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Christ must increase and I must decrease.

Lord's Day Update Mar 27, 2013 Comments Off on Christ must increase and I must decrease.

This Lord’s Day will be the last week of our Bumper Sticker Theology sermon series. Our sermon text will be John 3:25-30 and the bumper sticker that we’ll be analyzing is that which says, “Christ must increase and I must decrease.”

This statement was first spoken by John the Baptist as he was answering a question from his disciples. John was acknowledging his proper role as the forerunner to the Messiah. John had completed his job; he had proclaimed the coming of the Messiah and now that the Messiah had come, the role and influence of the forerunner must decrease while the role and influence of the Messiah must increase.

This Lord’s Day we’re going to consider what it means, particularly in light of Jesus’ resurrection, for the Lord Jesus Christ to “increase.”

Be patient…

Lord's Day Update Mar 21, 2013 Comments Off on Be patient…

What’s the difference between an “excuse” and an “explanation?”

While there might be other points of distinction, the major difference is that an excuse is offered as an effort to deflect or avoid responsibility for a wrong committed, whereas an explanation is offered simply to provides further details about why the wrong was committed. This is a subtle, yet important, distinction.

Christians ought to be people who own up to their faults. When we do something wrong, the Lord tells us that we need to take responsibility for that wrong. So long as we’re taking full responsibility for our actions, it’s appropriate to provide an explanation for why we did what we did. Such an explanation can assist in the process of reconciliation, allowing the offended party to understand the situation better and perhaps be more quick to extend forgiveness.

Our bumper sticker this week is an explanation. It reads, “Be patient, God isn’t finished with me yet.”

This sticker is not an excuse; denying that the person driving the car has committed any sin. Instead, the sticker is an explanation, taking responsibility for his/her sin, yet offering an explanation for that sin.

And in that explanation there is an element of hope. The message of this sticker reveals an optimistic outlook on the finished product that God is in the process of creating. In other words, the person who places this sticker on his or her care is indicating that he or she is presently being sanctified by God.

Our sermon this Sunday will be on the topic of sanctification. The sermon text is 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8. Please read through these verses, paying particular attention to verse 3a, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification.”

Listen to the sermon.