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sermon resources for march 18, 2012 [Lent 5B]

sermon and preaching resourcesNumbers 21:4-9

The people of God are mumbling and complaining (again). We do in perpetuity, don’t we? We are terribly impatient with the way God does things.

But wait: aren’t people of faith supposed to conform to God’s expectations, not the other way around? Complaints and anger are sinful when they shift focus to ourselves at the center rather than God and God’s plans being at the center.

Perhaps the venomous snakes were manifestations of the venomous creatures God’s people were acting like. And looking up wasn’t so much at the bronze serpent as it was getting their eyes off of themselves.

Ephesians 2:1-10

Great opportunity to talk about being saved by grace through faith. In what ways can we then talk about our works—not as attempts to get saved by as thankful responses to being saved? We were made for good works.

We are God’s handiwork. What do our good works say about our Maker? Or, many pause to marvel at the work of God’s hands in nature—outcroppings of rocks, mountain-scapes, gorgeous waterfalls, etc; are we not just as marvel-ous? Do others ever pause to consider us as God’s handiwork. If others judged us based on our works, would we appear alive or dead?

John 3:14-21

The Greek word translated “lifted up” can also be translated “exalted”—there might be some interesting preaching nuances to be found here. Does it make a difference if Jesus is exalted on the Cross? What does that say about the event? There is urgency in that Jesus MUST be exalted in order to deliver eternal life to those who believe.

Again, we see the Biblical theme of light and dark revisited—truth and light being married together. The word rendered “truth” from the Greek root --essentially means “out in the open” or “transparent.” Hiding with one’s snakebites won’t ultimately bring healing; one has to be drawn out in the open where the Cross is.

 

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a field guide to contemporary worship

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