Sinful and Not Condemned

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
-Romans 8:1

I was listening to a lecture by John H Coe on “Why We Sin When We Know So Much“,  and was struck by his challenge to pray the words, “Search me Lord and see if there are painful ways within me.”  He instructed  the audience to ask God to show us where the hurtful, wretched and destructive impulses that we hide so well in order that He can deal with them.  It is a prayer that asks God to pull back the curtain of your life to expose to the light what we would rather keep in the dark.

Why on earth would I want to do that?  What confidence do I have that God will not condemn me, ridicule and shut me out forever?  St. Paul speaks candidly in Romans 7 of his own struggle with sin and the effects it has on every sphere of his life.  He even asks at the end of the chapter, “who will save this wretched man?”  The climax of the chapter gives the good news that Jesus alone has saved us from ourselves by His death and resurrection and by His work, we can safely trust God with our secret sins and our deep destructive habits and thoughts.  We can pull back the festering bandage and trust in his mercy to deal with us gently and mercifully.  You see our confidence is in the words that there is “now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.”  I can expose what he has forgiven, what He knows is under wraps without fear of reprisal or rejection.

Maybe this week you can take God up on his mercy and ask God to search you and see if there are painful ways within you and that He would work on those damaged and sin-diseased part to bring healing and wholeness to your life.

Why do you go to church?

Why do you go to church?

Seems like a simple question with a myriad of possible answers but one that must be asked.  Why would you wake up on a perfectly good day off and spend an hour or so singing and listening and dozing off in the company of other people you may or may not like?

Noted and accomplished author Walter Brueggemann said in an interview on the 200 Churches podcast that he goes to church to hear the gospel.

Of all the things we might say as reasons to attend church weekly, this one take the prize.  We attend church weekly in order to hear the gospel, the good news that by the merits of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection we have been saved and made into the children of God.  The good news that in Christ we are being transformed into the image of Jesus and made new every day.  This good news is the weekly medicine that we need to counter the anti-gospel messages we are flooded with, whose aim is to steal life rather than give it.

We need to hear the good news of Jesus in our songs we sing, the prayers we pray and the sermon we preach or listen to.   We need it more than ever.  Come hear it.

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Harvest Community Church is a welcoming community of Christians who are connected with Jesus and each other,.  We live that out through our worship of God and serving people. We are a gospel-centered community that loves the God who guides us by His power into selfless service of everyone whom we are led to.

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