Lectionary Scriptures and Comments

Preacher #56, cover by Glenn Fabry

Preacher #56, cover by Glenn Fabry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Becoming A Preacher 092012

 

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Psalm 54 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2054&version=MSG

Judges 6:1-10 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges%206:1-10%20&version=MSG

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%202:1-5&version=MSG

 

Becoming A Preacher 092012

 

A member of our church is exploring the possibility of attending a Mennonite seminary www.ambs.edu  That’s a scary idea for any of us to consider, because not only is it a new line of work for new preachers, but it is horribly serious, important, and demands perfection!

 

1 Corinthians 2 and Paul share how this feels in verse 3:  I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else.”

 

I think every one of us, whether a preacher, a minister or pastor and also all disciples have this same feeling from time to time (and for preachers at least every Sunday morning) when we try to communicate about Jesus Christ.

 

For one, most people now think a preacher is in the same category as life insurance salesmen and used car salesmen (and maybe politicians also). Many alive today, at least in America, don’t want to hear it!

 

Like Paul, we are unsure, and scared to death and also face an unfriendly audience—-those considering studying to become a preacher should be cautious, and think and pray cautiously about this.

 

And pray for the peace of all others. Part of what we expect a pastor or preacher to do is to pray detailed lengthy prayers for all who are coming to Jesus, and all in pain and suffering.

 

brother Bill

 

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Psalm 54

Judges 6:1-10

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Psalm 54

The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm, When the Ziphites Reported to Saul, “David Is Hiding Out with Us”

54 1-2 God, for your sake, help me!
Use your influence to clear me.
Listen, God—I’m desperate.
Don’t be too busy to hear me.

Outlaws are out to get me,
hit men are trying to kill me.
Nothing will stop them;
God means nothing to them.

4-5 Oh, look! God’s right here helping!
God’s on my side,
Evil is looping back on my enemies.
Don’t let up! Finish them off!

6-7 I’m ready now to worship, so ready.
I thank you, God—you’re so good.
You got me out of every scrape,
and I saw my enemies get it.

Judges 6:1-10

The Message (MSG)

Gideon

1-6 Yet again the People of Israel went back to doing evil in God’s sight. God put them under the domination of Midian for seven years. Midian overpowered Israel. Because of Midian, the People of Israel made for themselves hideouts in the mountains—caves and forts. When Israel planted its crops, Midian and Amalek, the easterners, would invade them, camp in their fields, and destroy their crops all the way down to Gaza. They left nothing for them to live on, neither sheep nor ox nor donkey. Bringing their cattle and tents, they came in and took over, like an invasion of locusts. And their camels—past counting! They marched in and devastated the country. The People of Israel, reduced to grinding poverty by Midian, cried out to God for help.

7-10 One time when the People of Israel had cried out to God because of Midian, God sent them a prophet with this message: “God, the God of Israel, says,

I delivered you from Egypt,
I freed you from a life of slavery;
I rescued you from Egypt’s brutality
and then from every oppressor;
I pushed them out of your way
and gave you their land.

“And I said to you, ‘I am God, your God. Don’t for a minute be afraid of the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living.’ But you didn’t listen to me.”

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

The Message (MSG)

1-2 You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified.

3-5 I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else.

 

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