|Rev. Ryo Kasama, Preacher of Tokyo Kalbarri Church, January 12, 2020
“Being a disciple” 福 Gospel of John 18: 25-27
The new year is also the second week, and the sermons will return to John's gospel commentary again. The Gospel of John also has a few remaining chapters.
Have you ever wondered what worship is absolutely necessary?
To put this in perspective, Catholics and Protestants are a bit different, but in Protestantism this is at least necessary: reading the Bible, professing the religion, and regularly I think you will receive the sacrament. Touch the word of God in the Bible and declare "I believe in God" by confession of faith. With these two, worship can be kept to a minimum. When we read the Bible together and state our apostolic beliefs, we end our worship. It takes less than 10 minutes. After that, if you have the sacrament at least once a year, this will at least protect your worship. However, this is very bland and cannot be expected to grow in religion. The real feeling of walking in the direction of God is difficult to achieve by itself.
The next important thing is that it will be a sermon. Although the Bible is fundamental to the Protestant Church, I believe that the Bible only has power when it is understood not just by reading it. If you simply read the Bible, you are just saying what is written. It is important to think about what is written there. The Bible itself is not powerful. The Bible becomes a holy book only after understanding its contents.
説 Because the preaching is necessary for the understanding, the worship always includes the sermon.
実 However, there is actually more than one preaching in the worship. For example, a lecture. It is to share the results of Bible study without feelings. It's a way to talk about research results. This is sometimes also spoken in worship in the sense of knowing exactly the meaning of the Bible. And it is a sermon to give meaning to and talk about the result as God's word. In addition, if someone other than the pastor does something close to preaching, we call it encouraging. It is no different from a minister's sermon, but it can be done, for example, by a non-worshipper or a believer, and many churches use the word encouragement instead of preaching.
And there is another testimony. This is about how the speaker has a relationship with God. Tell me how God is working on me in my past or present, and how I am responding to him. There is a great feature that it is not based on the Bible but based on one's own experience.
教会 I have not been witnessing in worship at this church since I was assigned, but witnessing is also important to understand the faith of the person and to reflect on myself.
We will talk about the testimony today.
聖 書 The Bible you read today is a famous story that tells you that Peter, the most disciple of Jesus, did not know Jesus. As it says at 13:37, at the last supper, Peter said to Jesus, "I will give up my life for you." Then, after Jesus was captured, when he said, "Are you not one of his disciples?", He said, "No."
人 It's no wonder that the person who claims to be Jesus's most disciple says that he cannot be placed upwind of his disciple.
に と っ て It's a shameful history for Peter as well. Especially after the resurrection of Jesus, Peter built the church and became its leader. Having such a bad past is not a good idea.
However, this betrayal of Peter is found in all four Gospels. It's a very famous story. So why is it so famous? In fact, it is said that this was because Peter himself was actively talking about this.
I don't want to say such a shameful history if you think about it normally. In particular, Peter is the leader of the church after Jesus returned to heaven. It is a shame that such a person tells the past that betrayed Jesus. No leader would normally tell such a thing. But dare to say it. There is a good reason for that.
It is because Peter seems to have said that "I am saved by Jesus like this."
I mentioned earlier that Peter's betrayal was a shame, but even if he did that embarrassing thing to Jesus, he was convinced that he would forgive him. I have sinned this much, but Jesus has forgiven me. How wonderful is that? Peter speaks not of his own betrayal, but of his conviction that he will save those who believe in Jesus. That's why I could say something shameful.
This is an event between Peter and Jesus. And it is a word packed with Peter's thoughts.
Proof is to talk about my relationship with Jesus. It's about thinking about Jesus in my life of faith, what he did to me, and where I'm going to take him. But at its fundamental point, it is a testimony to the fact that Jesus has forgiven me and will continue to forgive me. Jesus whom Peter talks about is Jesus who forgives Peter.
The witness is basically for the believer. If you feel that you have touched God in your life, or from your own experience, telling God what you are honest with is a testimony. I will only talk about the relationship between "I and Jesus."
After suffering that he betrayed Jesus, Peter would have had the greatest joy of forgiving him.
実 The real feeling of being forgiven in life is a great blessing given to those who are in touch with God. Fortunately, those who come to terms with the fact that believing in Jesus is forgiven in their lives. That is because living is blessed by God.
|This page is translated from Japanese by google translation.