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sermon resources for january 22, 2012 [Epiphany 3B]

sermon and preaching resourcesJonah 3:1-5, 10

In case you missed it up to this point, Nineveh was the capital of Assyria—the bad guys, Israel’s enemy. In the eight and seventh centuries B.C.E., the Assyrians plundered, looted, and burned Israel’s cities and deported its inhabitants. In 722-721BCE, they destroyed the Northern Kingdom. Jonah presumably hated Nineveh—that was the last place he’d like to go. Tarshish, incidentally, is the opposite direction, on the coast of Spain.

This could be an opportunity to talk about running from God. We’ve all done it, one way or another. What happens when God calls us to do something we don’t want to do? This could be a chance to talk about how to discern God’s call upon us. Maybe ask the question why so many of the Biblical great ones first went the other way or came up with excuses when God came calling…

This is also a chance to talk about God’s mercy. God relents from destroying Jonah’s enemy. How often would we rather God wipe out our enemy rather than change them and save them? Isn’t that the better thing to hope for—that all might be saved?

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

The tone of this portion of Paul’s writing is one of urgency. Paul is not trying to belittle marriage, or mourning, or rejoicing; rather, Paul is asking the question about to which age the Corinthians belong: this passing age (temporal) or the age of Jesus Christ (eternal). Paul wishes to emphasize not getting bogged down in the things of this age—all the things of this age, even the noble things.

Mark 1:14-20

We are called to be followers and disciples of Jesus rather than admirers. I think the church often gets this backward.

This could be a chance to talk about teamwork—that Jesus calls disciples, he calls a team. Perhaps it’d be pushing it a little, but one could even say that individually, not one was all that impressive. But together, this little band of twelve changes the world.

Contrast what Mark says about time with how modern preachers often twist what Paul says about time. Yes, our need to act is urgent, but both Mark and Jonah know that this “now is the time” stuff is actually God’s mercy. Urgency can often sound like judgment at first until one sees that the Kingdom is really about grace and peace—Good News.

 

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a field guide to contemporary worship

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