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The Bulletin Insert Sunday 2nd October, 2016 “Act Justly, Love Kindness and Walk Humbly….”

BULLETIN INSERT   Lismore Anglican Parish  

Sunday 2nd October 2016

“Act Justly, Love Kindness and Walk Humbly….”

Welcome to church today! This week’s gospel passage is a collection of Jesus’ sayings concerning four quite different themes relevant to the Christian life: sin, forgiveness, faith and duty.

In addressing sin, Jesus issues a dire warning to those who would tempt or lead others into sin.

Forgiveness – so easy to talk about yet so hard to do! Everyone has been offended or hurt by another in some way, and everyone has likewise offended or hurt someone – even inadvertently. Jesus tells us we must give this difficult matter high priority and extend ourselves in love, no matter how long it takes.

“Give us more faith!” the apostles asked Jesus. Were they asking the right question? Is it about faith, or is it really about faithfulness? Jesus used vivid illustrations of a mustard seed and uprooting a mulberry tree in describing the nature of faith.

And what about Christian duty? What does God require of us? The Old Testament prophet Micah captured the essence of God’s desire for us:

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” [Micah 6:8 ESV]

 

2 Timothy 1: 1-14

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thanksgiving and Encouragement

3 I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. 6For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; 7for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

8 Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, 9who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, 12and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. 13Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

 

 

GOSPEL   Luke 17: 1-10 [NRSV] Some Sayings of Jesus

[Concerning Sin] 1Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! 2It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble.

[Concerning Forgiveness] 3Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. 4And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, “I repent”, you must forgive.’

[Concerning Faith] 5 The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ 6The Lord replied, ‘If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea”, and it would obey you.

[Concerning Duty] 7 ‘Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from ploughing or tending sheep in the field, “Come here at once and take your place at the table”? 8Would you not rather say to him, “Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink”? 9Do you thank the slave for doing what was commanded? 10So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, “We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done!”