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Gospel centred sermons, based on the lectionary often in advance.

Jan 9, 2017

Focus reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1–9 

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Think of child growing in it’s mother’s womb, or a seed, in some ways they are perfect. There is the potential that they will grow into a mighty tree, a beautiful flower, a good or great woman or man. Yet they have an incredibly long way to grow. In today’s reading from 1 Cor 1 Paul addresses his letter to “those who are sanctified in Christ”. Sanctified means holy, or even perfect. It is the same word we get “saint” from. If you know anything about the Church in Corinth, you know it was not perfect or holy. Paul was thinking about the Corinthians as God sees them. When God looks at any believer Paul believed that God saw not their sins and failures but the goodness of Jesus. This is where we should always begin, not with what’s wrong with us and the church but with what’s right - we are holy and perfect. We have a lot of growing to do but in God’s eyes we are still saints.

Questions for thought or discussion
What do you make of the idea that you are holy or perfect? How do you react to the idea that God sees Jesus’ goodness and not our sin? What areas do you need to grow in? How mature in faith are you?

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