Manukau City Baptist Church – Sunday 20 Oct 2013

A week in politics is a long time

  • If you have integrity, nothing else matters.
  • If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.
  • But all sinners are welcome here, because Jesus loves sinners.
  • But purity in marriage is ultimately a good thing.  Anything else harms us.

The hour of darkness

  • John 19:17 – Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha).
  • John 19:30 – When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished”  Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.

Jesus is both:

  • Love
  • Holiness

The cross:

  • When we sinned in the garden (and ever since), we cause the split between these two character traits.
  • When Jesus died on the cross, he restored those two things.  Once again, we can experience God is His fullness.

The cross

  • God loves sinners, but God hates sin.  He won’t turn a blind eye to it.
  • We have no problem believing stories about parents who sacrifice their lives to save their children.
  • We should have no problem believing God would send his son to save us.

Lesson Summary

  • Practice selflessness
  • It’s not what I want.  It’s not what she wants.  It’s “what’s best for us?”
  • Galatians 6:10 – Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

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