Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 08-AUG-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Peter Russell
Pentecost 11 – "Time for a Checkup" – The faithful who are grounded in the love of Christ should not be found wanting, and in this portion of the letter to the Ephesians the writer has put together a checklist to help us work out whether we're doing the things God wants us to do. Here is a summary. (1) We must get real – instead of pretending to be Christian, we must start acting like Christians. (2) It's OK to be angry with good, righteous, productive anger, when we notice injustice and are galvanised into wanting to do something about it. (3) Stop being thieves, taking other peoples' possessions. It's not just about petty theft and burglary; there is also institutional theft such as tax cuts for the rich while people on Jobkeeper struggle in poverty. The land of Australia was stolen from its owners more than 200 years ago, and has been pillaged and ruined for the benefit of the thieves. (4) Watch your mouth – don't remain silent when people around you make offensive, derogatory remarks. Reply with compassion for those who cannot speak for themselves. Finally: (5) Don't let your behaviour make God sad. Be compassionate and tolerant, forgiving each other as God is compassionate in forgiving us. Live a life of love, love that doesn't stop for anything.
Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2 (Nathan Nettleton 2000, LaughingBird.net)

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