Each week, the pastor who preaches posts a brief synopsis of the sermon for you to see the main points made during the sermon on Sunday morning.
July 1, 2018
1 John 1:5-2:2 “Spin Control”
Can we say we live in a time when spin control is overused?
- Personally, when I mess up, what is my first line of defense? Excuses!
- Politically, lies are okay. And the mode of operation is never to apologize.
- At Bethlehem, when we worship we begin with the Rite of Confession and Forgiveness. We accept that in our sinful lives we cannot put forth spin control. We are sinners.
Grace is living in the promises of our baptism. God in Jesus loves us, forgives us, and promises us eternal life. But at the very same time our words and actions do not follow God’s will for our lives.
If you are familiar with 12-step recovery programs, you know that step 1 and step 4 are essential to recovery.
- Step 1 is self-recognition. “Hi, I’m Tim Stoa. I am a sinful human being. I am a hypocrite. I am a control freak. I am judgmental. There is no spin control, just an honest view of our sinfulness.
- Step 4 is a “searching, fearless moral inventory of our lives.” This is looking at where we have messed up.
- Dennis the Menace at his bedside, on his knees, looking to God and saying, “God, you might want to pull up a chair. It has been a very busy day.” That is us!
In the midst of that inventory, we hear God’s grace. I will be your God and you will be my child. You are saved by grace through faith, not by your doing but as a free gift from God. Amen.