The Red Vineyard at Arles by Vincent Van Gogh

The Guts – Living Compassionately

Scripture:  Matthew 9:35-38 (NRSV)

This week in our occupant’s guide through the human body we will look at the guts. Our faith needs to be gutsy too. The Greek word splanchnizomai found in our Scripture literally means “to have one’s bowels moved” or “gut response.” Splanchnizomai refers to feeling and action that come from the deepest depths of our being. It’s a fierce word, almost reminding one of a mama bear. In fact there are scholars that argue the entirety of Jesus’ ministry can be summarized with this one word splanchnizomai. It’s a practical response that meets a dire need. It starts with emotion and finishes with effective action. Jesus splanchnizomai-ed or was moved to compassion by the world’s pain, the world’s sorrow, the world’s hunger, the world’s loneliness, the world’s confusion, and the world’s oppressed. What splanchnizomai-es you?


May 9, 2021 Online Service Bulletin and Bible Study

Sermon Art:  “The Red Vineyard at Arles” (1888) by Vincent Van Gogh

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