Wrap Yourself in Scripture by Karen L. Dwyer
W.R.A.P. (Write, Reflect, Apply, Pray)
P.R.A.Y. (Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield)
A half-truth is a statement that includes some element of truth; the statement might be partly true, but in leaving out the rest of the truth, it brings about a deception. The half-truth often leads us to embrace a whole lie. In this series, we will confront popular misconceptions our culture believes. These half-truths will be juxtaposed with some of the most profound and beautiful celebrations of our faith.
Week One: The Way
The first homily in the message series “Half-Truth,” comes on the Ascension of the Lord.
We begin our series by exploring the half-truth, “there are many ways to God.” Often when we say this, we actually mean there are many ways to experience God. On the Feast of the Ascension, we will unpack this statement and explore how we can experience God in many beautiful ways, yet they all lead back to Christ (whether we realize it or not).
Week Two: The Church
The second homily in the message series “Half-Truth,” comes on Pentacost.
This week, we tackle the half-truth “I don’t need the Church to find God.” Yes, God is everywhere and a large part of our faith is personal. On Pentecost Sunday, the birthday of our church, we will tease out the nuances in this statement and delve into the whole truth, that we are the body of Christ and each part of that body has an integral role.
Week Three: The Faith
Consider the statement “All religions are the same.” All religions do struggle with and attempt to answer the same questions … but not all religions come to the same conclusions. On this beautiful feast of the Most Holy Trinity, we will contemplate God, the eternal exchange of love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and what that means for us.
Week Four: The Eucharist
On Corpus Christi, we gather to celebrate the Body and Blood of Christ. It is an appropriate day to tackle the half-truth, “the Holy Eucharist is just a symbol.” Here we will study the Passover experience of the enslaved Israelites in Egypt and its connection to Jesus’s sacrifice as the spotless lamb … and the truth of the Eucharist, that it is indeed the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus.
Week Five: The Choice
We wrap up our Message Series “Half Truth” with the statement, “God won’t give us more than we can handle.” We often lean into this statement, hoping against hope it is true. But God does allow us to receive more than we can take, we see it played out in the Bible over and over again. This week, we debunk the dangerous conclusions this line of thought can lead to and explore the whole truth … He will always offer his help, power, and assistance.
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