Sermon Introduction –
The Apostle Paul writes in the book of 1 Corinthians about supporting the faith of your fellow Christians. How can we support the people around us? Are there times when we cause others to stumble? God calls us to live in love and lift up our neighbors!
Introduction to this week’s readings –
In Deuteronomy God promises to raise up a prophet like Moses, who will speak for God; in Psalm 111 God shows the people the power of God’s works. For the church these are ways of pointing to the unique authority people sensed in Jesus’ actions and words. We encounter that authority in God’s word, around which we gather, the word that prevails over any lesser spirit that would claim power over us, freeing us to follow Jesus.