Preparing my Next Sermon
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I’m preaching more regularly these days and it’s something I really enjoying doing. Along with leading the Alpha Course at our church, I’m asked to preach almost once a month there and in other churches around Glasgow. At first churches were asking me to come and speak about my journey from being a Jehovah’s Witness to seeing the "glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor 4:6). Nowadays I’m asked to preach on more traditional gospel themes.
Tomorrow morning I’m at Lenzie Christian Fellowship, a fairly new church, and I’m preaching on John 1:14, where it says that "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth". I’ve preached on this verse before and what jumped out at me was the idea of the grace that filled Christ reacting in varying degrees to the sin our lives, something that’s intangible, unfathomable, unreachable, a bit like a rainbow. The analogy I use is that if our sin is like rain, Christ’s grace is like the sun. When one hits the other a rainbow is formed, something beautiful and beyond our grasp. We’re unable to do anything with our sin, only Christ with grace and truth can, the same as we can’t ever get to the end of a rainbow, we can’t get to the end of Christ’s grace.
I love talking about grace. I was always brought up to use the term "underserved kindness" instead of grace. William Barclay has said that to call grace "underserved kindness" is to miss the point and puts an unnecessary negative connotation on it.
Jesus is also full of truth. He described himself as "the truth". Any religious order that refers to itself as The Truth is taking away what’s rightfully the Christ’s and places on itself a quality that’s reserved for Christ (and the Word of God (also the Christ…)). That’s sort of unacceptable, right?
Anyway, I’ve got my notebooks out, filled as they are with thoughts, observations, teachings etc, along with my ESV Study Bible. Oh, and some pens and pencils.
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