Here’s an excerpt:
"As I thought about what to share today, lots of big ideas crossed my mind. I could talk about Grace, the namesake of our church, and how vital it is to life. Much of what God says about grace in the bible is spoken through Paul, whose conversion was not only miraculous but changed the trajectory of the Church as we know it today. And all of these things are good, true, and inspiring.
But the reality of the matter is, my week was full and heavy and at points really hard to carry. I struggled to be a good mother, to be a wife who was anything short of crabby and overwhelmed, to accomplish the many tasks that were before me without ripping my kid’s heads off, for just being children, in the process. Oh, and I had to write a sermon for today. Small detail. And I got to thinking, maybe some of you had an incredibly crappy week, too.
So instead of searching for a some grand message out there, I realized probably the best thing I could do for you today was talk about how Jesus intersects with our everyday, ordinary walking around life right here, even if, especially if, things have been really hard. We so often think we need to reach for the big lofty things in life when all we really need to do is bend down low to the ground, humble ourselves, and do the next right, unglamorous thing in front of us. Not only that, but it’s vital that we do those things together because that’s where we encounter Jesus.
As Christians, like we read in Scripture today, we are called to love one another and carry each other’s burdens. But we run into some hangups when we try to put that into practice, right? So we’re going to talk about how to work through a few of those hangups this morning..."
P.S. I didn't mention it in my sermon, but I wanted to publicly say that while I couldn't carry what this week threw at me by myself, my husband helped shoulder the load. He made sure we were able to accomplish the tasks that were before us, gave me the space I needed to complete mine, and helped us have fun in the process. I wouldn't have made it without him. ❤️
Listen to the sermon in full below.
Galatians 6 (NIV)
Doing Good to All
6 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restorethat person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are somethingwhen they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
5 Ways Churches Can Support Foster Care, Outreach Magazine. http://www.outreachmagazine.com/features/service-features/30019-5-ways-churches-can-support-foster-care.html
An Altar in the World: A Geography of the Faith, by Barbara Brown Taylor.
Commentary on Galatians 6:1-10: Freedom to Fulfill Responsibilities, BibleGateway via IVP New Testament Commentaries. https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/Gal/Freedom-Fulfill
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