Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. Eugene Sherman
Delivered On
May 20, 2018 at 10:45 AM
Subject
Oneness in Christ
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Oneness in Christ

 

Oneness in Christ    “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ. For   as many of you as have been baptized unto Christ have put on   Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond   nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in   Christ Jesus”   Galatians 3:26-28.
Throughout human history there has existed practices of
making difference among people. Numerous standards have been
and many are yet being used to make the distinctions. Some of the
frequently used criteria are: race, nationality, gender, education,
social class and age.
Unfortunately, African Americans, as a group, has been
subjected to inequalities and injustices owing to this practice of
imposing a classificatory scheme of race to impose division
between black and white people in America.
Although Court decisions have been rendered, executive
orders have been issued, and legislative code have been enacted –
all of which were designed to promote justice and equality for
minority Americans, there continue to exist many subtle practices
of inequality. Ironically, the motto – E Pluribus Union – is more
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an ideology that a reality. Hence, color or race seems to clutter
the intent of that noble ideal.
While this unfortunate system of making differences among
people in America, it must be noted that various forms of this
system have existed in various countries at different times. Our
text today will be lifted from the First Century when Christianity
was being carried into the Gentile World. The location was known
as Galatia and the dominant group was known as Galatians.
Although the Galatians were gradually beginning to accept
Christianity as their new religion, they were yet clinging to the
Jewish practice of circumcision. It was in response to this
misconception that Paul told them that they were all one in      Christ .That assertion will be used as the subject of our sermon
for today;  it can be stated in the following manner – Oneness in
Christ.
The sermon is anchored by three realities of human existence;
namely: human dependancy, human training, and human
gregariousness. Each of these realities will be analyzed within
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a psycho social context, but with religious implications.
Prior to addressing these topics, attention will be focused on
the Book of Galatians. This book was written by Saint Paul. It is
Galatians, the textual Book for today was written by Saint
Paul around the time of 60 AD. The book was in response to
Paul’s receipt of knowledge that the Galatians were making
a distinction between themselves and a segment of their
population known as the Gauls. They viewed the Gauls as near
barbarians and felt no restraint in misleading and exploiting the
Gauls. Hence, the religious leaders known as Judaizer, or
religious leaders sought to deliberately mislead the Gauls. In this
regard, they insisted that the Gauls must keep the Law, be
circumcised, and have faith in order to be a Christian.  It was
to correct this mis information that Paul wrote his letter to the
Galatians.  Essentially, the theme of that Book is found in our
text today – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond
nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in
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Christ  Jesus. ( Gal 3:28 ).
Beloved, that same glorious message continues to ring across
the annals of time and is signal to us that we, too, are included in
the Oneness in Christ. Against this background on the Book of
Galatians, let us turn to the three concerns, the first of which is
that of human existence.
Biologists remind us that we are born as a biological entity
with varying potentials that may lie undeveloped unless properly
nurtured. In this connection, psychologists and sociologists tell us
that our development must occur within a bonding and structured
process. Thus, over an extended period of time, each of us, moved
from a near helpless infant to the person that we are now.
While legal codes, school regulations, and social expectations –
all embody norms by which the training should occur, the Holy
Bible, also, contains teachings about the process of transforming
the helpless child into a normal and progressive individual. Just
a few of the admonitions are: Train up the child in the way that he

 

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should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Another
teaching is focused on the Oneness in Christ; it is found in
Ephesians 6:4  And fathers, provoke no your children to wrath,
but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
This emphasis on bring up the child leads to the second
consideration of the sermon, training the Child. Although there
a legal mandates to insure that the child is afforded an opportunity
to get an education, there is no such provision to guarantee that
the child will be exposed to Christian values. Thus, that
responsibility tends to fall on the parent(s) or other guardians of
the child. This parental responsibility was readily accepted during
biblical times. Hanna trained Samuel and later carried him to the
Temple where he would work for Eli the Priest; Joseph and Mary
carried Jesus to the Synagogue, a place where he would later
declared the God had sent him to preach the gospel; and Paul
reminded Timothy that both him mother and grandmother were
religious persons and had provided him with sound doctrines.

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Beloved, here we have but three references to family obligations
for religious training, but there are many others and each one
shows the need for the parent to be knowledgeable about God,
have faith in God, and a burning desire to impart that conviction
to the child. In attempting to fulfill this task, it is important to
heed the Biblical warning about the difficulty of the blind leading
the blind (Luke 6:39 )
In the process of teaching family and religious values, parents
must be ever mindful of the fact that children are lured to outside
attractions, a fact that leads to the last consideration in our text,
namely, the gregariousness of human nature.  This big word       merely denotes that tendency of people to crave the association of
others, or a desire to be around people.  While sociability is highly
desirable, it can have disastrous consequences if the child
becomes involved  with the wrong groups. Nearly fifty years ago, a
criminologist named Sutherland, wrote about differential       association.  He used that theme to explain the reality of a good
boy becoming involved with the wrong group.  Since that time,
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concepts such as peer group pressure, and delinquent sub
cultures have become part of every day language. To offset or
counter act these negative influences, parents must seek to instill
a positive self image within the child; they must emphasize the
role of Christianity is maintaining a feel of confidence, and they
must never close the channels of communication with the children.
Finally, this Christian notion of Oneness in Christ has
implications not just for children; rather it applies to all of us.
We were nurture by our family, we found joy with our friends,
we experienced satisfactions in our secondary groups: sororities,
fraternities, Masonic order, Eastern Star, Civic Clubs; we derived
comfort in our Church affiliations; but we attained Oneness in
Christ. Beloved, all of these sources of human support are highly
desirable, but the one draw back is that they are all temporary.
Soon they will begin to fade…family members will pass… but
only Christ, who declared himself to forever be alive, will last.
Hence, we need, and I seriously urge all of us, to seek the
everlasting security offered through the Oneness in Christ. Amen  


 

 

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