Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sermon Sunday: April.19.09

Frank spoke about admonishing one another.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

God doesn't expect you to change before you believe.
My thoughts: Some people think they have to become a "better" person to be acceptable to a church crowd. But God welcomes anyone with open arms no matter where they are in their journey. In fact, Jesus hung out with "questionable" folk. I'll never forget being among my peers at a bible study back in 2001... We went around to introduce ourselves and to say our favorite song. Many people listed off hymns or contemporary christian songs. I said my fav was Bootylicious by Destiny's Child! See... I didn't conform. haha! It wasn't a requirement to go to the bible study. Our journeys are personal and we're all at different places and get convicted of things at different points along the way. The Lord does change you AFTER salvation. You can't help but be changed when you want to live for God and no longer for yourself. The change is a result of the faith. Your faith is not a result of changing.

Good quote:
"Treat a man as he appears to be, and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe -German dramatist, novelist, poet, & scientist (1749 - 1832)
I think Frank tied this quote into the part about what results from admonishment. It can be tough but it is a good thing. Think beyond the immediate situation.

And to end another great verse:
1 Thessalonians 5:12-18
Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

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