What's wrong with the world?

August 25th, 2021

"Well, once again Jesus’ critics are on the prowl, seeking to trip him up in a way that they can use to discredit him, or worse. They try to get Jesus into a debate of Jewish purity laws," begins Will Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School, acclaimed pastor, and author of over 60 books. In today's sermon, "What's Wrong with the World?", from Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, Willimon says, "Jesus takes their charge seriously...Jesus intensifies the demands of the law by saying that we ought not get hung up on outward obedience but ought to be concerned with the “heart,” inward, deep obedience to God." Jesus challenges us to make sure the external lines up with the internal.

This sermon is from A Sermon for Every Sunday, a series of lectionary-based video sermons designed for use in worship, Bible study, small groups, Sunday school classes, or for individual use.

For more sermon preparation help, check out Pulpit Resource, Will Willimon's weekly lectionary-based sermon resource, available online and through a print subscription.

About the Author

William H. Willimon

Will Willimon is a preacher and teacher of preachers. He is a United Methodist bishop (retired) and serves as Professor read more…
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