SERMON TITLE: “The Appearance of the Heart”
SERMON TEXT: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 and 2 Corinthians 5:11-17
PREACHER: Rev. Kim James
OCCASION: June 17, 2018, VBS Sunday & Father’s Day, at First UMC
Since today is Father’s Day, I thought I’d focus our attention on one of the Vacation Bible School stories that had a fatherly theme. As you’ve heard from the VBS children, we actually had two Bible stories this week that included something about fathers. On Wednesday, we learned that Jesus’ father Joseph and mother Mary were dismayed that their son had stayed behind at the temple in Jerusalem without telling them. Yes, it was important for Jesus to spend time in his “Father’s house,” but it was also important to be safe and to communicate respectfully with his parents. No doubt, those were some lessons Father Joseph would continue to teach his son Jesus.
For this sermon, though, I thought it might be good to focus on the other story about a father—the story that comes from First Samuel 16. Along with that story, I’ve selected some verses from Second Corinthians 5. Let’s see what these two passages of scripture tell us about the appearance of the heart.