Pastor Scott’s Weekly Blog – Resting & Striving

 
This is my second weekly blog.  Thanks for tuning in.  The goal is to have it posted and ready for you to read and review to get a “sneak peek” of the worship theme for the week prior to the Wednesday Worship Service.  (You may have noticed I didn’t get it done in time—that’s on me.  I am still adjusting to the Tuesday deadline for writing—you can expect better in the future.  My apologies and thanks for being patient with me as I adjust to the rhythms of worship at Community.)  There is also a good chance you’ll find a “quickie update” on all things related to getting started with the Intentional Interim Ministry process at Community in these blogs.  Enjoy this word from the Word…

And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind,

doing evil deeds,

he has now reconciled

in his body of flesh in his death,

in order to

present you

holy and blameless and above reproach before him….

  Colossians 1:21.22

 

Are You “Resting” in this Grand Reality?

Did you hear that?  Jesus is presenting you (and me too) “holy and blameless and above reproach” because of the cross where he reconciled you “in his body of flesh in his death.”  This is unthinkable and remarkable. 

The One who went to the cross for you is earlier described as being Lord over all– “all things were created through him and for him” (1:16) and “in him the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” (1:20) The Holy Son of God was “making peace by the blood of his cross.” (1:20)  He took the punishment of your sin and mine and made it his and now he takes his holiness and makes it yours and mine.

There is nothing for you to “do” to receive this gift of life and salvation.  The work has “all” been “done” by Jesus “for you.”  In fact, if you and I try to “add” something to this completed work of Jesus we are actually signaling that “something” was missing, that we needed to “complete” to make salvation real.  But that clearly is not the message of the Gospel that is at work among us. 

So, friend of God, are you resting in this grand reality?  This biblical miracle of getting what you don’t deserve “by faith and through grace” is the basis of the Christian experience.  Go ahead, “rest” in it.  Be at peace.  Picture that little baby in the midst of life swirling around him or her, fast asleep in the loving arms of a parent—so peaceful and filled with trust. 

This is you in the arms of your God.  You can rest assured because He says you are “holy and blameless and above reproach.”  And God does not lie, He speaks truth, amazing truth that we can rest in.

 

Blessings on your Worship!

Pastor Scott

 

P.S.  I am having such wonderful 1 on 1 visits with the members and friends of Community.  I wish you could sit in the room with me and here these heartfelt conversations.  The next best thing is that I will summarize all of these and share the insights and attitudes of each in my Phase 1 Report.  Meanwhile, please do sign up and join this great time for listening and encouraging one another in Christ.

Also—please pray for God to grant the staff and I wisdom as we set the ministry schedule for the coming program year.  We want God’s wisdom so we can “see and discover” great ways to serve the friends of God who are counting on Community so that each one can know and rely on the love God has for us. (1 John 4:16)  Thank you!


2 Responses to “Pastor Scott’s Weekly Blog – Resting & Striving”

  1. NORMA AND HEINZ HEISSENBUETTEL says:

    PASTOR SCOTT VERY NICELY DONE GIVES US INSIGHT WHAT TO THINK ON FOR SUNDAY . TRYING TO UNDERSTAND IT ALL THANKS NORMA

  2. Pam Kruso says:

    Pastor Scott,
    We think you are doing a wonderful job. We love how you preach us the message each week. You are easy to understand. I did read the book of Colossians before Sunday the 14th. It was a little confusing, but you made it understandable in your sermon. We are fortunate to have you and appreciate all you are doing to make this a smooth transition.
    Mark & Pam Kruso

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