Sermon for April 8, 2018
This is a particularly special sermon, both as a cornerstone of understanding the saving Grace of Christ and, for me, on a personal level. I don’t want to ‘rank’ sermons, but I do consider this one a “must read”. The issues and questions here are not only important in the context of the way to God, but also for your counsel to others as they seek God. The ideas discussed go much deeper than it might first appear and I encourage you to take some time to read, and re-read, and not be afraid to delve into some hard questions that might arise. As you work your way through, I want you to come back to one thing, often, as you read-
Matthew 22:37-40 New International Version (NIV)
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
If you find yourself lost in some part of the sermon, becoming frustrated or judgemental, whatever the barrier might be, come back to this verse and read it again. Center yourself here, and then continue when you’re ready again. Remember that this is a sermon, not an essay or intellectual pursuit, and it is important that you take time to center yourself in the Spirit of God as you explore these truths.
Sermon for Sunday, January 21, 2018
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John 2:16
Imagine yourself in the house of your dreams. Close your eyes for a moment and put yourself in the house you've always wanted. Now, imagine it is magically populated with everything you've always wanted- anything and everything. Now, as you've completed your ideal space, there is one more thing- you can't leave.
You've built this existence, this beautiful space, and you must stay there. It's everything you've always wanted, but
you can't leave. Keep in mind that you've included everything you could imagine you'd want. Whatever it might be, you've been granted the ability to include it in your creation.