“The Politics of Jesus” is the October sermon topic within First Church Congregational, on the Square in Downtown Painesville. Rev. Tom Cofer explores Jesus Christ’s role in addressing political issues, not in a “partisan political” manner but in teaching his followers to cope with their political environments. The services are at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., each Sunday in October.
The first sermon, Sunday October 1st, introduced a context for Jesus’ political environment – the Israeli era of captivity and exodus from Egypt, plus their various foreign rulers, last being the Romans at the time he was born.
“We don’t think of Jesus as a ‘political’ figure, however, nothing could be further from the truth,” Rev. Cofer says. “By the time of Jesus’ arrival, the Jewish people had already experienced an extensive history of being oppressed and dominated by foreign rule, as well as the kingship of leaders who exploited the people. They had a cycle of following God, then turning away from God, and this basically repeated until Christ came.”
Rev. Cofers will focus on relevant scriptures throughout the month. “Yes, part of Jesus’ message was about the coming kingdom of God, and about what it would be like when that day came, but he also spoke truth to power and led people to God through word and deed by challenging the authorities and the people to work toward creating a new reality,” he adds.
The weekly sermon topics are:
- October 1st: Before and During the Roman Empire: Exploring History and Setting the Stage for Jesus’ Context. Before and During the Roman Empire: Exploring History and Setting the Stage for Jesus’ Context. Scriptures: Exodus 15:1-21; 1 Samuel 8; various snippets from the prophets. The Israelites had a history of being oppressed, and God would bring them deliverance, and God would give all the possibility of deliverance through Christ. We will explore the oppression of the people of Israel, and their back and forth relationship with God, which will set the stage for Jesus and his life-giving, liberating message.
- October 8th: Jesus’ Politics: People’s Needs are Holy & Giving a Voice to the Voiceless. Jesus’ Politics: People’s Needs are Holy & Giving a Voice to the Voiceless. Scriptures: Matthew 6:9-13; Mark 11:15-19.
- October 15th: Jesus’ Politics: Expose Oppression & Naming the Enemy. Jesus’ Politics: Expose Oppression & Naming the Enemy Scriptures: Matthew 10:1-16; Mark 5:1-10.
- October 22nd: Jesus Politics: Righteous Anger at the Mistreatment of Others; Taking Hits and Not Returning Them; Don’t Just Explain the Kingdom of God, but Show It. Jesus Politics: Righteous Anger at the Mistreatment of Others; Scriptures: Mark 1:40-45; Matthew 5:38-41; John 6:1-15
- October 29th: Practicing the Politics of Jesus Today. Practicing the Politics of Jesus Today. Matthew 13:44-52. What can we take from what we have studied of Christ the last few weeks and how can we apply it to the world we live in today. Come and find out! As we will see, Jesus’ message to us is one of great possibility as well as something that we can continue to work towards and make a real difference.
First Church Congregational is located at 22 Liberty Ave, Painesville. For information, contact the church at 440-357-7518 or email Christy Duffus, [email protected]. Or go the website for directions and other First Church Congregational information, First Church Congregational.
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