Sermon Snap Shot November 24, 2019

Sermon Snap Shot November 24, 2019

Lesson 15: Like Simon Peter, we step onto the path toward sainthood when we begin to embrace that we have been set apart by God, for God.
A few weeks ago around All Saints’ Day I was asked the question, “Who do we consider the saints?” Well, in our tradition, it simply means this: persons who have chosen to live their lives with the understanding that they have been set apart by God – that they belong to God – and that their reason for being is to live for and honor God and God’s ways.
When Simon Peter heard the call, “Drop your nets and follow me” and did just that, he stepped onto the path toward sainthood.
When Simon Peter recommitted his life to Jesus on that beach (“Do you love me? Do you love me? Do you love me?” – “Yes, Lord, you know I love you”), he continued his journey toward sainthood.
When Simon Peter allowed the Holy Spirit to use him at Pentecost and in the weeks and months to follow, he continued his journey toward sainthood.
When Simon Peter opened his mind and heart to the ways in which God’s plan was far bigger than he ever imagined, he continued his journey toward sainthood.
And when Simon Peter became an advocate for those whom the early church were prepared to exclude, he continued his journey toward sainthood.
When they tell our stories one day, how will they describe us?
From factory worker who labored to provide for his or her family…to sainthood?
From life-long educator and coach who sacrificed for his or her students…to sainthood?
From faithful spouse who cared for his or her loved ones…to sainthood?
From cancer survivor, abuse victim, drug addict, all-around obstacle overcomer…to sainthood?
From Sunday November 24 message based on Acts 15:1-11 and I Peter 4:1-11, “Simon Peter: The Wise Leader and Martyred Saint”
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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