Sermon and Worship Resources
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (B)
"He taught them
as one having authority..."
Call to Worship:
L: The God who created
us, is calling us
P: Let us listen to God's voice
L: The God who loves us, wants to prepare us for his Kingdom
P: Let us enter God's gates with open hearts and open minds
L: The God who loves the Church is asking us to be one.
P: Let us stand together in unity and love to the
praise of our God!
More Important Than Being Right,
1 Cor. 8:1-13 & 1 Cor. 13
by Rev. Cindy Weber
A New Teaching, Mark 1:21-28,
by Rev. Thomas Hall
Food and Healing,
Mark 1:21-28 and 1 Cor. 8:1-13
by Rev. Hollis Wright (HW in HI)
What’s the Fruit of Spiritual Growth?
1 Corinthians 8:1-13 &
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
you ever insisted on being right on something and then it turned out
that you were wrong after all? I think we all have been in a situation
like that. That can be very embarrassing.
Knowledge is a tricky
thing. It often depends on perspective, and different people have
different angles from which they look at things. Today, I often use
qualifiers such as "I think" or "from my perspective" or "I'm not 100
percent sure, but . . ."
The apostle Paul,
author of the passage we read earlier, stated that realization a little
later in his letter. In Romans 13:12 he wrote: “Now we see but a poor
reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.” Socrates
said it like this: “I know that I don't know.”
What Paul is teaching
us here is that, as we spiritually grow, we should become aware that
love is what it’s all about in the end—not faith, not hope, but love. Or
in Paul’s own words: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.” (13:22)
And here we have it:
spiritual growth is for strengthening our faith and our hope. But that’s
not the main result: growing in love is the main fruit of spiritual
growth, above everything else; because love is what’s going to remain in
Today’s text provides
a case study of this lesson.
Case Study: Is
eating meat dedicated to idols ok?
over eating meat that was sacrificed to false gods. . .
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