August 7, 2009

Open-source Sermon

Filed under: Uncategorized — kevinocoin @ 6:07 am

I will be preaching again at Gracepoint on September 6th on John 21:15-25.     I am interested in building my sermon differently, and so am asking for the input of the congregation.  Please read the relevant passage and feel free to provide me with anything that may be of interest or use to me for my sermon, but just to provide you with some guidance, I am looking mainly for (1) anecdotes, (2) insights, (3) illustrations, and (4) any questions about the text that you would care to have answered.  

If you have any of the above, please feel free to leave a comment on this post.  Anyone is welcome to do so; however, because this sermon is to be delivered at Gracepoint, I will only choose material submitted by those from Gracepoint.  To indicate that you are from Gracepoint, simply place a (GP) after your name.

Thank you in advance to everyone for your submissions.  I look forward to our building sermon together.


1 Comment »

  1. I love this passage. It is a picture of our Lord’s grace and love towards us and His understanding of our weaknesses and failures. He pulled Peter aside who had just a few days before that had denied Him three times. And 3 times asked him if he loved Him. To me it is as though Jesus allowed Peter to “take back” those 3 denials of Him in order to show the Lord his true heart. And that is oftentimes our struggle too – on the one hand we love the Lord and yet on the other we give in to “denials” of Him in our life by sin or lifestyle. And this passage shows me that that Jesus gives us that opportunity too.

    Also I look at the passage as a picture of the Church. Peter was the Rock on which Jesus proclaimed that He would build His Church – on that profession of faith in Himself. So the question was “Do you love Me?” Is the church’s mandate going to be faith and relationship with Christ or something else? And Jesus was giving the instruction to the Church that its mandate was to care for His sheep – a picture of relationship with Him. There would be the lambs – those weak or young in the faith. They were to be cared for and nurtured. This verse makes me think of 1 Thess. 5:14b “…encourage the fainthearted and help the weak.” Then there were the sheep – those who were more mature followers of Jesus – their Good Shepherd. The Church’s mandate is to shepherd His sheep on His behalf that they may grow in their faith, understanding of Him, fruitfulness and thereby bring glory to His name and bring others into the flock as well. This reminds me of Psalm 100:3b “…we are His people the sheep of His pasture.” So what an amazing privilege the Lord was giving to Peter (so graciously, in spite of Peter’s failure!) and to all those who followed him in his footsteps as taking on that charge to shepherd the flock. And I suppose that would also apply to all members of Christ’s church that we are to be in relationship with one another as His sheep and to care for one another as His followers.

    Comment by Judy Klassen — August 17, 2009 @ 7:53 am

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