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A Command or a Invitation?

I was Preaching on 1 Peter 1 last week, and i was greatly encouraged by 6 words in the passage i was preaching on. The Passage started in 1 Peter 1:3, and started talking about the great hope we have in the Gospel, and how that is meant to encourage us when there seems to be no hope, or very little like in the people Peter was writing too. Who were suffering a great deal for their faith.

In verse 13 the passage takes a change in direction, it is now referring back to the Hope we have in the Gospel of Jesus, and looking forward to how we are to live in light of that hope; it says:

13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written:“Be holy, because I am holy.”

Verse 15 sums it up i think, we are to be holy, in all we do, because Jesus was holy.

Now i guess that was always a hard passage to swallow, as well i know me, how unholy i continually am, those words were always heavy words, that left me with a sense that i needed to try harder to be Holy.

But this week i was challenged to think about how they were said, is it a command or is it an invitation to be holy? Is our response to be holy and good for Jesus because of what he has done, or is he inviting us to be part of his holiness by what did, in which we can be counted as holy because Jesus was first, and died to give us his Holiness?

I think it is the later. That Jesus was Holy and died in our place to take our sin and replace it with his holiness, so that now i can stand in holiness knowing that my sin’s are  dealt with and are Gone.

How much better is it as a invitation? i reckon a heap

Tool Box Kids Talk

I did the Kids Talk at Church on Sunday, and i was thinking about our church and how in a way we are like a tool box, or God’s tool box.
You see we all have different gifts, or different tallents if you will… it says in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 that:
“4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Spirit. 5 There are different ways to serve the same Lord, 6 and we can each do different things. Yet the same God works in all of us and helps us in everything we do.”

The point is that as it says, there are different ways to serve the Lord, often people say that i dont have a place that i can help with, but at one level we need to think outside the normal toolbox as such. i did pull out the normal tools from my tool box, a hammer, a ruler, a spanner, etc. and this very relevant to our church as we are curently building a new church and lots of people are doing a great help and a great ministry in serving the rest of us by doing a lot of building work, and to them it is a great ministry as hopefully this new building will help our church grow and introduce new people to Jesus.

But i also pulled out some kitchen stuff, as we have so many people who serve us all by morning tea, or by taking a meal to someone who is sick or whatever. then i pulled out the calculator and the stapler, as we also have people using their gifts behind the scenes as such, doing all the paper work, the paying the bills, and a whole range of other things…

Are you getting the picture, we all have different gifts and we all use them in service of God and of each other some are more public than others but without some, some of our ministries would struggle.

The last thing i pulled out of my tool box was my bible, now it is clear that in church’s that there are people who’s gift is being able to explain the bible clearly and to be able to teach from it, weather up front from the pulpit, or in Sunday school classes on in bible study groups throughout the week. 

I think the danger though is thinking of the bible like we think of the other tools of gifts, like i don’t cook because i understand from past experience that it is not really my gift or my talent. know i know that there are people who think about the bible or the gospel in those terms, i know people think well i am not the best person for that, other people will be better able to explain the Gospel to this person than i would, so they don’t try. We all have the words of truth, and it is our irresponsibility to speak them, it is not just to be left to a few but it is our responsibility.

1 Peter 4:10-11 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

 

First thought on Romans.

Thinking about how to attack Romans, i am preaching Romans 1 – 8 in 3 three week blocks over the next 5 months, in a small country church in regional NSW. I chose to do Romans because I want to do a bible study on it next term so I thought I Mays well preach on it as well.

Now in breaking it up I think that the first talk is an easy one to work out, it is the intro , a both to the book and to the Gospel as well. The second talk is the bad news, or the reality of how we stand before God with out Jesus. The third talk was a bit more difficult to work out, as I thought the logical finish was before 3:21, but I did not want to finish the first block with out going into the good news that now comes after all the bad news, the hope that comes after the hopelessness which precedes.
So here is a brief first outline of the talks. 


​Talk 1.           Romans 1:1-17
​Thinking about the first talk i am thinking that it is Romans 1:1-17. It is a great introduction both to Paul as well as to the Gospel itself. We start of by looking at the Gospel, which was promised through the prophets, is about Jesus, who was a descendant of David, was appointed the son of God, by his resurrection from the dead, and through whom we received GRACE that comes from FAITH in the name of Jesus.
​A good summary of the first part of the book i think, that is our salvation is through Grace and Faith alone, not by anything we do as we will see that we can’t do it ourselves. we then see what this means for Paul, great thanks and then a desire for him to see more people understand that the Gospel is “the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” everyone. because Jew or Gentile don’t mean anything when it comes to righteousness, as righteousness comes through faith alone.

​Talk 2.           Romans 1:18 – 2:16
​This Talk is the bad news talk, it is the talk that puts us in our place, it is the part of Romans that shows us for who we really are, it is Paul answering our ideas that we just might be ok before God by our selves, it is Paul speaking to those who think that they really are a OK person, it reads in Romans 1:25  that “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”
​Meaning that we are I no position to judge anyone else as we are all in the same boat. It is a talk that reminds us of our utter dependence on God for our salvation as if left up to us we would be worshiping who knows what!

Talk 3.           Romans 2: 17 – 3:24
​We see here Paul having a go at the Jews, he labels them hypocrites! he says that they are bring God’s name into disrepute, they are living how they like relying on their circumcision, or their “Jewishness” for salvation, but Paul points out that is really worthless as proper circumcision is a heart thing not a external thing. so then the obvious question is what is the point of being a Jew, lots Paul says they are privileged, God promised them faithfulness, and even though some are unfaithful God is still faithful.
​Paul then finishes of by saying that they are all the same, Jew and Gentile both Stuffed. But then comes the “But now” after being told there is no hope in the law only condemnation we are now told that there s hope through Jesus