I am not one who believes in luck or coincidence. So…what do you make of my last post and the subject of this week’s sermon? In all honesty, it did not cross my mind until I sat down to write this post.
Hmmmm now is it coincidence? I seriously doubt it. I see it as more of a divine incident.
Far too many followers of Christ have no clue about Grace and the liberty it offers in the “daily living out” of their faith. Therefore, those who “rag” on the church and followers of Jesus have a legitimate gripe. Sometimes. There are sincere followers trying to flesh out their faith, to make it real to the world in which they live.
On November 5.1864 Charles Sumner summed up the issue of slavery with these words:
Where Slavery is, there Liberty cannot be; and where Liberty is, there Slavery cannot be.
Many people are still bound to the old way of doing things and believing. It is particularly seen in relation to sin and restoration. God is in the reclamation and restoration business. It is no more evident than in Jesus’ closest allies- Peter to be more exact. If anyone messed up it was Peter. Not once. Not twice. Not even three times, although his most famous involved three denials. No…his whole time with Jesus seemed to be one mess after another.
I’m excited to be preaching this Sunday on my favorite subject. I would certainly appreciate your prayers for this weekend.
Simple question: are you extending grace these days to someone? Do you need to? Do you know someone whom you would like to see restored to fellowship with Jesus?