Current Sermon Series

From Glory to Glory:

Following the Spirit from Epiphany

to Transfiguration

New Sermon Series

with Tom Hazelwood

Sunday, January 6th - Sunday, March 3rd, 2019


From the glory of the star at Epiphany to the glory of Jesus in the Transfiguration, we will journey through a season of revelation, of drawing the circle wider to include all nations, of words from Jesus on what it means to follow him and instructions on how to be the church.  It is not an easy path; we cannot achieve it on our own.
We in the United Methodist Church are deeply divided over which teachings of the early church are culturally bound, and which are universal regardless of time and context. Harm has been done to many, and we are still seeking a way forward that is faithful, loving, just, and lifegiving.
But if we believe that the greatest spiritual gift is love (1 Cor 13:13), then by the grace of God and the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, we may yet become more fully the Body of Christ, made in God's image, revealing "the wisdom of God in its rich variety."  (Ephesians 3:10)

 

Come join us at Delta United Methodist as we

follow the Spirit from

Glory to Glory!

 

"And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.  Therefore, since it is by God's mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart."
2 Corinthians 3:18 - 4:1 
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against such things.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.
Galatians 5:22 - 26

JAN 6:  Epiphany

Sharers in the Promise - Generosity

Isaiah 60:1-6 - Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
Ephesians 3:1-12 - the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.  Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God's grace that was given me by the working of his power.
We are called to be servants of the gospel, recognizing that others - with whom we may disagree - are sharers in the promise.  When we practice generosity by assuming good intentions and offering grace, we see how God's love continues to be revealed in new ways.

JAN 13:  Baptism of the Lord

Receiving the Holy Spirit - Gentleness

Luke 3:15-22 - when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove.
Acts 8:14-17 - Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them.  The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus).  Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
What we long for, in our own lives and as the Church, is a transforming experience of God's Spirit blessing us with words of belovedness and with spiritual power and assurance.  We treat each other and ourselves with gentleness as we wait for clarity and blessing.

JAN 20:  Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Gifts of the Spirit - Peace

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 - Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.  ... No one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says, "Let Jesus be cursed!" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except by the Holy Spirit.   ... To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
We are quick to judge those who disagree with us as being misled in their convictions.  Yet if "no one can say 'Jesus is Lord' except by the Holy Spirit," can we honor the manifestation of the Spirit in others in ways that move us toward peace?  How do we hold in tension our very real differences with our common humanity and spiritual family?

JAN 27:  Third Sunday after the Epiphany

One Body, Many Members - Kindness

1 Corinthians 12:12-31a - "As it is, there are members, yet one body.  The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." ... But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members my have the same care for one another.  If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it."
We are called to recognize our interconnectedness our interdependence as the Body of Christ.  We cannot say to one another, "I have no need of you."  We must treat each other with kindness, listening to the stories of suffering to lament together, sharing stories of honor and wholeness to rejoice together.