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NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019 – Covenant Community Church, Birmingham Alabama


Sunday is the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost. The lectionary scripture focus of the Gospel right now covers Jesus’ teaching ministry. This month I’m using them as the basis for a sermon series which revisits our Covenant Vision and Mission statements.

I wonder how many of us remember “WWJD” or “What would Jesus do?” It became a popular phrase/question in the 1990s. It supposedly was as a personal motto Christians used as a reminder of their belief in a moral imperative to act in a manner that would demonstrate the love of Jesus through their actions. Associated with “WWJD” was a type of wristband that was very popular with folks to wear. I must confess I even had a couple.

However, nowadays, I wonder if that whole thing was just marketing ploy that was never really intended to discern what Jesus would do. I ask because why does one need to wonder what Jesus would do when Jesus in the scripture very clearly told us what He would do and even told us what to do.

Jesus said in the second greatest commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” In the story of “The Good Samaritan,” Jesus defines who is our neighbor, how we are to respond to those in need, and instructs those listening (including us), to “Go and do likewise.”

Now, one can decide not to follow Jesus’ instructions, as many do; but there is no need to ask, “What would Jesus do?” Jesus made that very clear. We at Covenant understand what Jesus would do as we seek to live out our mission that says we are to “Care about one another in Christ” and “Communicate Christ to all people”.

Join us in worship this Sunday to find out “what Jesus would have us to do?” My sermon is “The Urgency of the Mission: Part 1 – “Caring About Others & Communicating Christ” using the story of “The Good Samaritan” in “Luke 10:25-37.”

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