christ as the progenitor of salvation. The disobedience of the one man, Adam, unleashes the power of sin. The obedience of the one man, Jesus Christ, makes many people righteous. Just as sin exercises dominion in death, so also, grace exercises dominion through justification. Chapter 6 continues by pointing out that those who have been baptized into Christ have put to death their sinful natures. Since they are now new persons in Christ, they can no longer continue under the sway of sin and death.

Gospel: Matthew 10:24-39 (C); Matthew 10:26-33 (RC); Matthew 10:(16-23) 24-33 (E); Matthew 10:24-33 (L)
The tenth chapter contains a number of sayings which the Lord spoke at different times in his ministry concerning opposition and suffering, which his disciples ought to expect. The disciples should not expect better treatment than their teacher (v. 25). As Jesus was maligned, so too would be those called by his name. They are counseled not to be anxious about their fate or fearful of their enemies' unwarranted accusations. Truth would triumph. There is nothing hidden that would not be revealed in the judgment of God (v. 26). God cares about the smallest aspect of their existence and so they can commend their lives into his keeping. The only fear that the disciple of Jesus should have is that she would turn her back to the Lord....click here for the rest of the article


Worship Resources
Janice Scott
Whom to Fear; Not Peace, But a Sword
Worship resources based on Matthew 10:24-39 by Wayne H. Keller excerpted from Lectionary Worship Workbook: Series II, Cycle A Gospel Texts. (SermonStudio)

The Community Gathers To Celebrate The Season Of The Holy Spirit

Invitation to the Celebration

How (not why) did we come today?

1. As spectators waiting for someone to do something for, to, with us; or as participants making something happen?

2. As people ready to say "yes" to God and fellow humans; or as people who say, "No, maybe, later"?

3. As humble ones who have more questions than answers; or as self-righteous ones who pretend to have all of the answers? (Pause.) Do we come breezing in, or dragging in? With openness, or with calculation? Joyfully or morosely? Do we come broken or whole, or a mixture?

Response

(Choir) "O Come, Let Us Celebrate" (Richard Gerig, 1975).

Affirmation of Joyful Expectations (Pastors and Ministers)
P: Come on! Let's celebrate the Presence and Power of God, the God who Creates, Sustains, Liberates, Energizes; the God who came in Jesus the Christ to transform the world and begin the new creation!...click here for the rest of the resources

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Mary Austin
Do I Have to Invite Jesus Over for Thanksgiving?
Matthew 10:24-39; Genesis 21:8-21

Daytime talk shows, podcasts, and reality TV shows remind us every day that family drama is common, even normal. Advice columns are full of questions about where to place our loyalty. What are our obligations to in-laws, stepchildren, and extended family? What about the troublesome family? The abusive family? None of these questions would have made any sense in Jesus’ day, where loyalty to family was a sacred obligation and duty to family was clear. Family strife may have been normal, but there was no option to check out of the family and find a new one.
     The question of who belongs comes at us constantly, in a world where we can select our own tribe. We can choose to live near people who share our economic status, work with people who share our values, and vacation with people who love the same places. We can eat with people who follow the same eating plan, and shop with people who share our taste. At the ballgame, we sit with people who have the same loyalties. Our news comes slanted to our particular taste.
     But Jesus pokes his way into our cocoon, raising the question of who belongs in a wider family of faith; and Abraham and Sarah, believing they’re following God’s plan, make a choice to exclude rather than include. So who belongs? Who gets to come over for a family dinner?...more
Proper 7 | OT 12
The Gospel assigned for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost comes out of the heart of Matthew 10. Last week's text brought us through Chapter 10:23. In the optional verses from 10:9-23 we heard Jesus give additional words of instruction for the disciples as they are set to carry out their mission to Israel. In 10:16-23 there begins a section of Jesus' call and commissioning that portends a mission that will be very difficult....more
Mark Ellingsen
Living in Jesus can ease our anxieties
In accord with the overall theme of the Pentecost season, all the texts for this Sunday pertain to living the Christian life (sanctification), specifically with how Christian life is easy, for it is not our work but the result of God’s grace....more
C. David McKirachan
Going Native
Matthew 10:24-39
A few years ago, when I’d been in my then church about 10 years, I took a continuing education course called Renewal in the Long Pastorate. Walter Wink and Roy Oswald came at the attendees from both directions, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. To get in you had to be in your present parish at least eight years....more
Janice Scott
Gotcha!
Steven couldn't believe his luck. He'd been slouching around the shopping centre with his hands in his pockets feeling miserable because he had no money. There was a new computer game he was desperate to buy, because all his friends had it and were raving about it. Steven had been wandering around the shop gazing longingly at the game, but he had no means to buy one....more
Arley K. Fadness
No Fear
Object: Football or bicycle helmet

Have I got something to show you today! But first I have a question.
Are there things that make you afraid?  (children answer)
Are you afraid of the dark? Are you afraid of thunder?
Are you afraid of getting sick or hurt in sports?...more
 

Children's sermon
Arley K. Fadness

No Fear
Children's sermon by Arley Fadness based on Matthew 10:24-39 from CSSPlus (Children's Sermon Service...Plus).

Object: Football or bicycle helmet

Do not fear... (v. 28)


Good morning girls and boys,

Have I got something to show you today! But first I have a question.

Are there things that make you afraid?  (children answer)

Are you afraid of the dark? Are you afraid of thunder?

Are you afraid of getting sick or hurt in sports?

At Halloween you children love to do fun things that make others afraid. Ghosts and ghouls and goblins and kids with scary masks and costumes jump out and try to scare you. But you really aren't afraid are you? (children share)...click here for the rest of the children's sermon

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