As the New Year begins, we are reminded that we are worse than we think but God’s grace is greater than we can imagine. Our identity is in Christ Jesus, not in our successes or failures. Our sins do not define us. God’s plan is much bigger than we think and His grace is perfected in our weaknesses.
The sermon both comforts and challenges us. Our natural inclination is to mess stuff up. Jesus Christ won security for us and we are now free to be honest about our sin. Jesus Christ now defines us and gives us our identity, not our sin. Grace flows downhill to the poor and humble and He works through our weaknesses for His glory. God’s will will prevail through the Church, as broken as she is.
What are God’s New Year’s resolutions for you?
- Cheer up! You’re far worse than you think.
- Cheer up! God’s grace is much greater than you can imagine.
- Cheer up! God works through our weakness.
- Cheer up! God’s kingdom/plan will eventually prevail.