High On Grass
Sermon shared by Ethan Muse
Summary: The first of sermons in a series on Luke 15, based on the parable of the lost sheep.
Denomination: Seventh-day Adventist
Audience: General adults
About Sermon Contributor
This is my adaptation of a sermon by Pastor Henry Wright
I am not a theologian. I donít claim to be, I donít try to be, and I donít want to be. Donít get me wrong, I have nothing necessarily against the theologian, Iím just not one. You see, theologians tend to be deep and profound, often speaking a different language than the people. They use big words that are generally not in our vocabulary. They talk about Christology, which is the study of Christ. They talk about eschatology, which is the study of last day events. They talk about hermeneutics, which is a fancy word for Biblical interpretation. They talk about the prolegomena. They talk about the kerygma.
I, on the other hand, like to be simple. I believe that the gospel is simple. I believe that the full Seventh-day Adventist message is simple, and can be given in a simple way that even a child can understand it. I donít believe it necessary to use high-sounding words to make a point that most people wouldnít understand anyway. Therefore, I find it unnecessary for me to normally talk about things like the prolegomena and the kerygma.
But thereís an interesting word. Kerygma. Iím sure all of you have spent your lives wondering what the kerygma is. Simply put, the kerygma is the central message of truth in the Bible. It is the essence of the Bible, and it can be given in 6 simple sentences. If someone were to come up to you and ask you to tell them in 6 sentences what the Bible was about, you would share with them the kerygma.
1. Godís promises made to His people in the Old Testament are now fulfilled in Jesus.
2. The long-expected Messiah, born of Davidís line, has come, and God has kept His Word.
3. According to the plan of salvation, Jesus was crucified, buried, and rose from the dead to pay the price for manís sin.
4. Since Christís death, burial, resurrection and ascension, Godís promise of the Holy Spirit has been fulfilled.
5. Jesus said in His Word that He would come again, and His Word is sure-He will come again.
6. Therefore, because of what Christ has done, is doing, and will do for His people, men ought everywhere to repent, and believe the Gospel.
Turn with me to Luke 1:1-3. ďInasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word have handed them down to us, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus.Ē
As Seventh-day Adventist Christians, we believe that God is the author of the Bible. We believe it to be inspired, but we do not believe in the concept of verbal inspiration. In other words, we donít accept the theory that God came and stood by each of the Bible writers and dictated to them, word-for-word, what they were to say and write. We believe in the concept of plenary, or thought, inspiration. We believe that the Holy Spirit came upon the writers, giving them convictions and ideas to write, and they in turn wrote them in their own words.
Each of the four gospel writers was unique. Two of them had known Jesus and served as His disciples, but the other two were probably later converts. Mark was a young man who at two different points traveled with the apostle Paul, and Luke was the only
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