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Crossing Borders And Breaking Down Boundaries
The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1

from the book
Sermons On The Second Readings
Series I, Cycle C

Robert S. Crilley


Acts 8:14-17


 

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Luke reports this story in such an understated and matter-of-fact style that one could easily miss the significance of what is being described here. In the space of four brief verses, we're told that Peter and John are sent on behalf of the apostles in Jerusalem to pray over and lay their hands upon some recent converts to Christianity. But mind you, they are doing this in Samaria, of all places. That's not only remarkable; it's nothing short of revolutionary.

As you no doubt recall, there was a long history of enmity between the Jews and the Samaritans. It all started back in the eighth century B.C., when the Assyrians invaded the Northern Kingdom. As conquerors were wont to do in those days, they proceeded to transport the brightest and best of the population away. Basically, the only folks they left were the ones they had little use for -- the poor, the less educated, and the unskilled. Eventually, these people ...

This The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 sermon, Crossing Borders And Breaking Down Boundaries, is based on Acts 8:14-17 and relates to The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 of Cycle C of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The Second 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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