Our Faith is Relational

I called on your name, Lord,
    from the depths of the pit.
You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears
    to my cry for relief.”
You came near when I called you,
    and you said, “Do not fear.”

Lamentations 3:55-57


Give Thanks to the LORD


We are to seek a deeper relationship with God

So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.
1 Peter 2:1
The power of these vices has been defeated. . . . Peter does not tell his readers to fight against these evils but to lay them to the side, to get rid of them. We put off our old nature and cherish our new life in Christ by craving spiritual nourishment and growing in our salvation. . . . Our old ways of thinking, our old ways of self preservation, aren’t even an option–not even remotely an option. We are to set them aside, to dismiss them as unworthy of the new life we have been given. Instead, we are to pursue God. We’re to long for His word where He renews us and teaches us of Himself. We are to grow in our new understanding of our new life in Christ and what He has done for us.
morning sermon, Rev. Tim Rackley, July 23, 2023

We are to build our lives on Christ

“I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen— that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles.”
Acts 26:22b-23
And when I reach my final day
He will not leave me in the grave
But I will rise,
He will call me home
The Lord is my salvation
Who is like the Lord our God?
Strong to save faithful in love
My debt is paid, and the victory won
The Lord is my salvation

We are to bring God glory

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Hebrews 13:15-16
Now we belong to God, and we belong to His family. The church is a place of belonging. “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2:10)
morning sermon, Rev. Tim Rackley, July 23, 2023

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