AUGUST 11, 2019

Preaching Pastor:  Rev. Dave Carpenter
Sermon Title: “Love Kindness”
Scripture: Micah 6:8, Matthew 11:28-30, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, Galatians 5:1, 13 & 22, 2 Samuel 9:1, 3b-8
Sermon Notes:
Today we come to the middle exhortation of Micah’s famous declaration of God’s desire for our lives; “to love kindness”. Have you noticed that the word “kindness”, and its accompanying concept, has been enjoying a bit of a resurgence in popular culture over the last number of years? The internet is packed with references to various “kindness” campaigns and movements that people are promoting. The boo,k and then movie, “Wonder” about a boy with a facial deformity has spawned a “Choose Kind” campaign based on Mr. Brown’s precept in the movie, “If you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.” The “Be Kind” movement uses the slogan, “One kind act can change someone’s life. Many such acts can create a movement”. So what does the word “kind” really mean? How is it different from its currently lame and impotent cousin “Nice”? Why do so many believe it can change the landscape of this mean, fearful reactionary world we are living in? Though studying the etymology of words doesn’t typically change someone life, I think there are some eye opening lessons to be learned from the history of the word “kind”, and the way it is used in scripture, that just could have a deep impact on our own lives, and subsequently, the lives of all those around us.
READ: Micah 6:8, Matthew 11:28-30, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, Galatians 5:1, 13 & 22, 2 Samuel 9:1, 3b-8
1) How do you understand the difference between “being nice” and “being kind”?
2) Where does true “kindness” come from? Is it a choice we make or a natural expression of deeper things at play in our lives? Could it be both?
3) What are specific, intentional things we can do to put ourselves in a “kinder” state of mind? How does our relationship with God fit into the equation?
4) How is “kindness” related to and/or differenet from “justice”? If true kindness is giving people what they actually need, what are some specific things you could do this week to show kindness to others?
Rev. Dave Carpenter, Pastor
Rev. Lora East,
Associate Pastor