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Immanuel Baptist Church
815 Park Avenue
Rochester, New York 14607

                                                                                             

Immanuel Baptist Church
Reformation Sunday
October 29, 2017

A sermon in under three minutes - my thesis on reforming the church

So Martin Luther pro-tested for change in the institutional Catholic Church and the Protestant Church hit its stride. The American Baptist Church is not an institution its a congregation; likewise, Immanuel is people all of us.

The symbolism of nailing theses on a door worked for Luther, for us not so much. For us, Pin the Tail on the Donkey is closer not that Im calling anyone a donkey so forget that! Lets go with etching onto our heart and burning into our soul.

To change the church is not to change the other it is to change ourselves back into Oneness. Its not to be one with the church, but to be the church; be the change you want to see.

We are one God, one world, one community, one church. This is not something different; this is the universal and eternal reality. To not be one church is to not be one community is to not be one world is to not be one God. The only purpose of the church is to enhance and share the experience of universal and eternal reality and that reality originates in and emanates from each one of us. To refuse membership is to deny your creation as one with Creation. It is to refuse to acknowledge the reality of Oneness.

Thats what the institutional church of today is. In Matthew 25 Jesus spoke of gathering the nations and separating sheep and goats; not wolves, not enemies of Oneness, but good people hesitant to surrender to Oneness. The universal and eternal reality is we are one were all sheep, and shepherd. Oneness is perfection, incomplete without the imperfections of all of us blended all through it.

In the church of the future the change I see is less goats, more sheep. There is no us or the other, no we or the church. Joining the church is personally and publicly inhaling - inhale the reality of Oneness. Goats are sheep who are afraid of Oneness. Sheep are goats who surrendered to Oneness anyway.

My thesis on reform of the church is, everyone in the church do that breathe be the breath of the church, be the church individually and congregationally which is the same for we and all of Creation and God are one, now and forever and ever. Amen.  

 

Links to Past Sermons   2015 - 2017

 

Link to Sermon Preached at Immanuel Baptist Church
on Sunday November 29, 2015

On the Way to Bethlehem
First Sunday in Advent

 

Link to Sermon Preached at Immanuel Baptist Church
on Sunday January 3, 2016

On the Way to...
A New Year Sermon

 

Link to Sermon Preached at Immanuel Baptist Church
on Sunday January 17, 2016

You Must Be Present to Win
Living in the Moment

 

Link to Sermon Preached at Immanuel Baptist Church
on Sunday January 8, 2017

Life Happens
and every moment is a spiritual moment, and perfect...

 

Link to Sermon Preached at Immanuel Baptist Church
on Sunday May 28, 2017

Why God Won't Go Away
We are one...


Link to Sermon Preached at Immanuel Baptist Church
on Sunday September 17, 2017

The Church of the Future
Hint: you're it...

 

 

Reverend Edward John Devine
preaches on an irregular schedule at
Immanuel Baptist Church
815 Park Avenue
Rochester, New York

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