Monday, July 20, 2009

Our Book

Jim preached a wonderful sermon this morning. Oh, I know he said that he was just talkin' but if sermons are just for preachers, then he's a preacher. We got a tour around the Bible, some of his favorite parts, an encouragement to question as we search together the mysteries in the Bible, a model for a life-long study of the Bible and then an encouragement on how to live from Michah 6. "What does the Lord require of you but to seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God." And another from Matthew 7, "Ask and the door shall be opened, seek and you will find."

Jim came on the heals of two ordained preachers guest preaching at our church, a DS with a pile of years of experience, and another retired preacher with another pile of years of experience, and he could not have preached with better style, depth of understanding of the scriptures or a good healthy dose of God's Word.

Not that long ago, I heard another Jim, and a Mike, preach on the essentials of the Bible, and they both look a similar scope of the Bible and used some of the same scriptures to lift up three "Greats" in the Bible. (Jim Griffith and Mike Slaughter, a church start consultant and pastor of the vibrant Ginghamsburg, Ohio UMC).
  1. The Great Commandment: (Deuteronomy 6) "The Lord your God is one and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength." Later on Hillel and Jesus will add "and love your neighbor as yourself".
  2. The Great Requirement: (Jim's Micah passage) to seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly.
  3. The Great Commission: (from Matthew 28) "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations".
Tell us what you took away Sunday from Jim's sermon.
Thank you Jim.

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