I’m a note-taker. Writing things down on paper helps me to remember what I have heard. Important things. Set aside. Remembered.
The following thoughts are taken from my notes as I listened to the sermon given by Dr. Matthew St. John, Bethel Church, Fargo, ND on October 26, 2014.
Declare God’s Glory.
He began, “People are slouching toward darkness. They have no hope and we are called to the flame and funk and carry people to safety. Our great command and privilege is to move people toward Christ.
Why? We are deeply loved by God and in response to His love, we are to love Him with all our heart and all our souls and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Matthew 22:37-39
How? By abiding in Christ, walking alongside and close to him, we will understand how God wired us. Our souls will be completely repaired and restored.
What are we to do about this love? We declare God’s glory to everyone and tell the story of salvation-the gospel story.
Psalm 96:3 NIV “Declare God’s glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” God cares about the nations. Ponder who they are, what they experience, and why.
Glory. Heavy. Weighty. Scope so grand and massive. Can’t be contained. Our great joy is to present the weightiness of God.
Psalm 96:2 NIV “Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.” Tell of Jesus’ salvation.
Declare God’s glory with Jesus’ salvation-the gospel.
Do it as well as you can. Let God do the rest. He has not called us to do the rest.”
In response to His love, we give God the glory for His goodness and faithfulness and tell the story of salvation (the good news) in our newly released book, “Pinned!: Farm Accident-Our Walk in Faith.”
“The gospel is not just the way we begin in Christ; it is also the way we grow in Christ. Dwelling on the gospel produces freedom, joy, radical sacrifice, and audacious faith.” J.D. Greear, Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary
FOOTNOTE: These three scriptures, shared by Pastor Randy Hahne, Bethel Assembly of God, Carrington, ND on Sunday, March 8, 2020, together and in sequence can be used to share the good news of the gospel: Romans 3:23, Roman 5:8, and Romans 10:9.