It had been a treacherous week. The Disciples ate the last meal with Jesus on Thursday and followed him to the garden to pray. Then there was the arrest, trial and torture of Jesus followed by his crucifixion. The Disciples were grieved and shocked by the progression of events. They knew that everything was over. All they had planned and hoped for would never happen. But then a new day started with an empty tomb.
The Disciples doubted. John the Baptist expressed his doubt when he asked Jesus, “are you the one?” We have our doubts. Thankfully Jesus didn’t reject those who doubted. Instead He encouraged them to stick around and develop their faith. How do we handle our doubts?
Jesus tells us not to worry. Yet there is so much to worry about. We worry about finances, relationships, health, politics and so much more. There is a never ending source of worries. How do we deal with these worries that we might live in peace.
When the disciples of Jesus got caught in a fishing boat in a storm they were afraid. They thought they weren’t going to survive the trip. When you are in a storm of problems and setbacks how do you cope? What do you do? Jesus gave some good advice on how to survive.
When Jesus was asked by the disciples to teach them to pray more effectively he gave them a template to follow. That template is readily available to us as well.
Christianity almost became a small sect of Judaism until a decision was made at the first Church Council. That decision would declare that grace was way more important than the Law of Moses. It would define Christianity forever.
Life can knock us down so that we lose hope. The Apostle Paul believes that the story of Abraham can renew us with hope.
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on February 17, 2019 by Rev. Fred A. Steinberg
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on February 10, 2019 by Rev. Fred A. Steinberg Gold Canyon United Methodist Church 6640 S Kings Ranch Rd. Gold Canyon, Arizona 85118 480-982-3776 www.GoldCanyonUMC.org
Sermon preached at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona on February 3, 2019 by Rev. Fred A. Steinberg