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A Word From the Pastor - September 26, 2018

Posted by Aaron Tripp on

For those who were unable to be at service on Sunday, I wanted to summarize my sermon. Why am I doing this? To me, the third chapter of I Am A Church Member, is the hardest and the most urgently needed in the American church. The third chapter is entitled: “I Will Not Let My Church Be About My  preferences and Desires.”

Our preferences are a gift from God. Of course, any sinful preferences are excluded from this list (drinking to excess, stealing, etc.). Your preference for who you marry, what hobbies you engage in, what you study...etc. those are all things that make you...YOU! We praise God for those preferences and thank Him that He has made us all a little different. We all reflect His Glory to the world in different ways. However, those good preferences can be-
come sinful. They become sinful when we allow them to destroy the unity in the church. When we begin to think: “It’s my way or the highway.”

You see, we are the body of Christ, and to let our preferences divide us, is a ploy of Satan. Rather, as Christians, we are called to imitate Christ: “who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:6-8). Jesus didn’t want to die a brutal death: “‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will’” (Matthew 26:39b). Yet, He was willing to be obedient and drink that cup if it was His Father’s will. Jesus gave up His preferences so that all of mankind might be saved. What would you give up, that one person would gain eternal salvation? The decisions we make as a church are about furthering the Kingdom of God. Sometimes those decisions aren’t what individuals would prefer, but we trust that as we serve Him, He will bless our endeavors to magnify His Name.

If you want to hear the whole sermon, it’s on our website and on the Facebook page. Call me if you have any questions, or are struggling with your preferences. It’s a daily calling for Christians to mortify their flesh. What a blessing to know that the Holy Spirit empowers us to do just that! Join us this Sunday as we examine chapter 4 and the need to pray for our pastors.

P.S. Join us on Wednesday evenings, during prayer meeting, as we discuss the book, I Am A Church Member. My sermon this Sunday will come from 1 Timothy 3: 1-7.

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