2024 · Sermon

Sermon Notes April 2024

                                                            From Easter to Pentecost.

Theme: Healing of Jesus for our souls:

Focus:
We will use the rhythm of The Lectionary readings to unpack this theme.

Settings: Following the Bible’s definition of “soul” as the seat of our emotions. We will broaden this to cover the centre and core of who we are as our mother board from where we are wired. Possibly capturing the Image of God within us.

So based on that loose definition. From the lectionary texts we will examine what causes our central core to become faulty, to malfunction and to disconnect.

And then within the text identify how Jesus offers us healing.

7th April 2024:

Texts:
Cause:
1. Possessed by possessions Acts 4:32-35
2. Fear and doubt John 20:19-31
3. ⁠Disunity Psalm 133
4. ⁠Deception 1 John 1:1-2:2

Offer:
– be where the disciples are gathered John 20: 19-31
– ⁠be opened to hear and receive what Jesus is saying and doing John 20:19-31
– ⁠Blessings of Harmony Psalm 133
– ⁠Forgiveness 1 John 1:1-2:2

Suggested Practice:
Find a quiet place and be still so that you can use your senses for this,

Meditation:
Place yourself in the Gospel text of John 20:19-23

Acknowledge your Fear and allow yourself to see Jesus appear to you in the midst of your fear. Hear Jesus say to you,
“ Peace be with you “

See and look when Jesus shows you his wounds in his hands and his side

Feel the joy that fills you.

Listen and receive as Jesus commissions you.

“ Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you. “ Then he breathed on them and said. “ Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Do this for as many times as you are able in this week. If doubt is your fault then do the same steps above with the text from John 20: 24-31