Through acknowledgment of what is, by naming sin that exists, by naming our participation and benefit from sin, freedom becomes possible. Because of God’s love in Jesus Christ, we can claim our sin, we can be made new, and we can have a new life that exemplifies God’s love.
The resurgence we proclaim in Christ and in creation is the affirmation that God is not just making new things but rather, God is making all things new.
The brokenness of humanity is often best defined in our claim to be God – to have the perfection and holiness of Christ, and to reserve the right to offer the judgement of God. Yet, we are not God, we are broken images of God’s creation in need of healing and salvation.
The world will try to convince you that you need to be more, do more, and look better – but Paul says, you just need to be who you were created to be – perfect, in the image of God.
Jesus is God’s material gift to humanity even still today. What if we used this giving model for our giving to others at Christmas?
There is an ancient debate in the religious community that pits the law against God’s grace. Which is more important? Is the law still important given Christ’s sacrifice? John Wesley tackles these hard questions in this sermon.
From the first day of our creation as living human beings, our invitation by God has been to receive and then to share.