North Livermore Baptist Church | Lewiston’s Sun Journal

NO. LIVERMORE – At North Livermore Baptist Church on August 22, the congregation was greeted by Pastor Bonnie Higgins at 9:30 a.m. to begin the service. The call to worship was read and the Lord’s invocation / prayer was recited. The hymns sung were “Love Lifted Me”, “Our Great Savior”, “Take Time to be Holy”. We concluded the service with “Go Now in Peace”. Linda Lyman is the organist and Janet Diaz is the pianist every week.
The sermon, titled “Casting Stones,” and the scripture reading from John 8: 1-11. Pastor Bonnie began to explain why sometimes these scriptures are not in older manuscripts and sometimes these scriptures are placed at the end of John or in Luke in some versions of the Bible. In some Greek manuscripts, this meeting of the adulterous woman and Jesus is absent. Pastor Bonnie said the message of this story is so important.
The background to this passage is that the Jewish leaders were jealous of Jesus and wanted revenge on Jesus. Jewish leaders even gave Satan credit for the miracles Jesus performed. Because the Jewish leaders were jealous and envious of Jesus, they wanted him dead. So the Jewish leaders decided to prepare a trap for Jesus. This is where the adulterous woman comes in. Because it is a sin and is against the law of Moses, the leaders wanted to see if Jesus would break the law.
Two things are highlighted in these scriptures, the first being the dangers of judging others and how Jesus has a forgiving heart. Even though it happened about 2,000 years ago, the message is still relevant today.
The scriptures tell us that Jesus was teaching a crowd of people in the temple when men interrupt Jesus and likely throw the woman at his feet. These men were highly educated and knew the law of Moses. Even though they knew the law of Moses, they were not pious men and wanted to trap Jesus. We don’t know much about the woman, she has no name, no past except what is written in these scriptures. The men claimed that they caught her in the act of adultery, adultery was considered a capital offense, so she would be sentenced to death by stoning. Even though it takes two to commit adultery, these men only brought her to Jesus, what happened to the man? Did they let him go? He was also reportedly given the death penalty. However, we do know that the men wanted to trap Jesus, was that a stunt? At this time, you must be caught red-handed by at least two men as witnesses before charges can be brought publicly. These men sentenced her before a trial was held. In this culture, Jews were not allowed to serve a death sentence, which is why they brought it to Jesus. That way, whether he said yes to death or no to death, Jesus was going either against His own Jewish heritage or against Moses. Either way, they thought Jesus was going to be in trouble.
As the men spoke to Jesus about what they had seen, Jesus leaned down and began to write something in the earth. We don’t know what Jesus wrote, but it got their attention. Even though the woman knew she was guilty, she remained silent, never trying to defend herself. Even though the men continued to question Jesus, he straightened up and said, “let him who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at him” and he bent down again and started over. to write in the earth. Hearing this, the men slowly backed away until none of them remained. As the men wanted to condemn the woman, Jesus was more interested in talking about them.
As Jesus stood up and there was no one other than the woman, he asked her if any of them had condemned her by throwing a stone at her. She said no one did. That’s when Jesus said, “I don’t condemn you either. Jesus told him to go and leave his life of sin.
How does this story affect us today? We all lack the glory of God because of the sin we were born into. Just like this woman, we all sin and we shouldn’t condemn anyone else for what they do. It is not our job to judge others, it is left to Jesus. We have all sinned and many have come to Jesus and asked for forgiveness. We have a loving, generous, and forgiving Father who is waiting for us to ask him to forgive us of our sins. We know that when we ask for forgiveness, he will do it and offer us new life in him. We are free, just as this woman was released by the grace of God. We are all like this woman, we are all guilty of sin and we deserve death. Even though others will condemn us, Jesus will free us from our sins. When we feel our lives are condemned by sin, Jesus steps in and saves us. He saved us by serving our sentence on a cross, so we wouldn’t have too much. Scripture tells us in John 17, that Jesus did not come to condemn us, but to save us. We see that Jesus did not condemn her because he came to be condemned on her behalf.
As followers of Christ, we know that we will make mistakes in this world, and we know that God will give us another chance, if we come before Him and ask forgiveness. Jesus gives us compassion because he once stood in our place as he was nailed to a cross for us for our sins, past, present, and future. The Bible speaks of many people who have wasted their lives, but God gave them another chance. He tells us not to sin any more, and when we do, we shouldn’t be afraid to go to Him and tell Him I’m sorry, forgive me. God can restore us all, even the adulterous woman.
The announcements listed in the newsletter were that the congregation will be collecting crackers for the pantry in August. If anyone wants to become a member or be baptized, they should see Pastor Bonnie. On August 29, there will be a time for baptisms after the church service. Our fall programs will start on October 3rd. We are collecting donations for backpacks / school supplies for local schools. AA meetings are held on Friday evenings at church.
For more information, see our website at northlivermorebaptistchurch.org. You can email the church at [email protected] Pastor Bonnie’s office hours are Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

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