So the question today is this, “Can I live my life with no regard for the glory and recognition of others, but with complete focus on faithfulness and obedience to Christ?”
The Bible contains a single, unified story. If we see the original Genesis creation and Revelation’s new creation as the ends of a bridge, and if we see the major movements of creation, fall, redemption and restoration as pillars along the way, we can use the themes we’ve discussed today to lay in the pieces that build the superstructure. Once that is in place, we should be able to take any individual story or teaching and locate it along the narrative arc and have a decent idea how that piece serves the whole.
The only reason the bible needed putting together is because we took it apart.The bible came to us as a whole, but rather than learning to see the narrative woven throughout, we disassembled it and tried to solve a puzzle of our own making. And worse, we sometimes treat the pieces as Legos – as if there are no wrong ways to put it back together.
What makes a pastor joyful? I have a few ideas….
“ The most crucial theological truth about sexuality is that God loves sex and evil hates it. God made us sexual, and He glories in his plan for our union and joy. Evil hates what God loves, and it has found that more harm can be done through sex then perhaps any other means. Often the chief battleground for the human soul is the terrain of sexuality.” - Dan Allender
“Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see God; 15 Watch carefully that no one falls short of God’s favor, and that no root of bitterness springs up to trouble you and throw many others off the path. Watch that no one becomes wicked and profane like Esau, the son of Isaac, who for a single meal sold his invaluable birthright.”
So, let us drop every extra weight like all wise runners do when they get ready to run. The Olympians in Greece ran practically naked in an attempt to get rid of anything that would slow them down. Today, Olympic athletes wear the lightest shoes; swimmers wear the slickest body suits; bikers get the most aerodynamic helmets and bikes. They cut down to the smallest percentage of body fat. Every little thing matters.