Tue, 26 June 2012
June 24, 2012
What Does My Brother Need?
Synopsis: This is the third sermon in a series dealing with relationships. “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” was the question raised by Cain in regards to Able whom he killed. “Who Is My Neighbor?” was the question raised by a lawyer in response to the demand of the law to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:25-37) Jesus’ reply opened up the issue of relationship. Thus the title for sermon two was “Who Is My Brother?” The question for this sermon today is simply “What Does My Brother Need?”
If God the Father hold us accountable for the treatment of “my brother” (i. e. my fellow human being) then how am I to respond to what “my brother” needs? The answer involves many things but it starts with “me” and extends to things “I” can do. Until I offer myself to my brother, my things will not satisfy.
If you have the capacity to save the world and all who are in it, you should. God did! God did it through offering God’s self (John 3:16-17). God in Christ Jesus gave Himself. Jesus in turn gave Himself and offered an open invitation to whoever will come (Revelation 21:5-7; 22:17). Let us not restrict His offer.
“Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift, and Deed” is not just Emmanuel's motto. It is the essence of our mission statement. It’s who we are. It’s what we do. It is what “my brother” needs.
Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 7:3-5; John 3:16-17; Revelation 21:5-7; 22:17.
Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760
Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed
Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.