Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Sermon For Such A Time As This

Sunday's sermon was one of the most challenging, convicting, & compelling sermons I've ever heard. Pastor John preached on "What is the Recession For?" You MUST listen to (or read) it if you haven't done so already. Below are the 5 points that were discussed.

(Some of) God’s Purposes in This Recession

1) He intends for this recession to expose hidden sin and so bring us to repentance and cleansing.

2) He intends to wake us up to the constant and desperate condition of the developing world where there is always and only recession of the worst kind.

3) He intends to relocate the roots of our joy in his grace rather than in our goods, in his mercy rather than our money, in his worth rather than our wealth.

4) He intends to advance his saving mission in the world—the spread of the gospel and the growth of his church—precisely at a time when human resources are least able to support it. This is how he guards his glory.

5) He intends for the church to care for its hurting members and to grow in the gift of love.

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