If Jesus were to write anything down what would He say to people? The closest we have are seven letters to seven churches that he dictated to John. He said that he knew all about them? Does it comfort us or scare us to imagine Jesus knowing us so well? We are not always as we seem. Jesus’ knowledge of us either confronts, corrects, or comforts us.  This sermon is from Steve Swan on the 4th of September, 2016

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For now treat the Scripture of God as the face of God. Melt in its presence.

St Augustine (354-430 A.D.)

 

 

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

Mahatma Ghandi (1869-1948)

 

 

The Church is to see itself as an outpost of heaven. It is a microcosm of the new heaven and the new earth, brought back, as it were, into our temporal sphere. We are still contaminated by failures, sin, relapses, rebellion, self-centeredness; we are not yet what we ought to be. But by the grace of God, we are not what we were. For as long as we are left here, we are to struggle against sin, and anticipate, so far as we are able, what it will be like to live in the untarnished bliss of perfect righteousness. We are to live with a view to the day of Christ.

 

That means, of course, that Christians constitute a kind of missionary community…until the consummation, we live out our lives down here, a heavenly, missionary outpost in a lost, dying, and decaying world. We are to see ourselves as an outpost of a new heaven and a new earth in an old world that stands under the judgment of God.

D.A. Carson, A Call To Spiritual Reformation

 

 

He sees your deeds, He knows your needs even before you ask… Of every earthly plan that be known to man, He is unconcerned. He’s got plans of his own to set up His throne. When He returns.

Bob Dylan, When He Returns

 

 

But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.

The Apostle Paul, 1st Corinthians 8:3