The Church: Where We Have Been - 10/14/2012

Sermon text:  Ephesians 4:7-16

     A new pastor in Topeka, Kansas spent the first four days making personal visits to each of his prospective congregation inviting them to come to his inaugural services.

   The following Sunday the church was all but empty. Accordingly, the pastor placed a notice in the local newspapers, stating that, because the church was dead, it was everyone’s duty to give it a decent Christian burial. The funeral would be held the following Sunday afternoon.

   Morbidly curious, a large crowd turned out for the ‘funeral’.

    In front of the pulpit they saw a closed coffin that was covered in flowers. After the minister had delivered the eulogy, he opened the coffin and invited the congregation to come forward and pay their final respects to their dead church.

   Filled with curiosity as to what would represent the corpse of a ‘dead church’, all the people eagerly lined up to look in the coffin. Each ‘mourner’ peered into the coffin … then quickly turned away with a guilty, sheepish look.

   In the coffin, tilted at just the right angle, was a LARGE MIRROR.

    OUCH!  … Read full sermon here (PDF)