Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sermon: “Imperfect Perfection”, Matthew 5:43-48 (February 19, 2017)



For those of you who don’t know, our Wednesday night Logos program for elementary-aged kids includes a learning portion, a sort of Wednesday night church school. While the younger class is learning about major Bible stories this year, the older class is learning about worship—what we do, why we do it, how we do it, and how it reflects God’s Word. Really important stuff to know, and they’re doing a really great job digging into it. A few weeks ago, the class was focusing on the part of worship where we hear the Word of God—the scripture readings and the sermon—and they asked me how pastors choose what passages to preach about. I explained that there are two main ways that pastors (at least in our tradition) choose scripture. The first is situationally—if there’s a special event or set of circumstances (like a funeral or a major world crisis that needs to be addressed from the pulpit or even just a sermon series on a particular theme) we’ll choose a passage that speaks to that particular context. The students were, of course, in awe of the fact that we have to know the WHOLE BIBLE in order to pick one part, and I reassured them that between a Seminary education and Google, it wasn’t as bad as they imagined.