I have never written a sermon. I have never preached a sermon. I have never looked up the Greek and the Hebrew and then formulated an intelligent argument for why the Bible says something it says. For the most part I just read my study bible, I read the notes in the margins and the middle column of the page, I go check out the references it gives, I check out other translations . . . OK, wait a minute. Maybe I have done a little more sermon prep work than I thought. But I truly have never put it all together in a sermon, either written or verbal. Unless you count my New Testament class in college, and I’m not even sure I was saved then. (Did I just admit that?)
So here goes. This is my first “official” sermon. Don’t go away, you’ll like it.
Here is my text: John 15:16: “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. ” (NKJV)
The key part I’m focusing on is you did not choose Me but I chose you. That word chose in the Greek is the word eklego which means: to pick out, to select, to choose for oneself, not necessarily implying the rejection of what is not chosen, but choosing with the subsidiary ideas of kindness or favor or love. (Vine’s Expository Dictionary)
And here is what all of this means to me: Jesus picked me first for dodgeball! He looked at all His options and He chose me! He chose us! We are the best on the team! We are the ones that He trusts to get the job done. Isn’t that cool? Now go get the job done!
I love short sermons.
Enjoy your day!