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With this sermon we draw to a close our r12 series, during which we have explored foundational truths found in Romans12 by seeing how these were portrayed in the Old Testament through people like Abraham, Daniel and David. Today we will be taking a look at the story of Joseph. We won’t have time for the whole story and it is a good one. I would encourage you to plan to take some time later this week to read the whole story. It is found in Genesis 37-50. Even in this great international city, we live with much wrongdoing and hurt all around us. My hope is that as we worship together and explore the life of Joseph and the truths of Romans, we will each be equipped to respond in better ways to those who hurt and harm us personally.
Supernaturally Responding to Evil with Good
In this sermon we will study the story of David and Jonathan to see how they developed such a deep friendship – how they developed an authentic community. Some people have a misunderstanding that being a Christian is a private matter. “It is only between me and God,” they say. Nothing is farther from the truth than this. Jesus said that we demonstrate to the world that we are His followers by loving one another (John 13:35).
This message is close to my heart. We’ll look at the concept of self-image, and how our faith should radically affect the way we see ourselves. My personal conviction is that a biblical view of self is one of the greatest needs of all of us. Too often, we exert mammoth amounts of energy to present a false persona, all the while struggling with deep insecurities. Some try to offset insecurity by over-achieving, perfectionism. Some hide away in self-condemning shame. But Christ has freed us from both of these extremes, and offers something so much more. I pray we will all grow in this area through the Word we hear today.
As I have been preparing this sermon, there are five words I can't get past: IN VIEW OF GOD'S MERCY. With God's mercy in mind, we have a standing invitation to know Him. His mercy is new for you and me. On the basis of who God is and all He has done, we are urged to offer our lives in response to Him. God has made a way for us to not only find freedom from sin, but also to find freedom from ourselves. Apart from God we are all prone to self-obsession, self-promotion, or ultimately self-destruction. Yet in Christ, we have all we need to make much of God with our lives - and that is how we can be different in this world. The relationship between what we believe and how we behave is powerful. This is precisely why Paul says in Romans 12:2 "...be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Motivated by His mercy, let us turn our hearts to the only One who can truly transform our lives.
Tucked away in Genesis 22 is a disturbing story of Abraham and Isaac. This story bothered me for years, as I couldn't seem to understand how a loving God could "trick" his servant. Why would God ask Abraham to kill his own son? And I must admit, years on in the faith, I still don't fully comprehend why God chose to reveal himself in this way. But the beauty of the story is equally amazing. When we ponder the truths of God that we learn in this passage, we can't help but be more grateful to God. I have found, personally, that instead of increasing my skepticism about God, this story does just the opposite. It increases my faith.