Happy Easter to all Orthodox Christians.
This weekend is the celebration of 40 years of Pastoral Service of Rev. Wilbert D. Talley at Third Union Baptist Church. He has been a mentor to me since I was a child. Dr. Talley held high positions at Virginia Union University and other statewide organizations. A man of his caliber and education could have easily sought the pulpit of the most lucrative churches in the nation. And yet, for four decades he remained the pastor of a little country church. His work has included major improvements on the building and aiding people in building their lives. It is an honor to celebrate such a man and wish him many more years of service to God.
SELLING OUT JESUS
(Introduction) Now that we know him as the resurrected savior, no Christian would sell Jesus out the way Judas did.
(Antithesis) In Matthew’s Gospel, Judas is no more wicked than any other disciple. But, he made a most horrible choice.
(Thesis) We must be on guard not to sell Jesus out the same way Judas did because we face the same temptations.
(Relevant Question) How do we sell Jesus out
1. We hold on to our preconceived ideas of what is right (v. 6-14)
2. We go to those who truly seek to kill him (v. 14)
3. We accept a cheap payment (v. 15)
(Conclusion) True discipleship is too costly for us to sell out at any price.