Free & Fit Church Beyond the Wall - Final Class Sermon at GTS “Paraclete“ by Tim Cheux

Free & Fit Church Beyond the Wall - Final Class Sermon at GTS “Paraclete“ by Tim Cheux


Opening Prayer:


Let us Pray

“Father we thank you for making a way where there is no way. We ask that you would make a way for Us all this June, where there seems to be disruption and disunity, we pray you would make a way in Jesus name. We pray Lord that you would go before us, behind us and with us in Jesus name. Please O Lord grant us your grace, help us be protected, empowered, loved and secured in who you are in Jesus name. Please O Lord grant us strength and grace in all things in Jesus name. Amen”


A Poem by Eileen Campbell- Reed

Improvise.

Re-arrange.

Change. Adapt. And revise.

Move it around as time flies.

Pivot. Shift. Sidestep. Riff.

Play it like Jazz. Do you get my drift?


Readings

Old Testament - Malachi 3:1-4 Amplified

“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will prepare and clear the way before Me. And the Lord [the Messiah], whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderer’s soap [which removes impurities and uncleanness]. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi [the priests], and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord [grain] offerings in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in ancient years.


New Testament Luke 3:1-6 Amplified

Now in the fifteenth year of [Emperor] Tiberius Caesar’s reign—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod [Antipas] was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene— in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas [his son-in-law], the word of God came to John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness. And he went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin; as it is written and forever remains written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “ The voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘ Prepare the way of the Lord , Make His paths straight . ‘ Every ravine shall be filled up, And every mountain and hill shall be leveled ; And the crooked [places] shall be made straight , And the rough roads smooth ; and all mankind shall see the salvation of God.’”



Q1. Who are you as the Messenger of the Messiah?


(Rhetorical question, commentary and response to Old Testament Reading. Said response with improv sermon and open response.)


Manuscript: The process of becoming aware of our role in the Message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is always a challenge. Do we truly realize we have a part to play? What specifically is our role and what are we called to live out in our everyday communities? When we consider today’s Old Testament passage in Malachi we can see the evidence of a messenger