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On the Way to Easter Lent Talks 2009 12.2.09

On the Way to Easter Lent Talks 2009 12.2.09



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Published by Douglas Knight
Lent talks for the Church in London UK with discussion of marriage and social and economic challenges
Lent talks for the Church in London UK with discussion of marriage and social and economic challenges

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Published by: Douglas Knight on Feb 13, 2009
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On the Way to Easter
Lent talks 2009
First Sunday of Lent
Genesis 9.8-17
God said to Noah and to his sons with him, I am establishingmy covenant with you and your descendants after you
1 Peter 3.18-22
For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteousfor the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. God waited patiently in the daysof Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you
Mark 1.9-15
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and wasbaptised by John in the Jordan
1. God has brought with man into covenant with himself 2. The Covenant is open to us in Jesus Christ, through the Church andmediated by the Scripture that tells us about God's covenant people of Israel.3. The Church that is confident in the covenant of God and the promise of redemption can identify crises without fear and warn of disaster.4. As it celebrates the resurrection, the Church is able to receive judgment. The good news of the covenant is the basis on which we may receive thecorrection required for our redemption.5. Love aspires to permanence, and so seeks the correction anddiscipleship that will make it permanent.6. The Church teaches self-control and the ability to wait. Christiandiscipleship sustains our self-giving permanently. We have no need to giveourselves away to one another instantly or to withdraw ourselves again.7. It is only because it is a finite world that we have to learn how to actwithin it. It is only when we exercise self-restraint that we can actgenerously and for other people.8. We may give ourselves to one another permanently, man to woman, inthe covenant of marriage. Self-giving depends on difference and itmatures complementarity. Marriage raises morale and result from goodmorale.9. The Church celebrates the resurrection and the passion simultaneously.It travels to Easter through the passion of Lent.10. The Church withdraws in Lent in order to prepare for the trials that thiswitness requires.11. Christ withstands the rage of man-without-God, overcomes this rageand so will redeem us from it.
12. The Church is witness of this covenant to the nation. The Churchwitnesses to the nation, and the nation that receives this witness willreceive its judgment and receive the confidence that comes through thiscovenant.
1.On the way to Easter2.The covenant with man3.The goodness of creation4.The flood of unintended consequences5.Christ is baptised for us6.The ark of the Church
1. On the way to Easter
We are on the way to Easter. In these five talks I am going to lay out thepath the Church takes on its way there. The path is marked out by thereadings set for the five Sundays of Lent. These readings will tell us aboutthe relationship of God with man, and about the relationships betweenmen that are made possible by it. we will find that the Church points out tothe world that much more is possible when we are ready to hear about therelationship of God with man, than when the world is determined not tohear about any such relationship. Nevertheless, because the Church pointsto God, it is able to ask what sort of people we want to be. Through thisScripture we gain insight into our society that is available nowhere else.So I propose the of set out some of the questions these Scriptures areasking. A bishop does not presume to tell you something or other, but onlywhat the Church hears in Scripture and sings in its worship, and so whatyou yourself may hear and sing in Church this Sunday. You are the Church,and I am a servant of the Church. What the Church says it not only says inLent and Easter, but in every Church service. Easter simply spells out inlarge format what is going on every Sunday morning, when on behalf of the whole world the Christian community confesses its sins and receiveforgiveness, and so remains a confident people. For twelve years I havebeen bishop of this city. There is no greater city, and no more wonderfultask than to be the servant of the Christians of this city. Each year I havetalked about the social and moral pain that our society puts itself through,and the social and ecological costs involved. I have said the same thingsconsistently all this time. This our year I will spend a little longer on thesocial and economic pain and cost, and show how the Church that isconfident of the resurrection is uniquely able to talk about pain and cost,because it is formed by the promise of forgiveness and the hope of redemption.Easter is when new Christians are baptised into the Church. Lent is theway of preparation for those who are going to be baptised, and also the

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