In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
As we move into the second half of the Church Year, our attention shifts. From Advent through Pentecost, we focused on the life of Christ. We recounted what He has done for our salvation—His birth in Bethlehem, His life of perfect obedience, His death, His resurrection, and the sending of the Holy Spirit. But now as we move into the long stretch of Sundays after Trinity we learn about what our life as Christians looks like. In other words, how does the first part of the Church Year affect how we live our life? As we wrapped up the Easter season, the Epistle Readings especially started to prepare us for this. On the Fifth Sunday after Easter, the Apostle James told us, “Be doers of the Word and not hearers only” (Jas. 1:22). This isn’t to say do good works to earn your salvation, but it’s the admonishment to repentance and newness of life of Christians. It’s a reminder that as long as we are in this body and life, we have to fight our sinful flesh. This body doesn’t want to do what pleases God. Our faith does, but faith and the flesh wrestle and our faith needs to be encouraged and strengthened by the Word of God. So, James tells us to do what the Word tells us to do. Today we get a practical glimpse at that.
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).