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The Fellowship of Grace: Give Me Mine

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Below are my notes from the Sunday service on October 5 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. The current series is examining how the Gospel creates a new kind of community. This sermon introduces the Parable of the Prodigal Son which will be discussed over the next six weeks.

Scripture Reading – Luke 15:11-32 (ESV)

Luke 15:11-32 (ESV), courtesy of http://wordle.net/

Notes on the Sermon by Rev. Timothy Keller

Rev. Keller asks us to think about this familiar parable in a slightly different way. He summarizes the story as a picture of an assault on the community, because of idolatry, which is only overcome by agony. He then touched on the following topics.

  1. What is happening in the story? There is a two-front assault on the integrity of the family.
  2. What is the underlying cause of this assault? An idolatry.
  3. What is the source of this sin of idolatry tearing up the community? A disordered love.
  4. What is the ultimate meaning of life for Christians? Loving relationship enjoyed by the triune God.
  5. There is nothing more beautiful than an infinitely powerful and perfectly happy God who is willing to suffer for our sins.

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October 7, 2008 at 10:32 pm

The Fellowship of Grace: He Welcomes Sinners

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Beginning with this post, I am starting a new project to summarize teachings at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on a regular basis. Below are my notes from the Sunday service on September 28.

Scripture Reading – Luke 15:1-10 (ESV)

Luke 15:1-10 (ESV), courtesy of http://wordle.net

Notes on the Sermon by Rev. Timothy Keller

The “muttering” [Luke 15:2, NIV] from the Pharisees and the scribes triggers Jesus to deliver three parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin and the Prodigal Son. Conventional interpretations of these parables typically discuss how the Grace of God changes us as individuals.

In this 7-week series entitled the Fellowship of Grace, however, Rev. Keller wants to discuss them in a different light, exploring how these parables illustrate that the Grace of God, not only changes us individually, but also transforms us into a unique kind of group—a distinctive Gospel community.

Focusing on the parable of the Lost Sheep in particular, Rev. Keller asks the following three questions.

  1. What does the lost sheep teach us?
  2. What does the search itself teach us?
  3. What does the shepherd teach us?

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September 30, 2008 at 11:06 pm