April 16, 2018

04.15.18 What We Will Be (series on 1 John)

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In this podcast: 

1. Prayer for illumination

2. New Testament reading   Acts 3:12-19

3. The Psalter  Psalm 4:1-8 

4. Gospel reading  Luke 24:36b-48

5. The Anthem  "Alleluia, Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord!" (Donald Fishell) 

6. Epistle  1 John 3:1-17

7. Sermon "What We Will Be" 

 

Sermon excerpt

In 1 John 3, the Elder begins, “1See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.”

I cannot grasp the depths of God’s love and compassion for us: lawless, rebellious children, born as captives to sin.

I cannot comprehend the sacrifice and pain God felt on the Friday which we call “good.” And on the silent Saturday that followed.

I cannot understand the risk God takes when he chooses to love us … because we have the power to break the Father’s heart over and over and over again.

And yet … he adopts us anyway. He loves us as his own flesh and blood. 

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