Sermon Preached at Christ the King on February 15, 2009
2 Kings 5:1-14
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
I.N.I. (In the name of Jesus)
Martin Luther asked the question, “What shall we preach as we live at the intersection of fear and hope?” You and I live in that place, in a perpetual ‘fixer-upper’ at the intersection of economic, health, unknown fears, and hope. Hope for things now and those yet to be, things seen and those still hidden, hope in knowing that through Christ who we are and where we live will experience a divine extreme make-over.”
This morning we’ll spend this time in the Word framed by looking at our texts and lives from the inside-out. Fear to tag on Luther’s insight, is an inside thing. It’s true that external forces and events shape the fear that is in us, but largely fear is a personal, inside thing. Hope on the other hand is bigger than we are, it is outside of us. Yes we feel hope on a personal level, but it is in community and events outside of us that shape and fill us with hope. Hope, unlike fear and dread, is one of those things that we as human beings cannot generate from within.