Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation -but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of your body, you will live.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs of Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Theme: Desire of Christ.
Message: Not many people, even Christians themselves knows the true meaning of the gospel, the very core of the good news. Currently, we think the amount of Christians today are declining, however they are not. Rather, instead of declining, it is inclining and it is those Christians who are staying and all the lukewarm Christians that are leaving. What you do in this world is irrelevant; you can be very academic and successful, but you are not better or lower than anyone else especially in Christ. For example, this person (forgot his name) is academically smart and went to the top universities in America and even published something that was in the New York bestselling. One day, he visited people with special needs. However, even though he visited those people, he realized something important. Even though he was successful and those people were not, it did not matter if he was superior to them because anything he said, no one understood them. Why? Because anything you do in this world is irrelevant. It was then he finally realized that even though he was a public figure, it did not matter. He went back to Christ knowing that it had stunted in growth. The purpose of this message is that in Christ, anything is relevant because God sent his own son to die for our sins. That is the good news. So live your life in Christ because anything you do in this world will not matter.
What really grabbed my attention from today’s sermon was when the Rev. Danny mentioned that worldly matters are not relevant. One of the examples he shared was the church members. Before, I was hurt from my church members indirectly because I experienced and observed how they were all hypocrites. Because of what was happening, I questioned God, “God, why are all these people in my school, who goes to the same church, sin?” From then, I left church for a good 2-3 years without an answer. I always thought making friends and spending time with them is a part of fellowship. However, I was only thinking of making friends (which I was never good at) when I should have come to church to serve ONLY God. Making church friends are worldly matters, therefore it is irrelevant compared to going to church to serve God. My broken heart, yearning for this particular answer is finally fulfilled. Missing a few years of church really hit me to the core and how Christ really pounded on me. I thank you Lord so much for giving me this message today. Now I know that I cannot miss church ever again just because I am not liked or whatnot. :)