Melissa shows how our being fed by God does not depend on our goodness or striving, but on God’s. Also that god nourishes us to our fill neither more nor less. Exodus 16:1-18
Jeremiah named his enemies as his friends even while still proclaiming the violence and destruction around him. Jesus understood he had enemies who would call him and his followers names and plot against him.
But that’s the opportunity for transformation. To reflect about why we’re seen as the enemy to others.
Can we one day name our enemies as friends?
Melissa spoke from Psalm 100 and Romans 5:1-8. God doesn’t change God’s mind about you; you change your mind about God. Sin is pernicious because it warps this most central part of the Christian life – it warps our image of God. Sin turns God into a judge, standing in judgment over us, waiting to pounce on our wrong decisions. If you have rejected that God then you are exactly where God wants you to be.
You don’t come to confession to have your sins forgiven; you come to celebrate that your sins are forgiven. The grace we receive is unexpected and unearned.
The recording for this Sunday’s sermon had some noise issues, so we’re not able to post it. However, you can read Melissa’s transcript for her sermon based on the creation account. Before the message Hans read James Weldon Johnson’s poem The Creation and Angel read from Genesis 1:24-28. Melissa referred to Brian Doyle’s story, also an interesting read.