Sermon Title: "Renew"
February 17, 2019
Steve Slagel

Scripture: Matthew 9: 18-26

And God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt,  out of the land of slavery. (Exodus 20:1) 
 
Notes: The words above begin the Ten Commandments, the foundation of the law that God gave Israel through Moses. These commandments show God’s people what a relationship with God and others should look like. Although boundary markers in relationships are necessary, they can also be stumbling 
 
blocks if they are disconnected from their purpose. That is, these commandments were meant to preserve healthy relationships, not to burden or prevent them.  

From Pastor Slagel: "In the verses just before the story of Jesus healing the woman who was bleeding and bringing the girl back to life, Jesus has a conversation with some of John the Baptist's disciples. In explaining that what he is doing is new, and just as a person would not put new wine into an old wineskin, what he is doing does not fit the old expectations. "While he was saying these things, a leader of the synagogue knelt before him and said, 'My daughter just died; but come and lay your hand on her and she will live..'" (Matt 9.18)

 

Most of what Jesus does and says pertains to restoring life to its God-intended wholeness. The same word in Greek that the woman uses for "made well" also means "saved." Salvation in the NT is God's power to heal and renew all dimensions of life and is indicative God's reign in the world. We cannot be blind to the social, political, and cultural realities of the coming of God's reign in Jesus."


When Jesus taught "Do not judge..." as a part of the sermon on the 
mount, he was contrasting two mutually exclusive ways of living. We 
either live in love, or we live in self-serving judgement. The one thing 
that the Church (all who follow Jesus) is created to do, saved to do, 
and commissioned to do is love. Rather than separating ourselves from 
others, placing ourselves above them, the only conclusion about people 
God allows us is that people have unsurpassable worth because Jesus gave 
himself in love for them.

And God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. (Exodus 20:1) 
 
Notes: The words above begin the Ten Commandments, the foundation of the law that God gave Israel through Moses. These commandments show God’s people what a relationship with God and others should look like. Although boundary markers in relationships are necessary, they can also be stumbling 3 blocks if they are disconnected from their purpose. That is, these commandments were meant to preserve healthy relationships, not to burden or prevent them. 

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,  “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you,  and with every living creature that is with you,  the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you,  as many as came out of the ark.  I establish my covenant with you,  that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Isaiah 2:4) 
 
Notes: (from Leader) An everlasting covenant is made between God, the people, and every living creature. God’s intentions for relationships with the earth are as wide and broad as the rainbow, the sign of this covenant. How are we invited to broaden our understandings of God’s covenant and what would that look like in our relationships with God, our neighbors, and creation? 


Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,  “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you,  and with every living creature that is with you,  the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you,  as many as came out of the ark.  I establish my covenant with you,  that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Isaiah 2:4) 
 
Notes: (from Leader) An everlasting covenant is made between God, the people, and every living creature. God’s intentions for relationships with the earth are as wide and broad as the rainbow, the sign of this covenant. How are we invited to broaden our understandings of God’s covenant and what would that look like in our relationships with God, our neighbors, and creation? 

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