Sermon for August 25th, 2019

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John 3:16-17 (NT page 94)

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

John 20:24-28 (NT page 115)

24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” 26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

The Apostles’ Creed – I Believe in Jesus, Part 1

A few years back (okay maybe a lot of years back), you may remember there was a fashion trend of wearing rubber bracelets, or t-shirts, or just about anything else, with the letters WWJD on them. WWJD stands for what would Jesus do, and the letters were supposed to remind people to ask the question, and then (presumably) to act better, like they imagined Jesus might have in any given situation. But sometimes it backfired. Like the mom who was serving her two sons pancakes for breakfast, and they were fighting over who got the last one. She said to them, "Now what would Jesus do, boys? I bet if he were standing right here today, he'd say, 'let my brother have the last pancake.'" So one brother turns to the other and says, "Okay, you be Jesus."

We are in the midst of a sermon series on the Apostles' Creed--one of the oldest statements of belief in Christianity--and today we come to the second line of the creed, "I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only son, our Lord."