The sermon text for this week is from Luke 17, which you can read here
There are a number of core Christian truths that are found in the first 4 verses. Jesus uses one of his "better than" sayings (cf. Matt 5:29-30; 18:6-9; 26:24; Mark 9:42-47; 14:21) to make the important point that if a person causes a brother or sister to sin, he is no better than the rich man in the previous parable (16:19-31). "Woe" to the person through whom the temptation comes! Temptations to sin are a given, which is part of living in a fallen and broken world. True disciples of Jesus, therefore, should be supporting one another, and helping one another overcome sin. How might one support a brother or sister who is tempted to sin? Jesus gives an example in verses 3-4. If he/she sins, we should rebuke them
, which is the most loving thing we can do in that situation. And if he/she exhibits true repentance, Jesus says to forgive them
. How many times? Everytime. Genuine faith will manifest itself in genuine repentance.
It is hard not to think about some of Jesus' final words on the cross when we read Luke 17:1-4. Forgiveness was on his heart even as he as dying: "Father, forgive them
, for they do not know what they do" (Luke 23:34). Therefore, we should be like Christ, lovingly forgiving those who fall into sin or even sin against us.
Songs that we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:
1. Come Praise and Glorify
2. God of Wonders
3. Lord of Lords
4. Your Love, Oh Lord
5. Shine Into Our Night.