1. So who do you listen to?
- Morton Kelsey – “busyness is not of the devil busyness is the devil’
- Most people use the word “busy” to describe ‘how they are’
- At work we listen to colleagues, supervisors and secular culture
- Fear of failure drives us into ourselves – escape into busyness
- Voices of shame and guilt drive many people away from God
The times were good, Israel was expanding and not under attack. The rulers had gotten complacent.
- Hebrew Religion had been reduced to rituals.
- Intermarriage with the Canaanites had led to toleration of Canaanite worship practices– in violation of the Moses Covenant
- Justice and truth were suffering as people focused on becoming wealthy.
- Like ripe fruit they were in danger of becoming overripe
3. Paul proclaims the mystery of life in Christ
He reminds us that at some point in the past we were all enemies of God in our minds. Our behaviour towards other people was not acceptable to God. Amos and our Psalm Reading (Psalm 52) emphasize the sinfulness of deceit, lying and exploitation of the poor. But the great mystery is that we can be forgiven through the sacrificial death of Jesus.
- Some people have trouble believing this - is against the logic and reason of our physical worldview
- Bible assumes a metaphysical – greater than physical worldview
- Metaphysical worldview adds the spiritual dimension to the physical
- Spiritual dimension can be understood through Bible Study and personal experience – such as the Charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit
- Things that happen in the physical dimension – like sins, affect what happens in the spiritual dimension
- Jesus uses simple analogies to explain this - “I am the door”
- Sacraments are examples of this interaction – an outward visible sign of an inner spiritual effect
- Mystery of faith is that through baptism we are spiritually joined to Jesus.
- Jesus lives in us because we believe in him and love him
- ‘Lives in’ is like the story of Romeo and Juliette lives inside us
- Our faith and experience connect us to Jesus
- In the New Covenant of Jesus we are joined to His death for our sins by our repentance and faith in asking for forgiveness
- Our guilt is spiritually taken back in time to the Cross and paid for
- Mystery of Faith is that the shed blood of Jesus covers our guilt, creates a clean environment for the Holy Spirit to live in us and makes it possible for us to stand in the presence of a Holy God in heaven when we die – this is the Good News!