“Radical Compassionism,” a Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany [2/24/19]

Today’s Passage:  Luke 6:27-38

Opening Prayer: Father God, We can see that Jesus was quite a revolutionary, but not in the military sense that many of us may first think of.  Many of His ideas and teachings were countercultural back when He walked the earth… and are seen similarly today as well.  We know Your ways are not our ways.  Help us to delve into the Scriptures to learn more of Your ways and to understand more fully the teachings of Jesus Christ.  May the Holy Spirit guide us in our study and search.  May He grow us in wisdom and understanding.  May He show us how to apply these things in our daily lives.  In Jesus’ name, I pray.  Amen.

Opening Song: Matthew West – Forgiveness (Lyrics)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1Lu5udXEZI

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: “Radical Compassionism” by Jim Somerville, pastor of First Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia.
Today’s passage is one that we are probably all familiar with at some level.  Luke 6:27-38 includes “The “Golden Rule,” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  Jim Somerville, pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church, points out that this phrase existed in other texts before Jesus’ time and had probably been “domesticated” just as it is today.  In today’s text, Jesus takes it further: “Love your enemies.” Somerville coins the phrase “radical compassionism” to describe this kind of love.  It is what Jesus taught and lived every day of his life.  Is it what we should live and do every day of ours?

or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WckOpLUhrbg

Closing Song:  Third Day – Your Words (Lyric Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqaA8XBI15o

Closing Prayer:  Jesus presented us with a different way to live our lives.  His ways are a radical departure from the way we would normally think to live life.  Father God, may we be filled with compassion for others.  May we love and care for others in the same way that Jesus taught us and modeled for us.  As it is written, may we do to others as we would have them do to us [Luke 6:31].  In His holy name, I pray.  Amen.

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The River Run Church is affiliated with the International Church of the Nazarene. We are located in the North Central Mission Area of the Maine District.
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