Sunday, January 24, 2016


Sunday, January 24, 2016, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 69

PRAYER for Today:
Father, we know You are able to heal the hearts and souls of all of us who are broken. Help us Father to accept your grace that we might be reconciled to you. We ask for Your will to be done and that we may act saintly towards our fellow sojourners who around the world are hurting so that they might see a little of You in our daily lives.  It is in His name we pray. Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSON for Today: Matthew 28:16-20 (KJV)
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

SERMON for Today:

Some theologians would have you believe that the doubters spoken of in verse seventeen did not include any of the eleven disciples, but they have no way of knowing.  The appearance of Jesus after His death I am sure was difficult for a lot of folks to comprehend.  They probably went around and around in their heads on what they were seeing and when they were not in His presence probably questioned their own minds.

There is no question as to what Jesus said to them.  He told them flat out that He was all powerful.  That He had been put in charge of everything on earth and in heaven. Then He gave them a command. The command He gave them this time was much different than the one He had given them earlier in His ministry when He sent them out saying, “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.” (Matthew 10:5-6)  In His last command He included everyone. He said, “teach all nations.”

What did He want them to teach?  He wanted them to teach everything He had commanded them.  In other words He wanted them to teach “all nations” everything He had taught them.  He promised to go with them “even unto the end of the world.”
Jesus did not say go teach whatever you decide would best fit the culture or social opinions of your day.  Let me repeat this sentence. Jesus did not say go teach whatever you decide would best fit the culture or social opinions of your day.

Jesus did not give the authority to anyone to change His teachings for any political, social, or intellectual reason.  He simply said GO.

May God Richly Bless Your Life This Week and For Evermore. Amen.

© Ed Cooper, January 24, 2016, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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(Ed Cooper is an ordained Elder and minister in the Christian Church/Churches of Christ which are a part of the Restoration Movement started in Appalachia in the early 1800’s.  Ed started preaching as a teenager in the village churches around Mashoko Mission, Zimbabwe, Africa when he was a teenager there with his parents in the early 1960’s. Ed recognizes he is a flawed sinner needing God’s grace and your prayers.)

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