Summary: A sermon that attempts to show how we can be conformed into the image of Christ
Conforming to Christ through The unrelenting love of God
Nothing can diminish or reduce his pursuit of love for his people.
Romans 8:29King James Version (KJV)
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
2 Corinthians 14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Psalm 139:7-12New International Version (NIV)
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
Ever feel alone?
Well you are not!
Jesus said I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Did you ever feel that you sinned greviously against God and you have ruined your relationship with Him.
You know the story of David – He tries to hide his sin of lust and adultery and his pursuit of respectability leads him to do crazy stuff. He tries to hide it and the more he tries the worse it gets it ends in deceit and manipulation and then Murder.
Surely you will think that David has dissed himself from the presence of God but God pursues him – David’s actions have consequnces yet somehow God pursues him unrelentlesy,
New International Version
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans chapter 5 verse 8
God loves us unrelentlessly Paul – a man who persecuted the Christians hated them and was a partaker in their murder. Paul who was blind and lying on the ground still loved by God Paul vulnerable and struggling totally confused by his sin – Paul who even after he had struggled with his sin said –
Romans 7:15-20New International Version (NIV)
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
Paul who must have felt there is no way God can love me bursts out in glorious hope in romans chapter 8
Romans 8:31-39New Living Translation (NLT)
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.