Sermons on Redemption
God does not want a better you. He wants a new you. For the unbeliever, new life is available. For the believer, restoration is possible.
If we strive to find our identity in family, friends, relationships, church or our past, we will be consistently disappointed, disillusioned, and discouraged. If we have a relationship with Christ, our identity is found in Him which, as we’ve seen, produces a joy, peace and fullest possible life.
The churches in Galatia were no longer looking like the church it was created to be. You can almost here Paul saying “how did you go from being redeemed through Christ, believing in Him and reflecting Him, to relying on yourselves, trying to do things your own way?”
We each have a past. We are here in the moment. What will your future look like? I can guarantee you this, with Christ, you do not have to face it alone and with Christ, it will be the fullest life possible. And with Christ, it will be an eternal life, one spent in relationship with Him.
Because of Christ, forgiveness is available to us through repentance. God has freed us from the bondage of sin. Yes, there’s a Peter in all of us. We all fall short. But through Christ, restoration is not only possible, it’s available. That’s what Easter is about. Redemption through Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.
Jesus breaks down barriers. Is there something that is hindering our fruitfulness in Christ — something that keeps us from seeing Him and showing Him?
Since it’s inception, the church has never been about bringing people to a place, it’s been about bringing people to a person and that person is Jesus Christ and Him alone. If we make this or any other about church anything other than Christ, we are living in sin, corporately, and we need to repent.