Jesus anointed by a sinful woman – The true worshipper

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Reading: Luke 7:36-50

Key Verse: Luke 7:47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.

We can see from Jesus explanation that the normal cultural practice towards a guest had not been followed, implying that Jesus had been invited not truly as a guest but to set a trap for him. When the uninvited woman, probably a protestute, came into the gathering Simon let the situation continue, thus proving to himself that Jesus’ credibility as prophet could be dismissed.

Simon thought sin was just in a person’s actions and that one could become contaminated by sin by association. Thus a godly person would keep themselves from sin by not mixing with sinners. Simon also though God would speak to Jesus and reveal to Jesus her background if he truly was a prophet. In this Simon was correct,God did revealed hidden secrets to Jesus but it was those of Simon’s own mind that were revealed.

Simon thought that everybody belong in two groups, holy and unholy sinners. In this he was correct, but he had placed himself in the holy group and this woman and now Jesus in the unholy sinful group. But the truth is Jesus alone is in himself holy, and therefore we all belong to the sinful group, whether we are very sinful or less sinful we are all born sinners and cannot cleanse ourselves of any sin no matter how small or great, we all alike stand condemned. Jesus in his parable showed that we are all in debt to God whether great or small amounts and none of us can repay anything.

This woman, who had been a great sinner, came in repentant faith to Jesus, and was made holy having all her sin taken away. While on the other hand Simon remained in the sinful situation that he started in because he would not trust in Jesus to take his sin away and convert him from the unholy group to the holy group. The woman’s thankfulness and love overflowing in her unadulterated worship of Jesus.

Sermon Points:
Easy to not see yourself in the story. It is important to apply truths to ourselves.”Where am I in the story?” How can I work on this? How do I apply? What do I need to work on?

When justifying our actions we instinctively think of someone worse than us.
Q1: Have you forgotten your debt that Jesus has paid?

Our hearts are temples of the Holy Spirit, places of worship to God
Q2: God cares about your worship. How do you worship God?

Q3: How does the world see you? Are you known for your love for God and the church?

Series: One Off

Preacher: Rev Roddy MacRae
Preached: Evening Service, 04 January 2015

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Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise

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Reading: 1 Chronicles 16:7-36, Psalms 100:1-5

Key Verse: Psalm 100:4
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name

Psalm 100 was possibly written and used in the time of the Exodus in the thanksgivings offering service.

The psalm calls all people everywhere both Jew and Gentile to acknowledge God, His goodness and to worship Him.

God is good his love endures forever. Elsewhere it says “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Therefore we are not take things for granted, but to be thankful in action and attitude like God expects of us.
Let us today give thanks – for people becoming Christian’s this year – for provision of our needs and more.

I love the Lord because ……….
He heard my voice, my prayer….
His faithfulness ….
His promises….
His provision….
of Jesus….
He will never leave me nor forsake me……..

Sermon Points:
A: Call to worship

B: Call to know God
1: Know God in Christ
2: Know God in Creation
3: Know God in His Care

C: Call to thanksgiving
1: God is good
2: His love endures for ever
3: He is faithful

Series: One Off

Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Noon Service, 16 November 2014

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