Sermon: “Choosing: Fear or Joy?”
Theme: God’s people must practice choosing to live in the love and joy of God rather than to be pulled into fear, grievances, and despair.
Purpose: The congregation will reflect on daily practices to choose serving Christ over dwelling in fear and worry.
Scriptures: Isaiah 55:1-9 Why do you spend your money on that which does not satisfy? Seek the Lord and know his ways.
Luke 13:1-9 Galileans speak of the atrocities committed against them, Jesus tells the parable of the fig tree bearing fruit.
Why do we spend so much of our time and energy on things that are meaningless? How is it that we become caught up in things that do not matter? What is the impact upon our relationship with God when senseless disasters and atrocities take place? How do we live in the healing and renewal of Christ Jesus rather than in the grief, hostility, and resentments of unresolved past hurts? What can we do to help others be part of what truly bears fruit rather than caught up in what does not add to anyone’s life?