This week’s sermon deals with the simple “doing” of the faith. It isn’t an abandonment of our calling to speak the gospel, or be holy, but one of the primary tasks of the Christian is to live it out listen!
The text in Titus this week was particularly challenging – especially when paired with the headline out of Sacramento regarding skunks. But out of that challenge comes a true blessing – listen!
ESV Titus 3:1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.
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The 40 Days of Blessing are off to a powerful start. I think two groups have still to meet but we are on track to have over 50 people participate in small groups this week alone!
More groups can be formed and we do have extra copies of the book for those who would like to join in.
Yesterday I attended the funeral of a dear friend and a real pillar of the faith in my life. She was a true disciple. What a blessing to have known such a Christian as Kay! To celebrate her life in Christ was a powerful reminder to me of a season in which God chose to bless me and he did so powerfully through the actions of his Church at Canal Street Presbyterian.
Thank you Kay and all my brothers and sisters from Canal Street!
Here is the sermon from our introduction to the 40 Days of Blessing:
Monday Morning Quarterback (what I meant to say was…):
I meant to say (early in the message) – “That the Reformation was a transition from a theology of “Works Righteousness” – to a theology of dependence on Grace”. What I actually said was nearly the exact opposite. I will depend on God’s grace in having made this error.
The Blessing Life is more than another 40 day church program – it is the core Christian lifestyle – join in and see!
40 days is a good biblical number and there are so many misconceptions out there about the blessing of God. This is a needed and timely program to reorient the Church to a proper relationship to the God of the Universe we know as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Blessing of God is his love not our wealth:
1 John 4:10-11 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
To quote the author Gerrit Dawson:
It’s all about love.
Plain and simple.
Deep and wide.
The blessing of God upon us and our blessing of one another both arise from love and create love.
So this project about blessing is not about how to get more of the life we’ve dreamed up for ourselves as desirable. It’s not about expanding our sales territory, getting in the path of windfalls from the universe….
We’re after knowing, living and sharing the love that is at the heart of all things. That’s the only life of blessing worth talking about.
Romans 5:8 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Blessings to you!