Click the link below to hear the sermon as preached at 10.00 a.m. on the 29th of April:
- In Acts 4.12 Peter tells the assembled rulers, elders and scribes that “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”
- In John 10.16 Jesus tells those who are gathered around him that “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”
- We shall not be saved by any particular political system.
- We shall not be saved by the acquisition of more goods and power than another person or people.
- We shall not saved by imitating this celebrity or another celebrity.
- It means to break down the walls of hostility between male and female, Jew and Greek, slave and free.
- It means to grasp the paradox that true wealth is found by giving rather than accumulating.
- It means to be made whole, the New Testament understanding of salvation, in this life not only in some hoped-for future.
Before Jesus walked this earth, the prophet Micah refused to limit religious orthodoxy to participation in the Temple rituals in Jerusalem. In answer to the question, "With what shall I come before the Lord?", Micah responded, "[The Lord] has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6.6, 8)
- To proclaim that there is no other name under heaven by which we are saved is to proclaim that it is only God who saves and no other.
- To proclaim that belief in Jesus leads to salvation is to follow the way embodied by Jesus that leads us to maturity in this life even as it promises us a future in God’s reign.
- To proclaim that we believe there to be one shepherd and one flock is to know that the only shepherd is God and that the only flock is the human race.