This is my sermon from Westminster Church of Evansville from August 12, 2018. I’m just starting through the Gospel of John, so get ready!
“But what he is saying, as he does in one way or another throughout, is that just because God’s wedding party has been thrown open to all and sundry — to Gentiles as well as Jews, as Paul never tired of insisting — that doesn’t mean that once they’ve accepted the invitation they can carry on as though it wasn’t God’s wedding party. All are welcome; but all must dress appropriately.
– NT Wright, Lent for Everyone, Matthew 22 section
It is so good how he words it without getting into universalism. Yes, all are invited, but they must dress appropriately. And that dress isn’t good deeds or right morals, it’s Jesus. When we “put on Christ” (Romans 13:14) we are dressed appropriately for the Heavenly wedding party.
At the end of this, my brain was mush. I think it was more the fact that they had the band come out, sing worship songs and have a prayer time and then surprise us with another 30 minute speaker when it was supposed to be over that wore me out. Knowing how to pace yourself at these conferences is the difference between getting something out of it and just wanting to get out. I dismissed the guys at the mission as soon as Michael Frost was done talking, even though Verge still went on for unknown amounts of time.
That might also be the webcast aspect of it. It might be amazing in that room full of people worshipping and singing and getting on their knees praying, but as people watching it from home it’s different.
As I look over my notes, I notice the impact of having 5 speakers go “just a little bit over”on their time. I learned this the hard way once. Whenever people give you a chance to speak, it is your responsibility, as the one serving your audience, to not go over the time they’ve given you.
I look forward to the excerpts being posted on Youtube in the coming months.
I know there were some other speakers before Francis Chan, but he was the first one I heard. There were some good bits in here, and it was good that at the end he wrapped it up on a positive note. Sure not everything we call church is church, and sure not everything we say is Christian is Christian, but rather than giving up, strengthen what is good and what remains of Biblical Christianity.
“‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.
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