Olympia Fields United Methodist Church, serves the south suburbs. Join us for worship @ 9:30 a.m.
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“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength because he considered me faithful. So he appointed me to ministry even though I used to speak against him, attack his people, and I was proud. But I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and without faith. Our Lord’s favor poured all over me along with the faithfulness and love that are in Christ Jesus. This saying is reliable and deserves full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I’m the biggest sinner of all. But this is why I was shown mercy, so that Christ Jesus could show his endless patience to me first of all. So I’m an example for those who are going to believe in him for eternal life. Now to the king of the ages, to the immortal, invisible, and only God, may honor and glory be given to him forever and always! Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:12–17, CEB)
All too often, when I examine my behavior, I come to realize that various insensitive opinions trace to lack of knowledge, inexperience, unfamiliarity. It’s easy to think that because of unawareness, I have a valid explanation for an action that eventually determines, a poor choice. Simply, no. Experience continually demonstrates that ignorance doesn’t make for a good excuse.
Mercifully, I’ve come to understand through Scripture that God loves and forgives me. This healing word is exemplified by Jesus’ followers who work(ed) to expand understanding. Teachers, like the Apostle Paul, echo passion in pointing this out, still inspiring discipleship through patient dialogue and persistent discernment… leading to positive decisions.
Pastor Rich Wagner
Sunday, September 15, 2019 Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Gospel Reading: Luke 15:1-10
Sermon Title: “Learning through Love”