Sermon: “I Have Been a Sanctuary”

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This is the video (26:21, 92.7 MB) of a sermon preached for First Presbyterian Church of Mount Holly, NJ, on April 26. The sermon is titled, “I Have Been a Sanctuary,” and the main text is Ezekiel 11:14–25.

This sermon was preached under exceptional circumstances due to COVID-19 restrictions: a service streamed to the congregation across the Atlantic! I was honored to be able to address our supporting church, our ECO home-base, under these circumstances, and I hope that I was able to lend some encouragement.

Here is an excerpt:

The human desire to commune with God is very powerful, and when sacrifice according to God’s law was not available, it was very painful. Many allowed themselves to be squeezed into worshiping God on their own terms, rather than according to God’s law. But other Judeans were faithful and accepted the promise of God’s continuing presence through this time of suffering, a presence revealed in ways that they hadn’t seen before, and trusted that he would eventually bring this time to an end. For these Old Covenant saints who were truly seeking YHWH God, this disruption was a time of “creative destruction” that stripped away many beliefs and practices, and allowed them to see just how big and powerful YHWH truly is.

Video and text: ©2020 by Benjamin D. Giffone. Reproduction and distribution are permitted, providing that the author is properly credited and that no fee is charged.

About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, living and learning in Eastern Europe…Old Testament professor, ordained minister, occasional liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth…eldest sibling to three…uncle to Marshall and Leeland...son-in-law to Claudia.
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