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Message

Delivering a sermon that’s filled with “do more (whatever), try harder (in whatever area), be more (whatever)” is not the gospel. The Gospel is “Come to me, all you who are weary and I will give you rest.”

Our job as ministers of this gospel of Grace is not to dangle grace to others only clobber them with Law when they come out of hiding.

Grace is the rest we give to the weary.

Grace is the drink we give to the thirsty.

Grace is the bread we give to the hungry.

Grace is the embrace we give to the lonely.

Grace is the soap we give to the dirty.

We must hold true to the message that Jesus offered. The message of rest for the weary. The message of backs free of burdens. The message of shoulders un-ladened.

Jesus has some pretty harsh words for those who don’t hold true to His message of relief.

Instead of giving you God’s Law as food and drink by which you can banquet on God, they package it in bundles of rules, loading you down like pack animals. They seem to take pleasure in watching you stagger under these loads, and wouldn’t think of lifting a finger to help. Their lives are perpetual fashion shows, embroidered prayer shawls one day and flowery prayers the next. They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking in the most prominent positions, preening in the radiance of public flattery, receiving honorary degrees, and getting called ‘Doctor’ and ‘Reverend.’

Matthew 23:4-7 Message

Well, now that you mention it, watch out, all you religious scholars! Judgment will come on you too! You load other people down with unbearable burdens of rules and regulations, but you don’t lift a finger to help others.

Luke 11:46 Voice

The message we must deliver is the message of grace, truth, and love. This is the message the Christ has finished the work that we weren’t capable of completing. That is what we must proclaim to everyone!

We must be very careful not to lay burdens on the backs of anyone. We must pay careful attention to not wrap a “works-righteousness” brick in guilt, condemnation, or passive-aggressive expectations. We must wrap grace in the trappings of love, joy, and acceptance.

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Better

The only way you can swallow the painful truth is to wash it down with a refreshing drink of grace.

You can tell someone all day long to fix issues they aren’t capable of fixing on their own. The only hope of seeing real change is to accept that Someone has given them the power to change.

 Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I’m here inviting the sin-sick, not the spiritually-fit.”
Mark 2:17 (MSG)

This verse shows that we can’t just “fix it” or “get a new heart” in our own self-will. We must rely on the One who has fixed it all and allow Him to empower us to change.

You were once spiritually dead, as confirmed in your constant failure; being bound to a lifestyle ruled by the distorted desires of the flesh, but now God has made you alive together with him, having forgiven you all your trespasses.
Colossians 2:13 (MIRROR)

What can a dead man do to save himself? Nothing.

What does “self-improvement” look like after you’ve become a new creation? Allowing God to point to anything that can hurt us and allowing Him to empower us to fix it.

Being afraid of “not being used by God” until we get it all right is what keeps the “congregation” striving to be “used” by God. All while the “clergy” are the only ones that are deemed worthy of changing the world. That’s what I call “platform empowerment”.

This is not the kingdom. This is the empire.
This is not the good news. This is self-salvation.

Love will never invoke fear. Perfect love expels fear, particularly the fear of punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been completed through love.

1 John 4:18 (VOICE)

There is a better way. Tell people the truth, yes. The no-holds-barred truth. The in-your-face truth. But, don’t stop there. Give them the good news of grace.

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Divine

Oh holy night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name

I love this song. It’s melody has always seemed beautiful and a little melancholy. I was always attracted to the melody and never really paid attention to the words. Apparently, I was missing out.

First verse, “Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth.” I love the imagery painted here!

The entire second is a Gospel bomb! “His law is love and His gospel is peace.” How sweet is He that He makes His law love and the good news that He brings is peace?

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