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"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me"   John 14:1

Texts & Discussion:
Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14


 

Commitment
New Life in Christ

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Prayer of Confession

Giver of all life, you call us into a relationship of love with you and with our fellow human beings. We confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart, that we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. Forgive us, we pray, and empower us so we may love you more than everything else, you who have loved us first. Let us seek to love you in receiving and serving, in our going out and our going in. Free us for a life in joyful obedience and commitment to you, our neighbor, and our world. May your love inspire and infuse our everyday lives. In Jesus name. Amen.

 

 

 

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Commitment, Acts 7:55-60
 by Rev. Frank Schaefer 

Commitment is probably is one of the most challenging and difficult subjects to talk about. Commitment is something we probably all struggle with.

You may have heard about the man named Blundon who around the turn of the century attempted to cross the Niagara Falls on a tightrope. Under the intent gazes of ten thousand onlookers he inched his way across the Falls. The spectators were just delighted and started to chant his name in celebration of this great achievement.

After the crowd had quieted, Blundon asked: “do you believe in me now?” And the people went “we believe, we believe!” Then he asked: “do you believe I can do it again?” And the crowd chanted: ‘we believe, we believe!” Encouraged by the affirmation, he asked: “do you believe I can do it with a person on my back?” At this proposition, the crowd went into a frenzy: “we believe, we believe!” But then he asked:” Do I have a volunteer?” and the crowd went silent. Could have heard a pin drop. Finally after a few minutes, there was one man of short stature who volunteered. And Blundon crossed successfully with this man on his back. What a ride that must have been; what a rush!

The simple point of this story is that belief without commitment is not very useful. Out of thousands of people who said: “I believe,” only one put his money where his mouth was. The difference between this man in contrast to the other ten thousand was commitment. Perhaps one could extract a formula on faith from this story:

faith = belief + commitment

The lesson from the book of Acts we have before us this morning shows us yet another example of committed faith. . . Subscribers: click here for full manuscript and all other sermons and resources

 
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