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What's at the Center? (2 Corinthians 5:14-17)

April 21, 2019 Speaker: Dr. David Silvernail Series: Easter Sermons

Topic: Sermons Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:14–17

Well, this week it’s Easter Sunday so we’re going to a break from Jeremiah to talk about the “So What?” of Easter.  There are a lot of people in the world today (including many of your neighbors and co-workers) who hear us talk about faith and respond with something to the effect of “I’m glad that works for you but it’s not for me.  It doesn't have any bearing on my hectic life in too-busy world.”

So, how do you respond to that kind of statement?  You could challenge it and show them where they’re wrong, but that probably won't win them over.  You could commiserate with them on how hard life is, and they might be appreciative, but you’re still not winning them over.  So what can we do?  Well, it’s often more effective to ask gentle questions that force them to stop and think about their own life.  And if you ask good questions, you'll often find that they don't have good answers, and they know it.  And that opens the conversation to spiritual things.

People are more willing to talk about spiritual things during the Easter season than any other time of year.  One reason is that Easter is not weighted down with nearly as much cultural baggage as Christmas ­ I mean, the Easter Bunny just can't compete with Santa Claus when it comes to popular culture.  So, this Sunday we’re going to talk about one way to have that kind of conversation at Easter.  People tend to get skittish when you ask about their soul, so we’re going to get there by using the more common cultural language of “What’s at the center of your life?”

And that means we’re not only going to be asking that question, but also showing how Jesus answers that question far better than we ever could.  It should be interesting.  See you Easter Sunday!  Dr. Dave

P.S. Don’t forget about the Good Friday service, 7 pm at Ketoctin Covenant in Purcellville, and for you morning people, our Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 am on the lawn at Harper Park.