Church To Go for June 25, 2017: Acts 8:26-40

 

Reading for June 25, 2017: Acts 8:26-40, the baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch

Commentary:

– Eunuchs were men who couldn’t have children and often were servants of royal women (Esther 2:8-15)

– Eunuchs were barred from the temple (Deuteronomy 23:1)

– The eunuch in this story is reading Isaiah 53:7-8

– God proclaims a welcome for eunuchs through the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 56:1-8)

– The eunuch asks, “What is to prevent me from being baptized?” Technically: everything! His race, his religion, his body. And yet Philip baptizes him!

– How is Jesus talked about in this story?

– Tradition connects this eunuch with “Simeon the Black” in Acts 13:1, and supposedly he takes the gospel to Ethiopia.

– What does this story sound like to someone excluded from church?

 

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Church to Go for June 18, 2017: Acts 6:1-16, 7:51-8:1

Reading for June 18, 2017: Acts 6:1-16, 7:51-8:1 the story of Stephen: service and sacrifice

Commentary:

– The Jesus community collects and shares resources based on need — see Acts 2:43-47, Acts 4:32-37.

– The seven chosen to serve are Greek — just like the widows being neglected. What does that tell us about how to respond to the problems of people “not like us”?

– Stephen’s speech in Acts 7:1-50 is a summary of Jewish faith.

– The Jewish council (or “Sanhedrin”) was the highest authority on their religious matters.

– Similar false accusations are made against Jesus — like in Matthew 26:59-61.

– What was the council so afraid of?

– What gifts does Stephen have? What gifts do YOU have?

 

Audio of “improv sermon” based on questions and thoughts submitted by the congregation!

 

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Church To Go for June 11, 2017: Acts 3:1-21

Reading for June 11, 2017: Acts 3:1-21

Commentary:
– Who was Solomon? From the book of First Kings 1-11, we know he was the son of King David, and became both wealthy and wise. Solomon was the last king of a united Israel, and built the First Temple.

– What makes this miracle possible? Is it Peter’s power? the beggar’s faith? magic? Peter’s faith? something else?

– How does Peter talk about Jesus?

– What would the story of this miracle sound like to someone with a disability?

– Jesus also healed a paralytic in Luke 5:17-26.

– What do you think “universal restoration” means?

 

 

Questions were collected before worship, and here is the resulting sermon!

 

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