I received considerable verbal feedback from last Sunday at Histon Baptist Church and am busy preparing for next Sunday. It really helps to have engaged with my church family.
On Feb. 8th the question comes from Luke 6:43-49: "Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not do what I say?"(verse 46) It is set in the middle of a block of teaching we call 'The Sermon on the Plain'. Jesus is addressing his disciples and you cannot help but feel an immense sadness. I see a poignant challenge for today. I shall link Jesus' story of the two builders (rock versus sand) with Paul's contrast of building with gold, silver or wood and straw (1 Cor. 3:10-15).
So, the sermon's main impact is: By the grace of God this sermon will say that our words and deeds show who we are more than we realize; this sermon will do - challenge hearers about how we are living our lives in Christ's way. I also have to produce some questions for further reflection. If they seem to make sense (and sometimes people have complained about my obtuseness!) I may post them shortly.