Sunday Morning Teaching
Did you know that the number one Resolution for 2018 was “To Become a Better Person”. That resolution supplanted the most popular one from the last few years - which was losing weight. What does it actually mean to be “good?” We’re talking about character, aren't we? We believe it's good to be kind, fair and just; it's bad to cheat, murder and steal. So, is character about keeping a list of do’s and don’ts? If I can check off a list of good character qualities or behaviours - does that mean I'm “good?” Is it possible for my good behaviours to mask ulterior motives? Is character authentic if it's simply a mask? What do the motivations of our heart say about our true character?
The church at Corinth are asked in a letter to consider the character underneath their actions of love. You can find the words in 1 Corinthians 13:1-8. They were being challenged to SHIFT from their thinking that doing good things is the same as being a good person. To shift from artificial restraint of their hearts to authentic transformation by experiencing the love and grace of God daily. Grace is a supernatural work of God that transforms the heart and that’s radically different than a work of human effort that restrains the heart. That’s a huge and freeing difference and the character traits that result from a a transformed heart are ways that grace in turn flows out in our lives.
Sunday January 21:
This week - we’re looking at the everyday grace of KINDNESS. Last week we talked about forgiveness and most people will say that forgiveness is hard and that we can’t do it without help! But when it comes to kindness - most people will say that they're reasonably kind. It’s not that hard. Not very many people think they have trouble being kind. It’s hard to find someone who says - “Yeh, I’m an unkind person.”
So why does Paul think KINDNESS is so important that he mentions it specifically in his writing to the Christians in Corinth and Ephesus? What’s so hard about kindness?
I recently read an article by a movie critic in which he said that many actors get to a place in their career where they want to play characters who are simply purely kind and good. He also said those movies tend to be really bad! He went on to say something that got me thinking - he said, “Actors forget how hard it is to make extreme goodness - dramatically interesting.” Maybe Paul gives kindness significance because it’s easy to be artificially kind but real kindness requires a SHIFT?
Sunday morning - we’re looking at how a Supernatural grace changed heart shows itself in living out authentic kindness. You can check out Paul’s words in Ephesians 4:29-5:2 Hope to see you then!
When we gather as church there's always a warm welcome, good coffee and plenty of time to hang around connecting with each other. We share in each other's joys, pray with each other in times of hurt and pain, and encourage each other as a people who are living out the love of God!
Hope to meet you!
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