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God Loves Us and Brings Us Out of Our Shame
An Exposition of Galatians 2:11-21
Our next sermon in the series "With Authority," Pastor Jeff takes a look at Jesus' authority to forgive sins and bring healing to our shame.
Guilt often produces shame because as we come to see that we’ve done wrong, we begin to feel that we’re not being who we believe we should be. When you lie to someone, you not only feel guilt for lying, but you feel shame because you see how much of a coward you are, or how much of a conman you are. Shame brings you face-to-face with the inconsistency of your identity. With guilt, the solution is to have your sins atoned for, the penalty to be paid. With shame, the response is a desire for glory, to be covered.
Do you ever feel that the world is messed up and in all this, that it's hard to imagine that there is a God in control? If Psalm 110 humbled David, it also gave him hope. God promised to build David a house, but clearly stated that God's kingdom would be established by a son of David who was Divine, David's Lord. A perfect kingdom needed a perfect king, and this would be neither David nor Solomon. How much more hope Psalm 110 offered David after his devastating sin with Bathsheba. When David was overcome with guilt and shame, how could he ever conceive of God building an eternal kingdom through him? It could not be, except for the certainty of the promises of God and the assurance that God would provide a perfect king to establish the promised kingdom. His was not the kingdom, but from him the kingdom would come - through his son and his Lord, Messiah. Key Passage: Psalm 110
Life shames in so many ways. But it's not necessary to live with that shame. God wants to take away our shame and makes us shameless. When we accept and begin to live out the truth of his grace, we can live more boldly, more confidently, shamelessly!
Jesus reconciles us to God and to one another. Pastor JR gives a challenge from Ephesians 2:11-22 to enter into radical community.
If you ever watched a hockey game and your favourite team is down by one goal in the third period in game seven with one minute left, then you know how intense those 60 seconds can be. When a team is trying to make a comeback and they find themselves in that position they will do whatever it takes to beat their opponent - no risk is too great. John, in Revelation 12, describes a similar situation (ok, the analogy breaks down - just humour me please). John tells us that Satan is a defeated foe. The devil knows his time is very limited (he's in the last minute of the game) and as a result he's pulling out all the stops. He is not only raging mad - but he will do whatever it takes to try and beat down and destroy those who are on his opponent's team. John wants us to have courage under fire. He wants us to remain obedient and faithful knowing that Satan's time to destroy is short and through the blood of Jesus Christ we will overcome. Key Passage: Revelation 12