I have just finished listening to this sermon preached by Pastor Matt Chandler and I found it to be very touching. I wanted to share it with you so that your joy could be increased as you see God as the one who saves us.
Some of what Jesus taught me are as follows:
1. The more awesome I think I am and that God "partners" with me in my awesomeness, the more frustrated I will be.
2. God doesn't force people to love him, he reveals himself to them and they do.
3. We will always be battling sin and the flesh. God will always be chiseling away the parts of us that are not of him and replacing it with what is.
4. There is often times JOY in the battle against sin and every time I repent I can experience the forgiveness of God more deeply, my lament over sin quickly turns into rejoicing that God loved me and IS conforming me to the image of his son.
5. God saves. We do not.
Please listen to it - while your making dinner or driving to work. I just listened to it while I made a cheesecake.
God Saves (October 2011)
Let me know what you think.