Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
November 26, 2017 at 9:45 AM
Subject
Joy: A weekend, or Everlasting!
Description

Joy: A weekend, or Everlasting!
“ The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Sonof God; ”. Mark 1:1.
The 2017 Thanksgiving weekend will officially end at
12:59 PM tonight. Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday,
Exhaustive Saturday, Minimally worshiped Sunday,
and the homeward travel – all will have ended. Hence, the
expression ( business as usual becomes the order of the
day. Accordingly, the sermon for today was written to
address the dilemma of lingering with the reality of joy
instead of preparing for everlasting life; hence it was
entitled, “ Joy: a weekend or an everlasting life”. It will
include the following three parameters, or considerations,
namely: the contemporary time, the Biblical perspective,
and the personal focus. Since the undergirding concept in
this sermon is JOY, it will be defined and followed
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with some dimensions of the word joy. Numerous are the
definitions of joy, some of which are – “a feeling of great
pleasure or happiness, an emotion evoked by well being or
success…, an experienced when one’s goal is attained,
and joy can be defined as happiness and peace of mind.
Joy can also be encoded in a single word, some of which:
delight, great pleasure, joyfulness, jubilation, triumph,
exultation, happiness, and gladness.  Having defined joy,
attention will now be focused on the first aspect or concern
of the sermon which is ( joy during contemporary time, or
this day and age.) There is an expression that characterizes
many people during this day and age; it is INSTANT
GRATIFICATION. This concept describes the desire of a
person to desire a near instant attainment of goals and
the unwillingness to wait for or even contribute to the cost.
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As result of this attitude, such individuals become envious
of others – who be their standard are successful. Another
reaction is that of being envious. There is also the prospect
of illegal activities. Sadly, such individuals are completely
disregarding Biblical teachings that include: thou shalt not
steal, thou shalt not kill, avoid envy, wait upon the Lord,
and trust in the Lord.
It is ironic that the celebration of Thanksgiving during
contemporary times has deviated so greatly from the time
of the founding fathers. Originally, it was a time to thank
God for another years journey: life, food, friends, and the
their natural surroundings. My how this occasion has
undergone drastic and even life threatening changes.
Nowadays, our nation is infested with greed, political
corruption, envy, murder – even in religious worship
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settings, and domestic and international terrorism. The
contemporary scene echoes the hope embedded in a
Christmas Carol “There is no peace on earth I said, then
peeled the bells more loud and deed, God is not dead nor
does he sleep, the wrong shall fail, the right prevail of
peace on earth goodwill toward men.”
While praying for strength, protection, and direction to
endure the struggle for daily survival, let us turn to the
second focus of the sermon which is – a biblical perspective
of joy. This discussion will be anchored by the New
Testament account of joy. Although the Gospel writers:
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the four Gospel writers
only two of them included the nativity of Jesus in the script.
Mark, the writer of our textual anchor seemed to have
equated the word joy with the gospel; thus, he wrote –
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“The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of
God”. This theme of joy was included in the angelic message
to the shepherds’ regarding the birth of Jesus whom Mark
would describe as the beginning of the gospel. This same
baby Jesus would later become baptized by John the
Baptist, call twelve disciples, teach, preach, perform
miracles, announce his creation of the church, be
criticized, ostracized, crucified, but resurrected to further
carry on the Father’s task of providing a method by which
his love would reflect the joy awaits anyone who submits
him/ her self to the redemptive power of Christ. ( Rom. 10:9).
This eternal access to Everlasting life, as documented
in Rom. 10:9 leads to the closing consideration of the
sermon; it ends with the question? Which pathway are you
traveling, the broad or narrow one? Remember, the Bible
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asserts, “ Enter ye end at the straight gate: for wide is the
gate, and broad is the way leadeth destruction, and many
there be which go in there, Because strait the gate and
narrow the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be
that fine it.”
In closing, our Thanksgiving of 2017 is rapidly coming
to a close, but our life is, thankfully still abounds. Let us
Thank the Almighty God, reflect on our lifestyle, and make
changes where needed. While so doing let us Praise God
from whom all blessings flow. Amen.

 

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