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Servants of the Mystery

. 2 min read
2014/01/05
Christ Church, Mountain Top, Epiphany
      Covenant Prayer, Holy Communion
Prayer,
Psalm 72
Children,
Matthew 2.1-12
Message,
Isaiah 7.10-16
Announcing
a pregnancy — Baby brain
      Paul’s brain: Jesus
      Paul’s trigger word: “Gentiles”
In
Greek, 2 very long run-on sentences!
      Verses 2-6
      Verses 7-12
Abolished the dividing wall of hostility
Made both groups into one (2.14-15)
      The Berlin
Wall
      Race in America
      Gentile & Jew forming a new community!
      Wise Men
The Dynamics of Hostility (2) & Grace (3, indented):
Scarcity : Surplus
      Scarcity of resources – musical chairs
      “There can be only one”
      Winners & losers
      Fellow
heirs of “the riches of his grace” (1.7, 1.18, 2.7)
            Connected
to Jesus
      The more who share, the more it grows
(mission)
      Inclusion for Jesus’ sake

Exclusion (Rejection) : Embrace
(Miroslav Volf)
      Differences > Similarities
      Ignore the image of God in one another
      Rejection (race, class, gender, party)
      Fellow
members of the same body (1.23, 2.14-16, 4.4, 4.16, 5.32)
            Connected
to one another through Jesus
      Organ transplant and rejection – DNA
      Jesus’ disciples: Matthew the tax
collector, Simon the Zealot
      Fellow
sharers of the promise (1.12-13, 2.12)
            Connected
to a common future through Jesus
      Hope
      Bob Goff & family, 9/11 follow up
            Book, Love Does
            Have them over for dinner
Holy
Communion – Jesus invites us over to dinner
      Old social structures are lost
            hate father, mother, sister, brother
(Luke 14.26)
      All relationships defined by our
connection with Jesus
            (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, chapter 5)
Paul’s
trigger word: Gentiles
Paul’s
brain: all about Jesus