January 29, 2023

Made To Shine

Made To Shine

Martin Luther once said,

If I profess with loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except that little point which the world and the Devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.

Let’s assume those words are true. A question we can ask ourselves is this: at this moment in time, what little point is the world and the Devil attacking? If we can figure that out, then, at least according to Martin Luther, we can understand what we as Christians should be talking about.

We hear a lot today about sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and sexuality. Our contemporary culture talks a lot about those ideas because it strongly believes that one’s identity is bound up with one’s sexual orientation. In other words, to know yourself you must look to sexuality for the answers. Is that good advice? Should you look to culture’s definition of sexuality for answers, or can you find the answers somewhere else?

As Christians, we believe that the Bible is the starting point for our knowledge of this world, the way things are, the way things should be, the way things will be, who we are and; most importantly, about who made us and for what purpose.

We’re starting a four-week series called “You Are Known.” In this series, we’re going to be talking about some of the questions that our culture is asking and we’re going to find the answers in the Bible. We’re also going to unpack the reasons why our culture is so confused about things that seems so obvious. Ideas never come without underlying assumptions about the world, and far too often those assumptions are never brought to light. We’re going to bring those assumptions to the light of God’s word as we seek answers to hard questions. In this series, we’re going to talk about four things to help us understand who we are by looking to the opening pages of the Bible: (1) We Are Made from The Ground Up; (2) We Are Made to Reflect God’s Image; (3) We Are Made to Worship and (4); We Are Made to Shine.

I hope that you’ll join us! Better yet, invite a friend! Everyone knows someone who needs to hear the gospel. And you probably know someone who’s asking and searching for answers to some really hard questions. Inviting someone to church is a great way to let someone know that you love them. I’m excited for this series and look forward to seeing you!

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