This is a week to preach about behaviour. I would have used our Old Testament lesson but the story of David and Absalom is just too depressing to look at so instead we dove into Ephesians. This portion of Ephesians is one of the places that St. Paul tells us some of the behavioural characteristics of the followers of Jesus.
What is interesting is that what it all comes down to in the end is exactly how well we imitate God. Much of what Paul tells us is commonsense but it becomes uncommon when we realize that by practicing what he talks about we are demonstrating our connection to God, with whom we have a relationship through Jesus.
I was tempted to spend more time on the whole “Be angry but do not sin” bit but if I ever have the nerve to really deal with that I think it will require a whole sermon . . . or two.
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- Date: August 12, 2012
- Liturgical Sunday: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
- RCL Scripture: Psalm 130; 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51
- Sermon Title: How should we behave?
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