Pastor Dave Sarsons
June 16, 2019
SERMON: June 16th, 2019 “Preaching to the Choir”
Ephesians 4:1-13 is about the unity of the body of Christ. Verse 7 says that each one of us has been apportioned grace or gifts, talents and abilities to live a life worthy of the calling that we have received making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. The church of Jesus Christ exists for three reasons: to exalt God – which we do as we sing and offer prayer; to edify His people – to uplift them morally, spiritually and intellectually by preparing them, educating them and teaching them; to evangelize – which is when we ‘go out’ to bring the gospel to the world. But in the church, we have things backwards. Instead of first exalting God, then edifying His people so they can go out to evangelize; we start with evangelizing and we abandon exalting the Lord and edifying His people. To preach to the choir is to know the music, but not the words. We need to start in the church first exalting the Lord – showing Him we love Him; that He is the Only One who can equip us for everything; then we have to add edifying and teach the body of Christ His Word and then add evangelizing. The goal of the Church is to conform to Jesus Christ.
THE MESSAGE – Romans 12:
9-10 Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
11-13 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
14-16 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.
17-19 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.”
20-21 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.