At 07:56 AM 21/05/02 -0400, george murphy wrote:
> This coming weekend (of Trinity Sunday) I'll be preaching 3
>times & the first lectionary reading is Gen. 1:2-4a. It got me thinking
>- there's a lot of discussion here about how to understand Gen.1,
>evidence for it, &c &c &c. But how would people who take these various
>approaches _preach_ on it? How would you proclaim the gospel with this
>as your primary text in 10-12 minutes to a fairly broad audience of
>mostly church-going people but with some who might be quite unfamiliar
>with the Bible? Or for those not called to preaching - what kind of
>sermon of that length would be most helpful for the average congregation
>you're familiar with?
> This is really a pretty basic question. Various interpretations
>of Gen.1 may look good on paper but if they "won't preach" then they're
>probably not worth much.
> The Gospel reading for Trinity Sunday is Mt.28:16-20.
The Gospel should give you strength: " Lo, I am with you till the end of
the ages." And, the gospel tells you the most important things. Connect
that with Gen.1, without God's working we don't see a thing: the earth is
without form and void. Yes, the Spirit is at work, but the needed light
comes only after God gives it. The ages begin, and we know that Christ
will be with us to give us the insight, the light, as He promised to give
it in the gospel of the day.
Can you string that out to a 10 minute sermon? It should be encouraging.
Jan de K.
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