SERMON TITLE: “A Way Out”
SERMON TEXT 1 Corinthians 10:14-17 and 10:1-13 (in that order)
PREACHER: Rev. Kim James
OCCASION: April 7, 2019, at First UMC
If you’re like me, you’ve been hearing a lot on the news lately about Brexit. April 12 is the currently pending deadline. But the Brits have managed to delay their exit from the European Union quite a bit longer than anyone expected, so who knows when or if they ever will find a way out.
This British exit got me thinking about the trip my husband and I took to Europe in 1997. We got off the plane at London’s Heathrow Airport. After jostling through baggage claim and the long customs line, we tried to get our bearings and find the terminal doors. But nowhere did we see those neon EXIT signs like we’re used to here in the United States. Instead, the signs were labeled, “Way Out.”
Way out. That sounds like something the Apostle Paul wrote in his First Letter to the Corinthians. Those Christian converts were struggling with the temptation and sin of idol worship, and Paul was telling them that they had a way out. They didn’t have to be trapped in the maze of evil enticement. They didn’t have to jostle and wander in the wilderness of sin. Instead, they could flee temptation through a God-provided way out.