Hospitality on the Way
This sermon, given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 28 August 2016, is the seventh in a series entitled, ‘People of the Way’. Check out the introduction to this series and Study 7 for personal and group study that accompanies this sermon.
Reading: Luke 14:1, 7-14
14:1 On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.
14:7 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable.
14:8 "When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host;
14:9 and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, 'Give this person your place,' and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place.
14:10 But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, 'Friend, move up higher'; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you.
14:11 For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted."
14:12 He said also to the one who had invited him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid.
14:13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.
14:14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."
Hospitality on the Way
Several decades ago I served as an Interim Pastor of a church in the Pacific. I decided to get the pulse of the church by meeting one by one, the leaders responsible for all the different ministries.
Division on the Way
This sermon, given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 14 August 2016, is the sixth in a series entitled, ‘People of the Way’. Check out the introduction to this series and Study 6 for personal and group study that accompanies this sermon.
Reading: Luke 12:49-56
12:49 "I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
12:50 I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed!
12:51 Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!
12:52 From now on five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three;
12:53 they will be divided: father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."
12:54 He also said to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, 'It is going to rain'; and so it happens.
Expectancy on the Way
This sermon, given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 7 August 2016 is the fifth in a series entitled, ‘People of the Way’. Check out the introduction to this series and Study 5 for personal and group study that accompanies this sermon.
Reading: Luke 12:32-40
12:32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
12:33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
12:34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
12:35 "Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit;
12:36 be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks.
12:37 Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them.
12:38 If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
12:39 "But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.
12:40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour."
Generosity on the Way
This sermon, given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 31 July 2016, included interviews with Rachel Heard and Nick Olver, and another report on Building Bridges, as expressions of the generosity of which the Scripture speaks. The service also featured a report, a thanksgiving and a blessing of the Winter Hampers that are being assembled and distributed this week to Camcare who will give them on our behalf to people in our community who are in need. It is the fourth in a series entitled, ‘People of the Way’. Check out the introduction to this series and Study 4 for personal and group study that accompanies this sermon.
Reading: Luke 12:13-21
12:13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me."
12:14 But he said to him, "Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?"
12:15 And he said to them, "Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions."
12:16 Then he told them a parable: "The land of a rich man produced abundantly.
12:17 And he thought to himself, 'What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?'
12:18 Then he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.
12:19 And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.'
12:20 But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?'
12:21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God."
Today’s Scripture is about poverty and plenty, greed and generosity.
Prayer on the Way
This address was given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 24 July 2016. It is the third in a series entitled, ‘People of the Way’. Check out the introduction to this series and Study 3 for personal and group study that accompanies this sermon.
Reading: Luke 11:1-13
11:1 He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."
11:2 He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.
11:3 Give us each day our daily bread.
11:4 And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial."
11:5 And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread;
11:6 for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.'
Priorities on the Way
Priorities on the Way
This address was given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 17 July 2016. It is the second in a series entitled, ‘People of the Way’. Check out the introduction to this series and Study 2 for personal and group study that accompanies this sermon.
Reading: Luke 10: 38-42
10:38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.
10:39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying.
10:40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me."
10:41 But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things;
Others on the Way
Others on the Way
This address was given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 10 July 2016. It is the first in a series entitled, ‘People of the Way’. Check out the introduction to this series and Study Notes 1 for personal and group study that accompany this sermon.
Reading: Luke 10:25-37
10:25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
10:26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" 10:27 He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."
10:28 And he said to him, "You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live."
10:29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 10:30 Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead.
10:31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
10:32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
10:33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.
10:34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
10:35 The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, 'Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.'
10:36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?"
10:37 He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
Steven Pressfield recalls the days when he was learning his craft as a film writer. In Hollywood he worked with a director named Ernie Pintoff. They’d sit side by side and write, Pintoff the real pro, and Pressfield the young novice.
‘I still have many things to say to you’
This address was given at ABC by Geoff Pound on 22 May 2016.
Reading: John 16:12-15
16:12 "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
16:14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
16:15 All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
In 2009 NASA launched a spacecraft that’s been studying the stars in the solar system ever since.
On board is the powerful Kepler space telescope. This month it was announced that the Kepler has discovered, and had scientifically verified, 1200 new planets.
These new planets were found in only a small patch of the night sky, which leads us to ask: ‘How many more planets will be discovered as newer, more powerful telescopes are set to work in the coming decade?’