Sunday, May 02, 2010

Earn this.

What's wrong with this picture?Is this the right message to send to kids?

Of course, far too many adults have bought into the "God loves me when/because I'm worthy" tomfoolery as well.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
-Romans 5:6-8, ESV

Like the song says, "For He alone is worthy, Christ the Lord."

At Providence Church this morning we're going to be partaking of the Lord's Supper, which is specifically for a people who recognize their need for God's grace because of their sins. The Lord's Supper is for a penitent people, who repent of their failings as they cling to Christ.

Consequently, at Providence Church we humbly pray together:
"We do not presume to come to this, Your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in Your manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under Your table."
The Lord's Supper, like Christianity in general, is not for those who are worthy, but for those who realize they are not, but He is. The proud and/or worthy need not apply.

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At 02 May, 2010 08:04, Anonymous Beth Ellen McKinney said...

Great message well stated.

At 02 May, 2010 18:06, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, and though not worthy, because we have genuinely repented, we find that the sin in our life that we may have formerly tolerated has now become unacceptable to us, and though we do at times struggle with it (and fall short), we are resolved never to embrace it again. Instead, our desire is to fully yield to the indwelling Spirit, realizing that He, and not we ourselves, can bring about evident change to the glory of God. Though when we sin we are regularly reminded of our personal inadequacy, we are encouraged to see that God, by grace, is conforming us to the image of Christ to the extent that we do not resist His working.

At 03 May, 2010 15:29, Blogger Oilcan said...

Saving Private Ryan

God loves me when I am working . . . to earn my salvation? I don't think so.

At 03 May, 2010 15:30, Anonymous Lance said...

Jesus loves Gunny when Gunny is blogging.

So keep it up (or else).

At 03 May, 2010 15:38, Blogger GUNNY said...

Point, Oilcan.

When I blog, I feel His pleasure.
-Gunny Liddell


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