Establishments and Institutions

Sermon idea: 

I like institutions (look up definition). They exist to carry out a needed duty.

‘The establishment’ on the other hand seems to mainly be there to maintain itself. 

In Yancey’s ‘The Jesus I Never Knew’ book he says, on page 197, that Jesus posed a genuine threat to the establishment in Jerusalem.

More later (e.g., pg 203). It was very ironically, the supposed church of God that had Jesus killed. As an establishment, they had spiraled far away from God.

The institution that Jesus was proposing was to  love your neighbor sacrificially. This was certainly difficult to comprehend and to grasp by even the disciples. But the institution of loving one’s neighbor sacrificially proposed a threat to the good-ol-boy establishment. Enough of a threat that it got him killed.

Loving one’s neighbor sacrificially is the opposite of an establishment, which is inward looking/self-centered. 

An institution, by definition is outward looking/other-centered.

We, as the church, need to be careful that we don’t turn from an institution to an establishment.

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Fun to look at the words

establishmentarian 

disestablishmentarian

antidisestablishmentarian

Faith devo.

This devotion has a good story of faith growing from a mustard seed.

Through our faithful witness, we can bless future generations to come. Let’s strengthen our homes and produce, by His grace, a legacy for the Lord.

A Legacy for the Lord

Did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring.
Malachi 2:15

Recommended Reading: Malachi 2:10-16

Jane, 18, a widow with two small children, descended into deep depression. One day while walking along a river with thoughts of suicide, she heard a ploughman on the other bank. As he began his work in the fields, he whistled Christian hymns and something about his spirit touched Jane. If a simple ploughman could display such enthusiasm for the mundane work of his life, why couldn’t she? Armed with a new perspective, Jane returned to Dublin where she answered the call to follow Christ. She began praying earnestly for her children and for the next twelve generations who would follow her.

Among the results? Her son, Grattan, became a minister and helped trigger the 1859 revival in Ireland. From his descendants alone have come a host of Christian workers who have traveled the world with the Gospel, including the noted Christian author Dr. Os Guinness.1

Through our faithful witness, we can bless future generations to come. Let’s strengthen our homes and produce, by His grace, a legacy for the Lord.

A Single Thought: Wherever life takes us, our witness goes too—it is the legacy of a believer in Jesus Christ.

 

http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/magazine/daily_devotional.aspx 5/24/2016

 

7 Free Online Tools for Sermon Writing

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6th one is Christian Classics Ethereal Library  – The mission of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) is to build up the church by making classic Christian literature widely available and promoting its use for edification and study by interested Christians, seekers and scholars. The CCEL accomplishes this by selecting, collecting, distributing, and promoting valuable literature through the World Wide Web and other media.

The Three Bowls of Jesus’ Last 24 Hours on Earth

I like the comparison and contrast of the Three Bowls of Jesus’ Last 24 Hours on Earth

Wash basin: Jesus Washes the disciples feet (at the Last Supper).  He showed us that we are to be servants of others.

Bowl of bread: broken and shared together at the Last Supper. Fellowship. Remembrance. Institution of the Last Supper instituted.

Pilate’s wash basin: After dealing with the crowd, Pilate washed his hands (in front of the crowd)…and sent Jesus to the cross. This one is deeper (and needs to be developed).

Ekklesia, church, religion

Sermon idea.

talk about the progression Ekklesia > church > religion

assembly of believers is the foundation (and this should always be remembered-keeping the main thing the main thing). (see also http://faith.drjimo.net/ekklesia/)

talk about the pros and cons of each (especially church, religion).

Jesus at 2 am has a good podcast Turning Theology into Church 03: Embracing Conflict, 1/27/15.

how deacons were appointed