Dear Christ Church,
The two sermons that I just recently preached from Ephesians 5:3-14 on “How God Heals Our Sexual Scars” were some of the most difficult, but important sermons that I think we have had as a young church. I have already seen God using this to call people out of darkness into the light and it has been amazing to witness how much God lovingly wants to continue to rescue those whom he died to save.
I want to encourage each one of us though not to just move on from these sermons quickly. It is easy to be affected in a moment, to feel God’s spirit working, but then allow ourselves to once again become numb by the daily grind of life. But there is so much grace for you that God wants to pour out upon you. Don’t move on. Stay. Consider. Continue to open up. If you haven’t opened up yet, be vulnerable and do so. The beauty of the gospel is that we do not have to hide our sins, but we can come to our Savior with our sins. A broken and contrite heart, he has never turned away “But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” (Isa 66:2 ESV) Come to Jesus with your brokenness and experience his grace begin to make you whole.
Don’t just come to Jesus though. There is a tremendous promise in James 5:16, “confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” As we have seen throughout the book of Ephesians, it is the church that is meant to embody Jesus, so that we can experience Him in deeper ways. As we confess our sins, not just to God, but to good, godly, close friends, there is a healing that takes place in us. So open up with one another. Talk to me. My door is always open. Let’s be a healing community where we confess sin, expose the darkness, and link arms with one another to run in the light.
Christ Church, Jesus is worth it!
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