Sunday, January 18, 2015 * Worship @ 10:30 * Bible Study @ 9:15
Sermon: Dreams & Temptations
Sacred Text: Matthew 4:1-17
Wisdom Words: “I Have a Dream” speech
Our sacred text this week comes from the gospel of Matthew.
Matthew 4:1-17 is the story of Jesus being tempted prior to the start of his ministry. Traditionally we have thought of the tempter as an evil character or even Satan but that is not quite correct.
According to Richard Swanson, “The Greek word is not quite so devilish: it refers physically to the act of throwing something across someone’s path, and is well-translated as “slanderer.” Such a character is no ally, but neither is a slanderer necessarily a cosmic force of evil.”
You can read the scripture in the Common English Bible or in your favorite translation.
I will be pairing the scripture with a wisdom text in the coming weeks. The wisdom text for this week is an excerpt from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. You can read it at the National Archives by clicking here or watch a video from Salt Project.
See you Sunday!