Fickle or Faithful
Crowds can be fickle. One day they’re yelling “Hosanna!” to Jesus and a few days later they’re crying “Crucify him!” If they weren’t yelling, they had already left him.
Where are we in the mix? The people around us—and the society around us (“the crowds”)—tend to exert a big influence on how we think and what we do. Are we fickle… or faithful?
It’s an appropriate time in history to ask the question. In 1961, 96% of Canadians identified as Christian.
But things have changed—rapidly. Research shows that normal faith-based behaviour (including evangelism, reading the Bible silently in public, or even going to church) is now considered ‘extreme’ by a lot of people. In Canada, more and more people are ‘most uncomfortable’ being around evangelical Christians. Yikes.
Here’s the key question: Will we be fickle or faithful as the world turns on Jesus?
That’s what this Palm Sunday sermon explores on John 12:12-19. It takes us through the text and then suggests four attitudes and actions that will help us to be faithful instead of fickle.
It is called “Fickle or Faithful.”
The extra background content that goes along with this same section of text as a part of ‘The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan’ and can be accessed here.
When you feel like God has let you down
May 30, 2023
True Repentance: Create in me a clean heart
May 21, 2023
Be still and know that I am God
May 14, 2023