Nobody likes self-control. The guy in the 1600’s who put the verse numbers in your Bible? Put self-control in a whole separate verse from the other fruit of the Spirit! But of all the attributes listed, this is the one contributes most directly to Gospel freedom. How can that be?
(This recording also includes the children’s sermon by Rev Barbara Jernigan.)
2 Timothy 2
Persecuted Christians, veterans, and faithfulness and gentleness…in the aftermath of a contentious election.
Romans 12:1-2, 9-21
Our loving devotion is pleasing to God, and the more devoted we are, the more His loving will is pleasing to us. Goodness is, well, good.
Patience loves by holding back–even letting go of–the fear and anger of impatience when a situation doesn’t go according to plan…or a person ‘doesn’t go according to plan.’ We talked about times that we must love patiently from a distance. But kindness moves outward. Kindness reaches out to bless another person, whether they deserve it or not.
Psalm 27; 2 Peter 3:8-9
“God, why do you put up with us? Why have you let this species keep going this long??”
If the salvation Jesus sacrificed Himself for is shalom-peace, reconciled well-being, then true peace is the lived-out expression of the essence/glory/love of God
So, if we are true peacemakers, true cultivators of wholeness around us, true bringers of wellbeing, then we prove that we have the love of God—we take after our Father. We are clearly His children.
Peacemaking is our witness.
Hebrews 12:1-13, 18-24
Maybe the reason joy is so hard to come by is that in this life, it comes through struggle…and we would rather avoid struggle. Except by doing so, we end up also avoiding joy
Does your life “taste like” Good News? Just say no to the zombies.
“The greatest proof that the Good News of Jesus Christ is good, is not a great sermon, or even a great personal testimony, though we’ve seen that those are powerful and Apostle used his earlier in this letter. The greatest visible proof that the Good News of Jesus Christ is good, is a reconciled community from every tongue, tribe, language, nation, gender, birth order, whatever–worshiping and serving God together.”
“[The Flesh] can produce a very ‘righteous’ morality, but it nullifies grace. I hope that you can see that the essential mark of a Christian is not how far you have progressed in sanctification, but on what you are relying to get there.”
Rev Barbara Jernigan