Sep 28, 2021 | by Tom Harrison
I admit I am a bit nervous about this Sunday’s sermon. In 42 years of ministry, I’ve never preached on “Holy Saturday.” The message comes from a strange text, 1 Peter 3:18-22, that describes Jesus’ “descent” to the dead after His crucifixion and before His resurrection. This is one of those messages I don’t want to miss because I’m eager to hear what I’m going to say. Regardless of the biblical and theological direction, I have a strong feeling about the application of this sermon.
I read an interesting quote in C.S. Lewis’ book, “God in the Dock.” The “dock” in a British court system is where an accused person is placed as they are questioned. The title of the book could well be “God on Trial.” Lewis said he did not attend worship because of the music (“5th rate poems to 6th rate music”), the sermons, or the people (whom he didn’t particularly like). He attended because if he didn’t, he would fall into something he called “solitary conceit.” Lewis realized that by isolating himself from others, he would become an island unto himself. Pride, that independent spirit, keeps us from being one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world.
As October 3 is “World Communion Sunday,” I look forward to seeing you in worship with us at 8:00, 9:30 or 11:00 am.
Our readings continue our theme of “truth” (also chapter 6 in “The Magnificent Story”).
Monday: 1 Peter 3:18-22
Tuesday: Matthew 27:45-66
Wednesday: John 12:27-36
Thursday: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Friday: 1 Corinthians 15:12-29
Saturday: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
Sunday: 1 Peter 4:1-6
Invite a friend,