In today’s sermon Pastor Jamie talks about sanctifying grace in which we acknowledge that the Christian journey is a process of continually becoming holy as God is holy. To progress we must understand what Christian perfection is not. Christian perfection is not:
- Freedom from mistakes
- Freedom from temptation
- Freedom from physical or mental infirmities
- Perfections of knowledge
- A list of meaningless do’s or don’ts
There will always be things we don’t know or only partially understand. We will continue to make mistakes. We will experience physical, mental and emotional hardship. We will always be on a journey of growth and perfection.
Christian perfection IS…Perfection in love: Loving God and loving our neighbor. As people who are being made perfect through God, with God and by God, we do our best. We grow by participating in the means of grace, those things we do that help us connect to God, e.g. prayer, scripture reading, fasting and receiving communion.
Prelude: “Lamento e Giga” by Carson Cooman
Postlude: “Venus Toccata” by Carol Williams
Scripture 1 Peter 1:13-17
13 Therefore, once you have your minds ready for action and you are thinking clearly, place your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14 Don’t be conformed to your former desires, those that shaped you when you were ignorant. But, as obedient children, 15 you must be holy in every aspect of your lives, just as the one who called you is holy. 16 It is written, You will be holy, because I am holy.[a] 17 Since you call upon a Father who judges all people according to their actions without favoritism, you should conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your dwelling in a strange land.