Glad to be with you this week. I was away last week due to a funeral service.
Our text for Sunday is found in 1 John 3:16-24. It is a text I have never preached on before and honestly, I am not sure how I missed it. It is a wonderful passage that simplifies not only whose we are in Jesus Christ, but who we are called to be because of the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
The message is this: "we know what love is because Jesus Christ laid down his life for us." In response to that incredible gift, you and I are called (compelled?) to share that love with our neighbors. If you want to know what a Christian is to look like, that is it.
I read an insightful blog that has helped me focus my sermon this week. I share it with you (Stewardship of Life) for you to read at your leisure. (By the way, if you hear anything in my sermon that sounds exactly like what is written in that blog, it is almost certainly coincidental--haha!)
With that said, I want you to know that I also saw this text in action this morning. One of our own had to have extensive heart surgery today. After spending the morning with the family at St. Joseph Hospital in Savannah, I left to come back to the office to work on my sermon. On my way out, Bruce Frost walked in; he came to share God's love and peace with the family. A few minutes after he arrived, Eugenia McDilda and Rita Ponder came in to share God's love and peace with the family as well.
The most powerful verse in this passage for me is 1 John 3:18 which says, "Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." That is what those three did and that is what we are all called to do as well.
May our actions reflect the love that God has bestowed upon us all.
In His love and grace,
Tonight is the NFL Draft. Teams will be selecting the top NCAA football players to help improve their respective franchises. The Falcons, due to the Julio Jones trade of 2011, do not have a first round pick this year. I am perfectly content with that because Julio is better than any player we would have selected this year at 22 anyway. The Falcons do have several needs to fill with DT, OL, and TE being the most serious. Here's to a great draft, and quite possibly, a franchise player being picked this weekend.
Have a good one!!!