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October 4, 2015 - God the Fire - Exodus 19:1-6, 16-19

posted Oct 6, 2015, 6:25 AM by Grant Garber
  • Since we are creatures, made in the image of God, we all yearn to find holiness.
  • The irony is that every time we do encounter the holy we try to domesticate it into something unholy that we can manage.
  • Holiness cannot fit in your pocket.
  • We don’t even hear God’s voice most of the time because it is drowned out by all the other voices around us.
  • We are not trying to make you comfortable with holiness.  We are trying to breathe life back into all of our souls.  The only way to do that is to come and take our place in holy worship – where we meet the consuming fire.
  • Part of what it means to stand in the presence of holiness is to finally, at last, not be in control of the agenda.  And that is the beginning of getting life back into your soul. 
  • It is only as we remember the past that we can see how to move to the future.  The light to our path, the lamp to our feet, shines from behind us.
  • Our deepest fear in worship is that we remember that we have not remembered.
  • The Gospel proclaims that holiness has climbed down to us because, in Christ, God was dying to forgive us our sin.
  • Holiness is now revealed not as thunder and lightning on a mountain top but as acts of mercy.  And as it was revealed in the incarnation, so it is revealed when Christ is incarnated in our acts of mercy.
  • What has changed from the old to the new covenant is not God, but you.  In Christ, you are forgiven and restored and loved and freed finally to be merciful.
Pastor Jim Spon | Exodus 19:1-6, 16-19