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Sermon Snippet – 23rd September 2018

Every week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from what he said this week. The sermon title was “What qualities are needed for Pastoral Care?”

Jesus is our model and the Gospels are full of stories which we can look at to see how Jesus cared for others as he helped restore them into healthy relationships with God and with one another.  …

(One example is in John 8.3-11, when the religious leaders bring a woman caught in adultery to Jesus.)

Here we see how Jesus’ love for people meant he treated them with a dignity that others would often forget.

In the midst of a heated situation, in which he is the target as much as the woman, Jesus exudes a peace that created the context for truth to be told. Her accusers might have been shouting and baying for blood. Jesus just drew in the sand. 

Again we see that sin is confronted, in both his accusers and in the woman herself, and again kindness trumps judgement as he offers her forgiveness, even before she asks.

Jesus’ response was full of tenderness and compassion. He did not condone the woman’s behaviour, nor let her think it didn’t matter, but he had a bigger goal, that of restoring her into healthy relationships, with God and with others.