A Congregation of Conservative Evangelical Christians

SERMON: December 31st, 2017 “Tell it Like it Is?”

Pastor Dave Sarsons
January 3, 2018

SERMON: December 31st, 2017 “Tell it Like it Is?”

Today Joan began the service with a reading from Psalm 90 applying the verse to the New Year.  Pastor Dave continued on with his message “Tell it Like it Is”.  The world is satisfied with a religion where they don’t have to do anything, they just need to show up at church, but God wants to pour out His presence, His love, His peace and His joy and fill us up and set us free to “tell it like it is”.  When we “tell it like it is”, we are telling the world our testimony.  Man can take argument with many things, but our testimony can only be believed or not; not argued about.  New years begin with people thinking that everything will be different, but as C. S Lewis put it, “All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.”  Our focus must be on what is eternal!  Pastor Dave’s message for 2018 is on Reconcilation.  He spoke from 2 Corinthians 5:14-20:

“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.  Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.  Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He hasbcommitted to us the word of reconciliation.

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

Christ reconciled us to Him when He went to the cross.  He gave us a ministry of reconciliation. We need to go into the New Year with the heart of reconciliation and be whom God has created us to be.
Psalm 90 New King James Version (NKJV)
“The Eternity of God, and Man’s Frailty
A Prayer of Moses the man of God.
“Lord, You have been our dwelling place[a] in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

3 You turn man to destruction,
And say, “Return, O children of men.”
4 For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it is past,
And like a watch in the night.
5 You carry them away like a flood;
They are like a sleep.
In the morning they are like grass which grows up:
6 In the morning it flourishes and grows up;
In the evening it is cut down and withers.

7 For we have been consumed by Your anger,
And by Your wrath we are terrified.
8 You have set our iniquities before You,
Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.
9 For all our days have passed away in Your wrath;
We finish our years like a sigh.
10 The days of our lives are seventy years;
And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 Who knows the power of Your anger?
For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

13 Return, O Lord!
How long?
And have compassion on Your servants.
14 Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
15 Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us,
The years in which we have seen evil.
16 Let Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.
17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands.”

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