Preaching at Resurrection

Matthew 25:31-46 (TNIV)

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

I will be preaching on this text at Resurrection at the end of the month. My wife, Nicole, will be preaching the morning on December 30 and I will be preaching the 5:00 PM services on December 29 and December 30.The current working title is “A Whole New Year” and I am thinking about addressing how our faith leads to action – looking back at the year past and looking forward to the year ahead. Also, wanting to incorporate some themes from a Wesley Covenant Service. What are your thoughts on the scripture, service or theme?

5 thoughts on “Preaching at Resurrection

  1. Andrew, I too am preaching on the 30th and will be looking some to the new year. I’m going to use Leviticus 23:23-32, the text that forms the basis for Rosh Hoshannah and Yom Kippur in the Jewish faith. I’ll talk some about their celebrations of this new year – specifically the issue of reconciliation with God and with others before moving into what lies ahead. Happy preaching – I’ll have to check out the video of yours and Nicole’s sermons.

  2. Jeff – Very cool. Looks like you are headed in a good direction. I think that we will have to decide which sermon will be posted on the web, I do not think that both will be posted, but I’m not sure…

  3. Wow, what a deal, having to chose between which spousal pastor gets the video post… I don’t envy that position at all…

  4. Jeff – Yeah, well… Maybe they can post both…

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