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Intro to Preaching: Sermon #3 Manuscript

February 7, 2011

This is the first sermon I preached for my Intro to Preaching course.  The prep work is posted separately.

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4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

— Phillipians 4, 4-9

“Almost 24 million Americans have diabetes.”[1] My father and two of my little cousins, aged 7 and 9 are included in that number.  They have Type 1 Diabetes and have to prick their finger to check their blood sugar anywhere from 3 to 12 times a day and take insulin shots at least twice a day.  While someone with diabetes would not willingly deny treatment, of the “approximately 20.9 million American adults, or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population, [who] have a mood disorder,”[2] “fewer than half of those suffering from this illness seek treatment.”[3] “Why?” you ask?  According to the Institute of Mental Health, “many people resist treatment because they believe depression isn’t serious, that they can treat it themselves or that it is a personal weakness rather than a serious medical illness.”[4] Science discovered quite some time ago that mental illnesses are caused not by personal weaknesses, or spiritual ones for that matter, but rather chemical and/or hormonal imbalances that affect the way a person thinks and perceives the world around them.  It seems however, that the rest of the world is slow to catch up with this information. (more…)

Intro to Preaching: Sermon #3 Info

February 7, 2011

For the third sermon I preached for my Intro to Preaching course, I chose a public issue sermon and used Philippians 4:4-9.  Along with the sermon, we were required to turn in the following:

(1)  Select the Text: Philippians 4, 4-9; I selected this text as I thought it was a good text to explore in light of my topic of depression.

(2)  Reconsider the limits of the pericope:  I consider this pericope to be a logical part of the whole.

(3)  Establish a reliable translation of the text: I will be using the NRSV as I found it to be clear and concise.

(4)  Read the Text Aloud: It seems that Paul is not displeased with the church in Philippi but rather content with their spiritual growth thus far and excited about helping them continue to grow into their identity as believers in and followers of Jesus. (more…)

Intro to Preaching: Sermon #2 Manuscript

February 7, 2011

This is the first sermon I preached for my Intro to Preaching course.  The prep work is posted separately.

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12 It was told King David, ‘The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.’ So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing; 13and when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14David danced before the Lord with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod. 15So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

16 As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.

17 They brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place, inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt-offerings and offerings of well-being before the Lord. 18When David had finished offering the burnt-offerings and the offerings of well-being, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts, 19and distributed food among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people went back to their homes.

20 David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, ‘How the king of Israel honoured himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ maids, as any vulgar fellow might shamelessly uncover himself!’ 21David said to Michal, ‘It was before the Lord, who chose me in place of your father and all his household, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord, that I have danced before the Lord.22I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in my own eyes; but by the maids of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honour.’ 23And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.

— 2 Samuel 6, 12-23

The story at hand opens with David bringing the ark of God into the city of Jerusalem.  Just prior to this story however, after his first attempt to move the ark resulted in the death of Uzzah, David decides to leave the ark at the house of Obed-Edom.  You see, Uzzah had touched the ark which the Levitical law specifically says is forbidden.  Despite Uzzah’s desire to keep the ark from falling to the ground, the Lord struck Uzzah dead.  David was furious with God and then afraid of the consesquences of having the ark in his care.  With this in mind, David’s second attempt to move the becomes a bit more courageous.  David’s tense yet excited state is evident when, after only six steps, David sacrifices an ox AND a fatling to God.  That would have taken some time to accomplish but I think it is safe to say that David was willing to take the time in hopes that no one else would die during the transport of the ark.

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Intro to Preaching: Sermon #2 Info

February 7, 2011

For the second sermon I preached for my Intro to Preaching course, I chose 2 Samuel 6, 12-23.  Along with the sermon, we were required to turn in the following:

(1)  Select the Text: 2 Samuel 6, 12-23; I selected this text as I thought it would hold a good message for my home congregation.

(2)  Reconsider the limits of the pericope:  I consider this pericope to be a logical part of the whole.

(3)  Establish a reliable translation of the text: I will be using the NRSV as I found it to be clear and concise.

(4)  Read the Text Aloud: Just prior to this text David seems conflicted.  He is mad at God for killing Uzzah and he is no longer sure it is wise for him to have the ark of God under his care.  In this passage however, David is rejoicing at the possibility of bringing the ark to Jerusalem since God has apparently blessed Obed-Edom.  It seems David is taking care that things are done properly even down to the detail this time.  He isn’t quite as fixed on the end goal of just getting the ark to Jerusalem by the most efficient means available, but he is focused on the process.  Michal’s words of criticism seem (more…)

Intro to Preaching: Sermon #1 Manuscript

February 7, 2011

This is the first sermon I preached for my Intro to Preaching course.  The prep work is posted separately.  I don’t think my illustration was well placed and may not even be a good illustration to begin with.  But I have posted as I preached it.  It was intended to be a one-point, 5-7 minute sermon.

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1When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. 3Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. 5When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ 6Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7‘Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ 8At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, ‘Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? 9Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven”, or to say, “Stand up and take your mat and walk”?10But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he said to the paralytic— 11‘I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.’ 12And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’

—  Mark 2, 1-12

Recently I watched my friends’ five-year old son, Tyrone, while they went to dinner.  It was interesting to see him adamantly insist on “doing things himself.”  It was not the first time I experienced this and in fact I have vague memories of doing similar things as a child.  After all, learning how to do things is part of growing up.  What was interesting though, was that he still asked for help with things he either didn’t know how to do.  And then there were the times when I insisted I help him so he didn’t end up injuring himself in the midst of learning how to do something.

Growing up in the US usually means “being able to support yourself” or something along those lines and this is not all bad.  After all, we want our children to be confident enough in themselves to be able to live their lives to the fullest.  But what happens when this is emphasized so much that a son doesn’t dare ask his mother for financial help for fear of being ridiculed for not managing his money well?  Or how does this pan out when a brother doesn’t ask his sister for help moving their mother to a nursing home in her hold age? (more…)