November 23, 2014
Matthew 25:31-46
Ephesians 1:15-23
Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100

The Paradox Of Orthodoxy

Fifth Sunday of Easter

from the book
CALLED TO JERUSALEM: SENT TO THE WORLD
Sermons For Lent And Easter


THEODORE F. SCHNEIDER



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Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

I. The Tables Are Turned

Stephen has just finished some heavy preaching. Whether we call it a sermon or a speech in his own defense, it was a solid witness to Jesus Christ.

It all started with the high priest's question to Stephen: "Is this so?" Unable to prevail in debates with Stephen, some members of the synagogue of the Freedmen had instigated false charges against Stephen, calling him before the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem. He was charged with continually speaking against the temple and against the law. Further, they reported that Stephen claimed Jesus of Nazareth would destroy the temple and change the laws of Moses.

Speaking in his own defense, Stephen provides an erudite and learned sweep of Hebrew history, demonstrating that the Jewish leaders and people have broken the covenant and the law of Moses repeatedly. "Unfaithfulness" had become outright rebellion, killing the prophets in the days of old and now, in these last days,...

This Fifth Sunday of Easter sermon, The Paradox Of Orthodoxy, is based on Acts 7:55-60 and relates to Fifth Sunday of Easter of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book CALLED TO JERUSALEM: SENT TO THE WORLD . 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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