Sunday: Adult Faith Formation
May 30: No Christian Formation - Memorial Day Weekend
The sermons you are invited to read is by Rutledge Fleming, and may be found at the link below.
Questions to ponder this week:
Fleming Rutledge asserts that the church is withdrawing from apostolic preaching in the 21st century? What would you say are the marks of apostolic preaching?
How do you see the Paraclete as defender of the followers of Jesus?
How do you see the Paraclete as the prosecutor of the world who judges the world guilty of disbelief?
So much of what this sermon seems to be about is the reality of Christ’s Victory in contrast to the real evidence of our disbelieving world. How does the Paraclete’s judgement of the world strengthen your apostolic witness?
If the Paraclete indeed does prove the world wrong concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment, what are the proofs of the Paraclete’s conviction of the world?
List some of the tenets of the Christian faith that the cultural intelligentsia find unacceptable.
What is our vocabulary for a conversation with those steeped in the ways of this world?
Rutledge ends her sermon with, “Every sermon from the Fourth Gospel should probably end as John did, with these words from the 20th chapter in which he states his purpose:
‘Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.’”
After reading her sermon, why do you suppose Rutledge thinks this?