Monday, August 15, 2005

Sunday Highlights

From Sunday morning's sermon "The Power of the Tongue":

Remember one thing more. I said at the beginning that men and women of great power sit in this sanctuary. Be sure to know that there is One in here of infinitely greater power. His Word – Jesus the Son of God – did turn away the wrath that should have fallen upon us. His Word who came to us gentle and in meekness truly is the Tree of Life. And this Word came to us from a heart of love.

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:9-10).

May we be filled with such love that our tongues, that our whole beings, glorify the God of love and draw others to the Tree of Life. Such love is power indeed.

From the evening sermon "Rendering Judgment":
It is when I get to the cross that both perspectives are made clearer for me. How terrible, how horrible sin must be that such a price must be made to free us from it. How awe-full must be the holiness of God that he must turn his face from his Son calling out to him on the cross. What do I know of sin and holiness? What do I know of righteousness and love? How pure must God’s righteousness be that he cannot wave off the smallest of sin, but carry justice against it on the cross.

And most mysterious of all – how wondrous must be such love that God the Father would give up his Son, that the Son would willingly give up his life, for…whom? For sinners, for enemies: “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”; “while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son” (Romans 5:8, 10). The cross presents a God with wrath who brought men with sin into a kingdom of righteousness through the sufferings of a Christ – his only begotten Son – on a Cross.

Both sermons can be read by clicking DMCmessages.


Anonymous christiana said...

Marion, I was away from Tenth on Sunday, but we were able to listen online to the service that morning. Not only was your sermon convicting then, but we kept referring to it in conversation and Bible study throughout the week of vacation. Thank you for faithfully preaching the Word.

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