Ah, What Does Paul Know? Sermon for the Third Sunday After Pentecost

Ah, What Does Paul Know? 

Sermon for the Third Sunday After Pentecost

SermonThe Text:  Galatians 1:11-24
11  For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel.
12  For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
13  For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it.
14  And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers.
15  But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace,
16  was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;
17  nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
18  Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days.
19  But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord’s brother.
20  (In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie!)
21  Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
22  And I was still unknown in person to the churches of Judea that are in Christ.
23  They only were hearing it said, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”
24  And they glorified God because of me.

Have Mercy!  Although I did my home work in preparing this message, I preached it ex corde.  I didn’t memorize it.  I didn’t write it out.  I did not preach it from a manuscript.  There are “mistakes” in the message.  My brain said one thing, my mouth something else.  I’m not stupid, but some people would argue with me on that one.  I ask you to overlook my blunders and don’t let them get in the way of the overall message.

Should you wish to access more of Pastor Kerner’s sermons, you can do so at https://gslcsuffield.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/sermon-archive-2010-2011/

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