Copyrighted by Troy Sybrant Sermon

How Does Your Faith Suit You? Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 March 22, 2015

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: How Does Your Faith Suit You? Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

How Does Your Faith Suit You?

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

15As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Lenten Candle Extinguishing :

On the night of that first Passover a community prepared to leave Egypt for an unknown future. They left in such haste that bread didn’t have time to rise.

It was a mixed crowd that left Egypt—some faithful believers, others simply along for the ride. When Jesus called Peter from his nets, he didn’t have time to dry them before leaving.

The people that Peter and other disciples would catch were a mixed crowd—some good fish, others bad. Jesus came to save us all—healthy and sick, righteous and unrighteous—and some were as offended as if rotten fish were baking in the sun. By so doing, he takes another step toward the cross.

Let us pray. God who goes before us, we are a mixed crowd, divided amongst ourselves, divided within our own hearts. We are a mixture of faithful and foolish, of good and bad fish.

You go before us as a pillar of cloud by day, a pillar of fire by night. You go before us to prepare a mansion for us, but we would rather dwell in the tents of the wicked.

We would prefer to extinguish the Light of the World, but you come back for us so that all might find a home in you. Thank you for loving us so much, O God. Amen.

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