O Holy God, in our better days we long for the holiness described by the psalmist, and we strive to displace our pride with righteous desires to see you honored in our hearts and homes and workplaces; in our times of arrogance we desire some form of personal gain, prestige or pleasure or the satisfaction of feeling superior to those whose ideas and ideals are offensive to us. Lord, we are hot then cold, fervent then apathetic, compassionate then hateful. Thank you that the blamelessness required to dwell in your tabernacle is the blamelessness of Jesus Christ, that his holiness is credited to all who merely submit to him, that reconciliation with you is not based on our shifting goodness but his eternally constant righteousness. Truly, who but Christ does only what is right, speaks only what is true, does no evil whatsoever, is faithful in all things,forever? Blessed be Christ, he who is wholly blameless.
We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
O Holy God, how sweet it is to trumpet the glories of Jesus Christ as infinitely superior to our piddly efforts and minor successes! And how marvelous, how unfathomable is the truth that though sin is sticky and vile and haunts us all our days, it is no match for the mighty Christ, indeed the power of sin is gutted, for the Savior says in triumph, “It is finished!” Lord, may we all our days love to sing of how the mighty work of Jesus Christ towers above all human achievement, how our works are laughable when stacked up next to his work of salvation! And may we glory in singing of how the mighty salvation offered by Jesus Christ eradicates the stain of even our darkest, most prideful, most twisted sins! Let all human pride bow low and stop up its mouth in silent fear of Christ the Savior! And may your people find all joy in such a holy posture of humility! So may you be honored by your church as she raises up voice and heart, and lowers head and pride, proclaiming the glorious work of salvation of Jesus Christ to those who long to hear that the kingdom of God is at hand.
We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ and for his glory. Amen.
Sunday Sermon - 1 Corinthians Message 11
1 Corinthians 4:14-21
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