I’m a terrible Anglican!
I am rubbish at the three point sermon (as any regular reader of these blogs can testify)!
I was chatting today with a really wise older Pastor and was gently trying to pick his brains about stuff.
He said if he could preach his first sermon again he’d talk about and he was talking about peoples inferiority complexes, which is at the heart of most of the pain and problems we have in our Churches.
The insecure ‘victim mentality’ never thinks it is their fault -It is always someone-else’s.
Yet why do people in Churches hold on to roles, power and stuff so tightly? It is because they get their value from it.
Most jealousies stem from an insecurity too.
Sometimes insecure people or people who feel inferior also are the people that put others down to make themselves feel better.
There is an adage of hurt people hurt people, and it is true sadly people struggling with insecurities will lash out.
These things do work -a little bit- with boosting our EGO, yet they don’t actually heal or solve the issue- in fact in the long run they actually make it worse.
Yet the insecurity and inferiority actually I believe stems from a lack of understanding of who we are in Christ, what is our identity.
I was thinking about this. Before Christ our identity is ‘far from God’ and ‘dead in our sins’… which probably isn’t going to help us address our insecurity or inferiority issues.
Yet when we become Christians we gain a new identity. We who were dead in our sins are now alive in Christ, we who were once far off, are now seated with Christ on high in the heavenly places.
So, although not three points, nor starting with the same letter, we are A-L-I-V-E in him.
A Adopted. he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— (Eph.1.5).
As I thought about adoption I thought people can fall pregnant by accident, but you can’t adopt someone by accident.
When we think of adoption we think of God Wanting us, choosing us, called by name.
Also, adoption is giving us a place in God’s family the word adoption talks about our belonging to God and belonging in his family.
“See how the Father has lavished his love on us that we can be called children of God, because that beloved is who we are”. 1 John .
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father. AND “Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” -God himself -the creator and ruler of the universe says you can call him dad!
Adoption also talks of our inheritance to come, citizens of an eternal inheritance of heaven, our unearned rights as Gods children.
L Loved… This amazing truth that the God of the universe, loves us, likes us, want a relationship with us.
we are loved with a passionate love that caused Jesus to be nailed to the cross, and die for us.
Love so extravagant and gracious that we cannot get our head around it.
I In-dwelt… The amazing truth that God promises by the power of his Holy Spirit that he lives and dwells within us. God of heaven living in us.
The Bible tells us that we have the same Holy Spirit living in us that raised Jesus from the dead, he that is within us is greater than he that is within the world.
V Victorious. In Christ we are not failures, not mistakes, but in him we have victory of hell, sin and death, the cross and the grace from it speaks louder than our mistakes sin and failures.
E Eternal/Eternity. Our destiny is for eternity. God wants to be with us forever, and ever and ever, and loved with an everlasting love.
So, in Christ remember we are adopted, loved, In-dwelt by God most high, Victorious and Eternal.