Sermon Introduction –
Our gospel reading for this Sunday is one of the most challenging pieces of scripture in the entire Bible. Jesus says that he does “not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Is Jesus really calling his followers to division and anger? How do we square this with Christ’s teaching of love? Join us as we dive into the difficult words of the Bible!
Introduction to this week’s readings –
God does not promise that the path of the disciple will be easy. Jeremiah feels the pain of rejection from those who do not want to hear what he has to say. Jesus declares that his words may bring stark division. Even so, we need not be afraid for God accounts for each hair on our heads. Though we may experience rejection, frustration, division, and death, God’s grace and love make us a new creation each day. Marked with the cross and filled with holy food, we are sent from worship to witness to Christ in the world.