Sunday, February 27, 2011
Black History Month Sermon by Rev. Mayvone Moton @ Tinney Chapel
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God Has A Message For Everyone
Preached Today @ Tinney Chapel
Rev. Mayvone Moton prefaced her message today by explaining how God always speaks to her in her quiet time, often at 4 am and waking her up when she'd rather sleep. But that's when God wants to give her ideas for her preaching topic.
She told how she must get up at that time, when God wants her full attention, and pay close attention, while also taking notes for that day's sermon presentation.
Today, her message for Black History Month Worship was based on John 10:10, which compares the mission of a thief who comes only to steal, while Jesus came with a mission that we might all have life, and--here, she made a strong emphasis--that we might have it more abundantly!
Jesus came, Rev. Moton emphasized, and allowed Himself to be crucified, to die for our sins and to be resurrected. It was not forced upon Jesus. He allowed it to happen.
Rev. Moton believes that God communicates with all of us in different ways that suit His purpose--and ours. The way He communicates with you will doubtless be different from the way He communicates with someone else.
With Rev. Moton, God keeps it simple, direct: Right to the point.
For Rev. Moton, Jesus' intent that we all should have abundant lives can be compared with a baked potato, either plain Jane (with no tasty toppings) or one that is "loaded" with all the extras. Rev. Moton believes that Jesus thinks it's OK for us to have lives like that: loaded with lots of purpose-filled extra toppings. No plain-Jane lives for Rev. Moton, nor for Jesus either, she emphasized. Jesus wants us to learn things at Sunday School, to be inspired at worship service, to enjoy good lives: Abundant lives.
When people ask Rev. Moton how she is, her reply is also simple and to the point: "Blessed."
It's Black History Month, emphasized Rev. Moton, who referred to Rev. Dr. Martin L. King's "I Have A Dream" speech, in which he longed for the day when his own children would be judged not by the color of their skins, but by the content of their characters.
Jesus commands us to love one another! Not to judge one another, added Rev. Moton: Not to judge by skin color, economic status or things of that nature. After all, she noted: We are all created in the image of God.
Meanwhile, Rev. Moton acknowledged that racism is alive and well in the world today, and not just against black people, but also against people's sexuality and other criteria that is off limits when it comes to the command of the Lord Jesus: We are to love one another.
It's up to God's people to change all that racism and lack of love in the world, added Rev. Moton. If allowed to, racism can steal our very spirituality!
So, let's not judge. Instead, let us all love one another, and do so unconditionally, just as Jesus loves. Let's all be a part of something great in this life. This abundant life.
And, never forget that we are all part of One Body!