Tuesday, June 19, 2007

On Getting to Know Jesus Better

Dean K. Thompson

President and Professor of Ministry

Psalm 23
John 6:47-69
Originally preached on September 9, 2005

This sermon, preached at a communion service, focuses on the hope of a personal encounter with Jesus Christ in our daily lives of discipleship and obedience to his call. It was influenced by novelist Marilynne Robinson’s description of John Calvin’s notion of communion, which is “the idea of experience as encounter.” This sermon was also influenced by LPTS professor Susan Garrett’s Bangor Theological Seminary Lectures of 2005. Garrett declares that the churches of mainline Protestantism “must show people to a personal God, to Jesus Christ living and moving in our midst.”