Sermons

Baptism of the Lord: Dr. James K.A. Smith

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James K.A. Smith, preaching.

Sermon:
“Grace for the Long Haul”
Scripture:
Psalm 78:25-38, Matthew 11:25-39

Dr. James K.A. Smith is our guest preacher this morning. Dr. Smith is a professor of philosophy at Calvin University (formerly Calvin College) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Earlier today, Dr. Smith will teach an Adult Education class on his newest book, On the Road with Saint Augustine. His lecture is set for 9:30 am in Bonnell Hall. There is no 9:30 am worship service today.

Mortals ate of the bread of angels; he sent them food in abundance. He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind; he rained flesh upon them like dust, winged birds like the sand of the seas; he let them fall within their camp, all around their dwellings. And they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved. But before they had satisfied their craving, while the food was still in their mouths, the anger of God rose against them and he killed the strongest of them, and laid low the flower of Israel. In spite of all this they still sinned; they did not believe in his wonders. So he made their days vanish like a breath, and their years in terror. When he killed them, they sought for him; they repented and sought God earnestly. They remembered that God was their rock, the Most High God their redeemer. But they flattered him with their mouths; they lied to him with their tongues. Their heart was not steadfast toward him; they were not true to his covenant. Yet he, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them; often he restrained his anger, and did not stir up all his wrath. Psalm 78:25-38

At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:25-39