- Dr. Ed Stetzer
- The Joy of the Gospel, Together
- 10:00 a.m.
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The most important thing about you is not how you think about yourself, but how God thinks about you. Our view of ourselves is influenced by things that have little, if any, eternal significance: our jobs, appearance, wealth, past, or education. God’s view of us is based on eternal truths: who He has made us to be and what He has done for us.
Understanding our new identity in Christ provides the foundation for a growing relationship with God and others, and gives us the perspective we need to have a more accurate view of ourselves.
While in itself one long journey, life is also full of smaller journeys whereby God leads us from one place to the next. How we approach those journeys makes a huge difference in the lives we live.
As Christians, we can trust God to lead and guide us, and thus we can enjoy the journey He has us on—but joy in the journey is a decision. We must choose joy.
Today I give thanks to God, to my wife and family, and to the Elders, pastoral staff, and congregation. In the words of Paul, I commend you to:
1. The hands of God
2. The Word of His grace
3. The power of His Spirit
4. The reward of His people
Never before has protecting our families been as difficult as it is today. Thieves lurk everywhere—in our homes, in our schools, and in our libraries.
How can we “abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul” (1 Peter 2:11)? First, we must understand the nature of the battle.
We dare not take the future of the church for granted. Powerful forces such as selfism, consumerism, statism, and pluralism are arrayed against us. As we face these dark times, we must remember who we are in Christ.