Sermon: Wednesdat 27th May

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Preached on 26th May 2020
(7th of Easter)
by Dr Alistair MacDonald

Acts 18:1-16

In Corinth

1After this, Paul left Athens and went on to Corinth. 2There he met a Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, for the Emperor Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3and stayed and worked with them, because he earned his living by making tents, just as they did. 4He held discussions in the synagogue every Sabbath, trying to convince both Jews and Greeks.

5When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul gave his whole time to preaching the message, testifying to the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah. 6When they opposed him and said evil things about him, he protested by shaking the dust from his clothes and saying to them, “If you are lost, you yourselves must take the blame for it! I am not responsible. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” 7So he left them and went to live in the house of a Gentile named Titius Justus, who worshipped God; his house was next to the synagogue. 8Crispus, who was the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with all his family; and many other people in Corinth heard the message, believed, and were baptized.

9One night Paul had a vision in which the Lord said to him, “Do not be afraid, but keep on speaking and do not give up, 10for I am with you. No one will be able to harm you, for many in this city are my people.” 11So Paul stayed there for a year and a half, teaching the people the word of God.

12When Gallio was made the Roman governor of Achaia, Jews there got together, seized Paul, and took him into court. 13“This man,” they said, “is trying to persuade people to worship God in a way that is against the law!”

14Paul was about to speak when Gallio said to the Jews, “If this were a matter of some evil crime or wrong that has been committed, it would be reasonable for me to be patient with you Jews. 15But since it is an argument about words and names and your own law, you yourselves must settle it. I will not be the judge of such things!” 16And he drove them out of the court.

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/read/eng/GNB/Acts/18/

Singing the Faith 416

1      There's a wideness in God's mercy
        like the wideness of the sea;
        there's a kindness in his justice
        which is more than liberty.

   2      There is plentiful redemption
        in the blood that has been shed;
        there is joy for all the members
        in the sorrows of the Head.

   3      There is grace enough for thousands
        of new worlds as great as this;
        there is room for fresh creations
        in that upper home of bliss.

   4      For the love of God is broader
        than the measures of the mind;
        and the heart of the Eternal
        is most wonderfully kind.

   5      But we make his love too narrow
        by false limits of our own;
        and we magnify his strictness
        with a zeal he will not own.

   6      If our love were but more simple
        we should take him at his word;
        and our lives would be illumined
        by the presence of our Lord.

Frederick William Faber (1814–1863)

Reproduced from Singing the Faith Electronic Words Edition, number 416 .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raMn2iV9x2E

Psalm 48:9-13

9Inside your Temple, O God,

we think of your constant love.

10You are praised by people everywhere,

and your fame extends over all the earth.

You rule with justice;

11let the people of Zion be glad!

You give right judgements;

let there be joy in the cities of Judah!

12People of God, walk round Zion and count the towers;

13take notice of the walls and examine the fortresses,

so that you may tell the next generation:

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/bible-search/search:psalm+48/versions:GNB/

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