Central United Methodist Church
Friday, September 22, 2017
Endicott, New York

 
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
 
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
March 8, 2015
 
 
CONTENTS:  Welcome and Announcements [1:04], Call to Worship [3:30], Time for Children [5:22], Scripture [11:45], Pastoral Prayer and Lord's Prayer [13:15], Scripture [19:20], Sermon [20:50],
 
 
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1 Corinthians 1:18-25

 
18 The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out.
19 It's written, I'll turn conventional wisdom on its head, I'll expose so-called experts as crackpots.
20 So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn't God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense?
21 Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb - preaching, of all things! - to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.
22 While Jews clamor for miraculous demonstrations and Greeks go in for philosophical wisdom,
23 we go right on proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews treat this like an anti-miracle - and Greeks pass it off as absurd.
24 But to us who are personally called by God himself - both Jews and Greeks - Christ is God's ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one.
25 Human wisdom is so tinny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can't begin to compete with God's "weakness."

 

John 2:13-22

 
13 When the Passover Feast, celebrated each spring by the Jews, was about to take place, Jesus traveled up to Jerusalem.
14 He found the Temple teeming with people selling cattle and sheep and doves. The loan sharks were also there in full strength.
15 Jesus put together a whip out of strips of leather and chased them out of the Temple, stampeding the sheep and cattle, upending the tables of the loan sharks, spilling coins left and right.
16 He told the dove merchants, "Get your things out of here! Stop turning my Father's house into a shopping mall!"
17 That's when his disciples remembered the Scripture, "Zeal for your house consumes me."
18 But the Jews were upset. They asked, "What credentials can you present to justify this?"
19 Jesus answered, "Tear down this Temple and in three days I'll put it back together."
20 They were indignant: "It took forty-six years to build this Temple, and you're going to rebuild it in three days?"
21 But Jesus was talking about his body as the Temple.
22 Later, after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this. They then put two and two together and believed both what was written in Scripture and what Jesus had said.