July 23, 2017
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Romans 8:12-25
Genesis 28:10-19a
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24

The Reward

Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7

from the book
Sermons On The Second Reading
Series I, Cycle A

James L. Killen, Jr., Jr.

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The Rock opera, Jesus Christ, Superstar, pictures Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, asking God if it is really necessary for him to die on the cross. In deep anguish he prays, among other things, "I'd have to know, I'd have to know, my Lord, if I die, what will be my reward?" We don't think or talk much about the reward of the Christian life. I suppose we feel reluctant to ask because we think that, if we are being Christian just for what we get out of it, we are probably doing it for the wrong reason. But the question sometimes occurs to most of us, doesn't it? And in our scripture lessons for today, Paul mentions a reward. So let's let ourselves ask the question just this once. What is the reward that comes to those who live the Christian life?

There is a reward. When we think about the Christian's reward, we usually think of something that ...

This Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 sermon, The Reward, is based on 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 and relates to Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The Second Reading . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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