Happy homes are not filled with bitterness. They are not characterized by strained relationships, jealousy, or self-centeredness.
Successful congregations are not at war within themselves. They war against ungodly hatred, prejudice, and pride.
The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians contains a key: happy homes and successful congregations are made up of dead people.
God has been clear in his invitation and expectation.
- No longer live for yourself, but for him who died for your sake. (2 Cor 5:14-15)
- How? Give yourself first to the Lord, and then to others. (2 Cor 8:5)
- In what way? Take every thought captive to obey Christ. (2 Cor 10:5)
- To what effect? Rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Cor 13:11)
Happy homes and successful congregations are made up of dead people—men and women who don’t just say, but live with conviction:
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20)
This sermon was delivered on August 18, 2013.