Seven Deadly Sins- Lust

20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, ‘Sir, we wish to see Jesus.’ 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.

27‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ 29The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’ 30Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people* to myself.’ 33He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.
— John 12:20-33

Seven Deadly Sins- Lust

We are getting close to the end of our examination of the seven deadly sins.  Trey did a wonderful job with sloth on Sunday (it sounds kind of bad when written this way).  Many people told me how impressed they were with his sermon and if you missed it, please check it out on our Facebook page or website.

The sermon is about 45 minutes into the video feed.

Our sermons are also available each week as a podcast here:
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If you heard his sermon, he mentioned that he was glad that he was assigned sloth to preach on rather than lust.  He said he was happy to give that one to the senior pastor!

Well, for better or worse, it will be this Sunday.  This is a subject that may arouse curiosity but others may feel that it makes them too uncomfortable so they might stay away.  If so, I bet our online viewing will get more hits this week!

Human sexuality is a difficult subject.  We are not entirely comfortable with talking about it.  Church has been an especially taboo place for this since at least the Victorian age.

Yet at the same time, sexuality seems to permeate our culture more than ever.  It seems ever-present.  This last year, the public eye has shifted to how women have been targets of sexual impropriety and violence with the #metoo movement.  For a while, it seemed as if accusations to high-profile men were being made hourly rather than daily.  While some may have wearied of this subject dominating the news feeds, it certainly brought awareness to the general public of how this issue extends with a far reach.

This Sunday, the gospel lectionary reading is John 12:20-33.  At first glance, you may read this passage and think, “What does this have to do with lust?”  My hope is to answer this question in the sermon!  I will make every effort to use tact and grace and maybe a little humor.  As always, my intent will be to challenge us in our discipleship at the same time.

I hope you’ll join us this Sunday for worship at 8:30, 9:45, or 11 am in the sanctuary or at 10:50 am in Wesley Hall.

In Christ,
Sam

Check out Sam’s Blog here:  http://precedinggrace.blogspot.com.