June 25, 2017
Matthew 10:24-39
Romans 6:1b-11
Genesis 21:8-21
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17

Who's Who?

Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2

from the book
Sermons On The Gospel Readings
Series II, Cycle A


Charles L. Aaron, Jr.



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The first chapter of John bears some similarity to the pilot episode of a television series. In that first episode, the writers and director want to introduce all of the main characters. In a television series, what we learn about the main characters in the first episode helps us understand them for the rest of the time the show is on the air and to see how they develop over the course of the series. John's narrative begins after the prologue, a hymn or poem that sets John's theological agenda. Once the narrative begins in verse 19, John focuses on identifying the characters of his gospel.

All of the gospels introduce John the Baptist early in their narratives. John introduces him differently than the other gospels. The other gospels tell us something about John's preaching and ministry of baptism at the Jordan River. John skips over that part of the Baptist's ministry. We don't hear about the Baptist denouncing the...

This Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 sermon, Who's Who?, is based on John 1:29-42 and relates to Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The Gospel Readings . 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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