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Fresh from the sermon editing room floor

Judging by the reaction, or lack thereof from yesterday’s sermon, leaving this paragraph out might have been a serious homiletical mistake, not a doctrinal one, just getting folks from point A to point B, homiletical mistake.  At any rate it should probably be inserted into the sermon above after the second paragraph. — PS

I think most people’s seriously underestimate what God has done for us in Christ.  I think most people would say that Christianity has something to do with believing in God and but mostly it’s about living a morally good life.  Jesus Christ taught many important things about how to be nice to one another but inevitably ran afoul of the Jewish leadership and was executed by the Roman occupying authorities of the time.  What a pity.  He seemed like such a nice man.  He taught some very important things.  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Pray a bit when you get lonely or sick.  Be thankful for what you have. Come to church when you have time.  Celebrate Christmas by being kind and generous to others.  Preachers and church leaders go on and on about all sorts of other things but the most important things are believing in God and being nice to others.  This may be a characterization but I don’t think it’s too far from what most people, even most Christians believe.  This understanding of Christianity misses the point so profoundly so as to be most unhelpful and in reality, inaccurate.  Whenever pastors try to get people to see a little deeper into the eternal things of God, people back away because we end up saying things about people that they are not comfortable with, that they are not comfortable hearing about.  This leads to a serious underestimation of what God has done for us in Christ Jesus.

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