Sermon Illustrations

I remember speaking with a very devoted follower of Jesus that is a Catholic. And a homeless man came and asked to be blessed. This follower of Jesus was taught that she could not offer a blessing for this person because she did not hold the proper status. While I respect the tradition that seeks to maintain a sense of order in the church and prevent the name of Jesus from being misused, I do not agree that it is worth the cost. We are the priesthood of believers and I see God’s intentions and plans is for His people to bless other people whether it is through the passing of material goods and money to others or a prayer for another person or the laying of hands upon that person as a symbol of God’s hand upon that person. If God has blessed you then you can bless others.