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I should make some categorization available for journals. I should also make it a calendar view since I tend to make multiple entries in a day and whatever faithful readers I have out there (I bet I can name all of you...) probably miss some here and there, especially since the 'more' interface isn't exactly nice - 250K of my rambling for the past three years, all in one page.
I'll get to it. After thesis. Anyways, the categorization thought comes from the not-so-novel idea of putting my sermon notes into my journal. Of course, I didn't take any today, but if I did, I would upload them. Because I'm nerdy and I take my laptop to sermons. Usually. Today I went to High Rock Church, which it turns out about six people I actually know attend. That was nice. I've been anonymous at all the services I've been to this summer; somebody knew me this time. For those who haven't talked to me, I've been looking for a change, just for the summer, from CBCGB, aka Lexington. I just read in some psychology thing that people actually have a four year interest-cycle, which is maybe the real reason I'm looking at other churches, to keep things different. I'm no psychologist though.
I liked High Rock. For any number of reasons, like being multicultural, having a well designed program and website, serving dinner every Sunday, keeping worship simple, and trying to find any way possible to get people in the church to love one another. I think I'll be going back for the rest of the summer. Which raises some questions, since I do intend to return to CBCGB. Anyways. Sermon notes from memory.
The sermon came from 1 John 1:5-2:2 in a series "Disappointment with God" by Dave. I've missed the other ones, but he mentioned something about God's protection. They sound like they were pretty interesting, and High Rock offers their sermons on CD. This week's was about "Disappointment with God's Work in Me," although the title was "Pansies and Poison Ivy." The gist was mature Christians trying to deal with the fact that they still sin, thus being disappointed that God has not perfected us even though we've been saved.
He turned to 1 John, a letter written to Christians who had grown up in the church, which sets it apart from most of the rest of the epistles in the New Testament. In it John, reminds them of the basics. God is light, he writes, and there is no darkness in Him at all. So if we're walking in darkness, then we can't say we know Him. The point is that light and dark are not things internal to us - if we've come to know God, any 'darkness' or sin is atoned for by His blood. They are external things, and walking in darkness means dwelling in, thinking about, spending time doing sinful things. Light and dark are our environment and they will influence what kind of life we lead (much like flowers, thus the title of the sermon). We need the light, and we need the atonement of Jesus to be free from sin. To claim we have no sin is to claim we don't need the light or atonment. Much like flowers don't wean themselves of sun after they've had enough, we won't be free from our need of His light, His presence.
And what about our sin, as Christians? We need to remember that we are in a relationship with God, by His grace and through His Son. As we continue in that relationship, we will undoubtedly see the truth about our own lives, the sin in them, by growing closer to Him, metaphorically having the light of His presence shine into those places we don't want to look at. That's a sign of our growing. Remember what He's already done in our lives, and remember that we need that light daily.
I probably didn't get all of that down correctly because it's almost 24 hours after I heard it. The same psychology thing said that frowning helps you remember things (so if you don't want to be depressed by current events, say, don't frown while you watch it on TV). Maybe I should have frowned at Dave.
By the way, if you actually made it this far, leave a comment responding to this question, which Dave asked before he started speaking. What would you ask God for, if you could ask Him for anything?