Sermon by The Rev. Brett P. Backus
“And They’ll Know We are Christians By Our Love?”
Sunday, September 10, 2017
“God’s call to us, walking this path, is a beautiful thing, but it isn’t easy. In order for you to actually fulfill your Baptismal promises, your promise to proclaim the Good news with word and example, you have to speak up, you have to act. In order for you to fulfill your promise to seek and serve all in Christ, you have to get outside your bubble, you have to pay attention and put others before yourself. In order for you to fulfill your promise to strive for justice and peace for all and to respect the dignity of every human being, you have to know the world and you have to engage the other. Before that though, we all have to be willing to be humble and honest enough with ourselves, so that we can first recognize where we are failing at all of this. Then, we have to get out there. ” From The Rev. Brett P. Backus’ sermon on Sunday, September 10, 2017.
The Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20
Jesus said, “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”