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The Gospel changes people from the inside out. Christ gives us a radically new identity, freeing us from both self-righteousness and self-condemnation. He liberates us to accept people we once excluded, and to break the bondage of things (even good things) that once drove us. In particular, the gospel makes us welcoming and respectful toward those who do not share our beliefs.
Rick returned from a 3 month sabbatical this week. He spent his time in the sermon reflecting on the experience. He realized again while he was away how desperately he needed the gospel as much as any other person at Imago Dei.
The solution to "approval addition" is not just being more aware or it. Today we are going to take the next step. A friend of mine says, “The power of "No" is in a stronger "Yes", and I think that is what we need to discover here. What I hope to show you is the way in which the gospel and its promises are a fear-defeating “Yes”. Here‟s my premise or the “Yes-oriented” solution: Winning the battle over the fear of man comes by treasuring gospel-promises over approval-promises.