New Hope Baptist Church
Friday, January 18, 2019
a place to call home


"...if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us...If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." 
1 John 7-10
Christians should be the most honest people in the world. However, an idea has crept into our congregations that says we are to polish ourselves off, stand tall with chests puffed out in an attempt to look as holy as possible. Yet we read in Romans chapter 3 this past Sunday that no one can stand before God and claim righteousness apart from Jesus Christ; for on our own we are ever at odds with God due to our natural inclination to sin. 
To spark further thought, let us read the passage above and recognize that to feign holiness is to deny our constant need for a Savior. We know that the Gospel is defined as, "The Good News." Well, what is the "news?" The news is that we are broken people who strive to build false gods out of possession, people or an identity; or worse yet that we are in a quest to be a god so that we can write our own rules. The Good News is that God has not counted that sin against us but has provided a way to be joined with him in eternity in spite of our sin. 
In our church, let us hold fast to the idea that the Gospel isn't about us and how we cleaned up in order to be the "moral majority" but rather the story is about a God who redeems in spite of our inability to meet the holy standard. When we see that, we see a need for a Savior and the sacrifice of Jesus is as our only hope. This will cause us to be more humble, judge less and show great love to a fallen world in need of saving just like us. And that, will free us in honesty to say we are not free of sin but freed from sin.