Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.
I was doing my morning reading one day this week and came across a challenging question that I believe is good to ask oneself on some sort of regular basis. The questions is this “Am I living out my Christian faith so that God will accept me or am I living out my Christian faith BECAUSE God has accepted me in Christ?” Ponder that for a moment!
There is of course a huge difference between the two. If we live by the first then we are probably following a long list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ and are constantly trying to earn God’s favour. We may go through many spiritual disciplines of praying, reading the Bible and even going to church because we think God will reject us if we don’t. One thing is for sure – we will never be ‘good enough’ to earn our way into a relationship with Christ so if that is what we are doing we might as well stop now!
If we are living as per the second part of the statement (BECAUSE God has accepted me in Christ) then we will be living in freedom. We believe inwardly and outwardly that Jesus’ death has allowed God to offer us forgiveness and eternal life as a gift. We accept that gift through faith and seek to live a life of obedient gratitude for what God has done for us. This is true Christianity – as the song writer wrote ‘no guilt in life, no fear in death – this is the power of Christ in me!’.
With love & blessings,