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September 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 20, 2015


Greetings Family!

            Today’s message is about presenting ourselves to God.  In the body of the message is a quote.  I can think of no better use for my letter to you this morning than to reprint the quote here for you to take home with you.

            The German theologian and pastor Dietrich Bonheoffer was imprisoned by the Nazis and executed just before the close of World War II.  He knew of the costliness of following Christ.  I fear the church in America has somewhat lost touch with how much it really costs to follow Jesus.  In his book, The Cost of Discipleship (which I highly recommend), he wrote against that he called the gospel of cheap grace…

“Cheap grace amounts to the justification of sin without the justification of the repentant sinner who departs from sin and from whom sin departs.  Cheap grace is not the kind of forgiveness of sin which frees us from the toils of sin… cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.

Costly grace, on the other hand is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows Him…  When Martin Luther spoke of grace, he always implied a corollary that it cost him his own life, the life which was now subjected to the absolute obedience of Christ.

Happy are they, who knowing that grace, can live in the world without being of it; who by following Jesus Christ, are so assured of their heavenly citizenship that they are truly free to live their lives in the world.”

            This quote speaks directly to what Paul has been talking about with us for the last three weeks and especially today.  It may cost you dearly; it may cost me dearly to follow Him.  I must ask myself, am I ready to count the cost daily and from this day forward?

            As always, my prayer is that we would all “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  II Timothy 2:15.

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Pastor


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