Acts 4:23-37; Psalm 23; I John 3:1-8; John 10:11-16)
FOURTH SUNDAY of EASTER
May 14, 2000
I told some people that this morning I would be doing something a little unusual during the sermon ... and no one seemed surprised!! In fact, several people rolled their eyes as if to say, "what now". hmmmmmm
I will be using the newsprint during the sermon. For the choir, and for Roy and Virginia I will say everything I write down so I hope you don't miss too much. We have also included an insert in the bulletin for sermon notes. Please feel free to use it. I won't know if you are taking notes or doodling so go ahead. If having these sermon notes forms is helpful, please let me know and we will do it again.
One thing this set-up demonstrates -- this is a real aside -- is the differences in church architecture between denominations. We find it strange to have the pad in the center of the aisle .. for that matter, to have the preacher in the center of the aisle whereas in some denominations that is the normal position. The difference results from what part of the service the denomination considers central -- most important. For Episcopalians that has always been the sacrament as symbolized by the altar. The altar is always central and visible with nothing blocking the view.
In other denominations, the teaching and preaching of the "word" are central -- more important than communion. As you might imagine, I like our emphasis -- but it is a personal preference.
Our topic today is "conversion" -- a word we hear a lot. A phrase or concept we hear about frequently - even if indirectly: "Have you been saved?" "Have you invited Jesus Christ into your life?" "Is Jesus your Lord and Savior?" .... Those questions are all questions about conversion. ... Or at least part of conversion.
I will use several broad generalities today. Please do not be concerned that they do not apply to everyone. They don't. I know that. But somet ...
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