Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
July 26, 2015 at 10:45 AM
Subject
There's No Place Like Home
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday July 26, 2015
There’s No Place Like Home
“And when he came to himself...he said I will arise and go to my father...” Lk. 15:17-18.
The concept home has various meanings for peoples 
throughout the world. Irrespective of its location, type, or 
condition, home - for the dwellers - is a place of dwelling. 
Additionally, home engenders a feeling of identification 
for the inhabitants. Sadly, innumerable peoples are surviving 
with out a structure to call home, even here in the United States 
of America. This lamentable fact will undergird the sermon 
today entitled, There’s No Place Like Home. It will include 
the following dimensions, namely: the physical structure 
called home, the human interactions in the home, and the 
ultimate home at the end of life. 
Prior to addressing these three concerns, attention 
will be placed on the Scriptural anchor for the sermon. As 
noted in the textual reading, Luke was the writer and a 
physician but he followed and documented much of Jesus’ 
teachings as noted from Chapter 10 -21. Particularly 
relevant for this sermon is Chapter 15 where Luke’s 
narrative focused heavily on home and family relations. 
As noted in the referenced Scripture ( 15 ). Luke indicated 
that there were three persons in the family matrix; namely, 
the father and two sons. In the referenced episode is the 
account of Jesus’ parable of the two sons. The older one 
apparently was contented with his position and, therefore, 
satisfied with being at home. The younger one, in contrast, 
was restless, worldly oriented, and desired to travel. Hence, 
asked the father for his portion of the family’s wealth and 
the father complied. The aftermath is recorded in Luke 15, 
but will not be herein presented. Instead, the focus will now 
be directed to the earlier delineated points of concerns, the 
first of which is - the physical structure called home. Within 
most of the industrialized world, the word home bring to 
mind the elegant structure, spacious land, swimming pool, 
a nine hold golf course, a guest home, and a multiple 
garage. While such a conglomerate of objects may be quite 
impressive, the human interaction within may well be 
hostile, abusive, confrontational, and highly self centered. 
Yet, to the outsider, that facility may engender admiration, 
and even envy; but the viewer just does not know the 
turmoil that occurs within that magnificent structure. 
Hence, a building is not necessary a structure within 
which an home exists. It can, therefore, be asserted that 
bricks and mortal do not make a home; they mere support 
the structure but do not create the compassion, 
cooperation, consideration, love, and mutual sharing 
essential for creating a home. This fact leads to the second 
concern of the sermon which is - human interactions within 
the home. The expression human interactions denotes the 
attitudes, behaviors, love, helping, encouraging, and 
just appreciating the opportunity to have someone with 
who to talk, laugh, appreciate, and just to be in the company 
one with another. Such opportunities and experiences are 
essential in the development and maintenance of the home. 
Although a desirable physical structure and adequately 
equipped facility may enhance the inhabitants appreciation 
for their dwelling, it is a fact that some of the most brutal, 
deplorable, and even unimaginative behaviors occur in the 
upscaled houses. In contrast, there are homeless families 
that have the home spirit, faith, and love thereby being 
to endure the numerous disadvantages associated with 
normal home life. In many instances, those families were 
victimized the economic collapse, loss of job, divorce, 
or other unanticipated misfortunate realities. Amazingly, 
there are incidents in which a person from the homeless 
shelter, or even a family, rises above that sub human 
condition and achieves a new status. In the meantime, 
it must always be remembered that there is no place 
like home even through it may be filled with problems 
or a family might have been able to rise above the home 
less population. Taking a giant leap backward, attention 
is called to the textual anchor of this sermon. It is the 
account of a wealthy man with two sons. One remained 
with him while the younger one wanted to be on his 
own. He, therefore, asked him father to give him his 
portion of the family wealth. The father complied and the 
youngster left the security of home for the thrills of an 
unknown world. Immediately, so called friends clustered 
gathered around him; they spent lavishly and soon the 
funds were depleted. The so called friends started 
vanishing. Soon the younger was alone, financially broke, 
and hungry. He, therefore, decided to hire himself out and 
was given a job of feeding the pigs. Luke recorded that the 
boy was so hunger he started to eat some of the feed 
intended for the pigs. But, alas! He came to himself, 
though about home and meditated...there are servants 
in my father’s house with food to spear and I perish... 
( He found that there is no place like home ) Therefore, 
he said, “I will arise, I will go, and I will say...”. That he 
did and his father restored him. Beaming from that 
biblical episode to the hearer and readers of this 
sermon - especially the children and youth - is the 
incontrovertible fact that “There is no place like home.” 
Owing to the finiteness of life, no one can forever 
live at home or any other place forever. But thanks be 
to God, his Son and humanity’s teacher, and the Holy 
Spirit the Comforter during the earthly travel, there is 
an eternal home for the believers. Some observations 
on the home will undergird the final concern of the 
sermon which is - the ultimate home at the end of life. 
This concept of the ultimate home is generally viewed 
as placed called heaven. Admittedly, the word heaven 
is variously viewed ranging from a total denial to an 
unconditional embracement of its existence. No attempt 
is attended herein to fully describe heaven; instead the 
focus will be directed to citing some writings, opinions, and 
designating selective scriptural teachings on heaven. This 
writer can recall his youth as a Sunday School pupil where 
the selections included a song with the words, I have a 
home prepared where the Lord abide just over in the glory 
land. His puzzle was - just where is the glory land. As a 
young Bible student, he found a reference that offered some 
clarification about heaven. It was Paul’s writing in the 2nd 
Corinthian 12: 2 where he penned the expression ‘the third 
heaven’. He was unable to tell whether he was in body or 
out of body, sensed that he was caught up in paradise and 
heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man 
to utter. This topic of the third heaven is explained in the 
Smith’s Bible Dictionary. The first heaven is the place of 
clouds and the air, the second heaven is the place of the 
sun, moon and stars while the third heaven is the place of 
God and his angles. Instead of venturing into a theological 
exegesis, the closing emphasis will, instead, focus on a 
brief listing of scriptures germane to the eternal home. 
They include Jesus’ reference to going away to prepare 
a place for those believers ( John 14: 3-4 ), His warning - 
When the Son of man shall come in his glory... ( Matt. 25:31- 
32 ), the angelic promise of Christ’s return. ( Acts 1:11 ) and 
the numerous references to the eternal judgment and its 
aftermath i.e., some will be in the eternal home with the 
Father while others will be confined to domain of a lake 
with fire and brimstone. ( Rev. 20-21 ) 
In closing, not everyone will be blessed with a physical 
home on earth nor will everyone have a pleasant home life 
during the earthly sojourn. But thanks be to God, everyone 
by confession with thou mouth the Lord Jesus and shall 
believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, 
shall be saved ( Rom. 10:9 ) and ultimate become an 
inhabitant in that eternal home - as the song conveys 
which is far beyond the sky. Amen!
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