Simeon and Anna sermon #3 (2. Something about age (Major characters in…
Simeon and Anna sermon #3
Start - so what?
1. Value of personal eye witness testimony
'Come and see' (Woman at well)
'My eyes have seen' (Simeon)
Eye witness most valuable in law
Rabbi Hugo Grinn
Moral maze (radio)
Look me in the eye and tell me I didn't see my parents and my little brother walk to the gas chambers
Personal testimony v powerful
'This is what happened to me'
What is God doing in your life?
e.g Barbara - a child of God
2. Something about age
Major characters in Luke's story
All old (and the wise ones are women)
Is there a time to stop witnessing?
I'm realizing my life is in transition
Building? will come to an end
Wise people stop building
Accept slowing down
Accept eventual decline prep death?)
Great to depart in peace
Let go of striving
Relax into Jesus' arms
Great to relax into understanding how much God loves you
But should we ever be satisfied that so many people don't know Jesus?
3. Individual - what about Collective?
Should we allow it to depart in peace?
It'll probably see us out
We will be asked about plans for growth
Or should we do all we can to reverse the decline?
What would Anna do?
What would Jesus say?
Next year could be critical
Roof won't collapse
But unless something changes
Decline will continue
As we enter a new year we gratefully accept that God is still at work in us, building our hearts, making us more like Jesus?
What can we say about our fellowship here at Berkswich? Do we accept decline, or do we build?