THE BORN-AGAIN SERMONS, Part Four: The Man Born Blind

 Pastor Chico Martin

March 26, 2017   The Fourth Sunday of Lent

John 9


Today’s Gospel tells the story of the man born blind; it’s a story that we all share and love to sing about:

“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see.”

When John Newton wrote this song, he was writing about his personal experience, and when we sing this song, we’re singing about our personal experience.  That is, we’re all born blind, and now we see.

The details are different, of course; but conversion stories follow a pattern:

“’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear,
the hour I first believed!”
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THE BORN-AGAIN SERMONS, Part Three: The Water of the Body and the Water of the Spirit

Pastor Chico Martin

March 19, 2017   The 3rd Sunday of Lent

Exodus 17:1-7; John 4:5-42

Today we hear two stories: the first, from Exodus, tells the story of Water from the Rock; the second, from John’s Gospel, the story of the Woman at the Well.  In the story from Moses, we hear how God provides water to his thirsty people; “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again.” This is the water that makes up over 50% of our body.  In the Gospel story, at Jacob’s Well, Jesus offers “the well of living water,” to the Samaritan woman.  “Living water” can’t be drawn with a bucket.  The water of the body and the water of the Spirit are both necessary to life, but they meet very different needs. Continue reading