PENTECOST 10, B - August 2, 2015

Grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”

 

INTRO – the people of Israel grumbled and feared when faced with hardships. How much better it was in the past! This blinded them to God’s presence. Perhaps we feel this way today.

  • Changing culture which more and more rejects godly values and morality.

  • Horrors of Planned Parenthood viewing babies in the womb as mere pieces of flesh to be bought and sold.

 

CHRIST, AFTER ACCOMPLISHING OUR SALVATION,

HAS ASCENDED AND GIVEN GIFTS TO US!

 

  1. Himself.

  1. Many alone in society. Where is God? Even religious people in Roman society did not know. Bargained.

  2. We need never feel that way. Christ leaves sure signs of His presence with us.

     

  1. People: forgiven, filled, and sent forth.

  1. To His people, gave people: the apostles, prophets, etc.

  1. They have given us the Bible, and so God!

  2. They bring Christ to average people so that they are saints. “He gave the apostles, the prophets… to equip the saints.”

  1. Average Christians are now the called out holy ones who have been set apart for Christ’s work. How they changed society!

  • Took in babies and ended abortion.

  • Est. orphanages & hospitals.

  • Strengthened marriages, honored women.

  1. We can do the same.

 Amen.