A Journey of Courageous Introspections and Amazing Grace

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During the month of May we looked at Five Habits of Highly Missional People, using the acronym BELLS; Blessing others; Eating with others, Listening to the Holy Spirit, Learning together, and being Sent. During the months of June, July and August we continued our journey through the book of Acts, and the month of September we took three Sundays expounding our Vision Statement. We are now going to switch gears. For the next seven weeks, you are invited to enter “a journey of courageous introspection and amazing grace,” as we begin a series of sermons on Seven Deadly Sins. Richard Foster, a well-known Christian author on spiritual disciplines wrote a book called Money, Sex, and Power, this world’s three great temptations. There are worse sins, like violence and murder, and there are more frequent sins, like drug and alcohol abuse or lying. The Seven deadly sins are not a list found in scripture, like those mentioned setting up the nine “Fruits of the Spirit” in Galatians 5. They are a group of vices, each different from the other, that help us get at the source of our brokenness, dysfunction, and sinful behaviors. They have been gathered and written about by early church fathers, monks, desert fathers, protestant reformers  church theologians and historians alike. The sins we will be examining include; The sin of Envy, as feeling bitter when others have it better. Sloth, as resistance to the demands of love. Avarice or Greed, as wanting it all. Anger, as Holy emotion or hellish passion. Gluttony, as feeding your face and starving your heart. Lust, as smoke, fire and ashes. And Vainglory or Pride, saying image is everything. Over the next few months we will examine these seven deadly sins to assist in rooting out causes of our brokenness and expose us to the hope, healing and good news of the gospel; helping us become more like Christ in our daily walk. We trust and pray that Jesus will continue to mold, mature and magnify His body, leading us in mournfulness, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, meekness, peacemaking, mercy, generosity, purity of heart and humility as we follow Him.                                                                                                                                             Pastor Sid

Karin Terpstra