As we wrap up the Surplus series, we take a look at the beautiful song of David in Psalm 18. Its language and imagery speaks directly to the truth that we have been chasing: God’s gracious and condescending humility in the cross of Jesus is our victory. Born out of rescue, the words of this Psalm are the perfect concluding reminder of our great God.
Jealousy is not only for fickle fifth-graders. It colored the relationship of Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, Rachel and Leah, Buzz and Woody and many of ours. Jealousy is a passionate rivalry, and for most of us the shocking truth is that this rivalry is directed at God. But Grace provides a way out by inviting us to celebrate with others as a pathway to Dying to Self. As followers of Christ, we already have been crucified with Him.
Many of us struggle with the effects of anger. It destroys our health, our family, our relationships, our attitude and our testimony. But God’s grace has a way out. We truly live in an abundant surplus of grace, and it is far greater than anger’s hold on our lives.
Truth be told, much of the destruction that we have caused in our lives is the direct result of pride. Our struggle with pride, perhaps the root of most of the other sin in our life, is persistent and deadly. But God has provided a way out. His grace longs to move in and liberate us from the tyranny of pride. True, Christ-like humility will lead us to a life of sacrifice. This kind of sacrifice, as a servant and student, has the power to kill pride.
Do you struggle with guilt? Does it weigh you down? Do you use guilt as a weapon against others? This is not the life that grace wants you to live. In this sermon, we continue our premise that God’s grace has much more to say in our deepest struggles than we expect. The answer to guilt is actually quite simple…unfortunately, it is very difficult to appropriate. It’s difficult because it is embarrassing, but it is grace’s gift to us. It is our way out of a life ruled by guilt.
In this sermon we jump into the dark parts of our earthly struggle: our ever-present battle with fear. What we learn from Scripture is that slavery to fear is no longer our only option thanks to Jesus. Thanks to grace. Even in the midst of “I don’t know” we can cause our fears to retreat through worship of the God who knows all things.
This is the first sermon in a new series entitled Surplus. It is a biblical study of the unexpected and continuing effects of God’s great grace in our lives. The truth that most of us fail to live in is this: God’s grace has much to say about the areas of our deepest need and struggle. In this first sermon we come to the conclusion that grace is not a one-use gift, meant to save us from sin and then set on a shelf. Grace is much more. It abundantly overflows in our lives… and living out of that overflow in the goal of Surplus.