Sermon: The Blasphemy of Denying Forgiveness
Sermon Scripture: Matthew 9:6-7
And just then some people were carrying a paralyzed man lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” Then some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.”
Song: “Be Thou My Vision”
Lectionary Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
Lectionary readings: (Read online)
Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; I Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22
Prayer of the Day
Holy God, through your Son you have called us to live faithfully and act courageously. Keep us steadfast in your covenant of grace, and teach us the wisdom that comes only through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Celebrating God’s Name: 1 Corinthians 1:23-24
We proclaim Christ crucified, the power of God and the wisdom of God.
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