Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 26-JUL-2020 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Pentecost 8 – In the selected portion of his letter to Christians in Rome, Paul shows how determined he is to acknowledge that nothing, not even death, can separate us from God's love. You can be confident that you are known through and through by the Creator Spirit of God himself, and that the Spirit will intercede on your behalf when you simply can't know how to pray or what to pray for. You are assured that you can ask God whatever you want, and it will be done – but what you want reveals what you are. There is a need for discernment, honesty with one's inner self, because prayers are so often for the fulfilment of a selfish whim or personal advantage. Discernment is a willingness to open up and reveal whims, wishes and desires to the scrutiny of God's wisdom. The Quaker tradition has a way of dealing with the problem: if you are facing a difficult decision and don't know what to do or how to act, you can ask a group of trusted friends to form a "Clearance Committee", and at an agreed time and place your friends can ask you honest, open-ended questions and quietly wait for your honest, carefully considered responses. What we need is God's kingdom, his reign and his presence.
Romans 8: 26-39

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