Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sunday's sermon

Sermon text: Matthew 10:32-39

This little passage raises some really interesting questions.
  1. Jesus says that his acknowledging of us in heaven is based on us acknowledging him here on earth. That sure sounds like salvation by works?
  2. Jesus says he did not come to bring peace but a sword. And here I thought Jesus would always bring peace where ever he went, after all he is called the "prince of peace". Conflict may be from God?
  3. Jesus says he came to divide families. What not to unite them? Instead of "the family that prays together stays together", Jesus is saying "the family that prays to me will be split"?
Now I want to run and solve these questions. But I have found that if I run and try and make everything fit together too quickly I just end up ignoring what Jesus is saying.
What is he saying?


Peter said...

Wow. Ben, let me know what you actually said.

Ben said...

If you are interested our church posts all our sermons online ( Though last week's sermon is up yet - volunteers put it up and when it goes up is dependent upon their work schedule.
But I basically said:
God demands our ultimate allegiance. We are "saved" by grace, enter into the kingdom of God. But this isn't a ticket to heaven it is a pledge of allegiance to Jesus. This allegiance will bring conflict and division, even though it preaches peace. And this allegiance is to be greater than our allegiance to our families