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30 August 2014

Sermon: Proper 17A (Gospel)

30 August AD 2014
Pentecost 12

Theme: Second-Guessing God

Take Up Your Cross Summary: Peter wasn’t the first to try telling God how to do things, nor would he be the last. We also like to imagine that we know better than our Creator how to arrange our lives. We attempt to find was to cooperate with our Redeemer in gaining our eternal rest. We try to guide the Spirit rather than letting Him guide us.

However, there was only one way that Jesus could save sinful, fallen mankind: He needed to “go to Jerusalem and suffer many things ... and be killed” in order to make propitiation for our sins. He had to be raised up on the third day that we might be justified.

Similarly, there is only one way to benefit from His sacrifice and His resurrection: We must believe that He did it all for us and that nothing remains to be done to accomplish our salvation. And as believers, we know that our works accomplish nothing on our behalf. Instead, they testify to what He did for us while also bringing His love to our neighbors in need.

Get Behind Me, Satan Text: From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.

And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.”

But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

“Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” Matthew 16:21-28

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Second-Guessing God.

Other Readings: Psalm 26; Jeremiah 15:15-21; Romans 12:9-21

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