Meditation Monday is where I share my reflections on Sunday’s sermons from my church, Watson Chapel Baptist Church, Pastor Todd Howard.
Currently we are going through 2 Corinthians and Genesis.
2 Corinthians 1:15-2:4
In this passage we find Paul defending why he wasn’t able to visit the Corinthian church. Apparently there were some in the church that were accusing Paul of being “wishy washy” concerning his travel plans. Paul appealed to his past experience with them, basically asking them was I “wishy washy” when I was with you. Then Paul said it was to their benefit that he didn’t visit because he didn’t want to have another painful visit. Meaning that he has already visited them before with correction.
But what really stuck out to me and has been percolating in my heart and mind stems from this verse;
Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith. (2 Cor. 1:24)
Paul is communicating to those at the church in Corinth, you have to own your faith. You can’t live off my (Paul’s) faith. If God has truly saved you, then you have to grow up into maturity. We, Paul, Timothy and Silvanus, are facilitators to help you grow up in your faith.
Paul is speaking to us today. We can’t live off the faith of our church, pastors, parents or grandparents. We have to own the faith ourselves to be included into the community of saints. We have to grow up into maturity, that is our responsibility. God has placed leaders in the church and people in our lives to help facilitate that growth, but that growth has to come from the Spirit of God that is working in you. Let’s grow into maturity together is what Paul is communicating.
In our evening service, yes we still have evening service because that’s how we roll. Anyway, we started our series in Genesis. I am actually pretty excited to go through this, back to the beginnings of it all. Last nights sermon was some what of an introduction to Genesis. Some key points were;
1) The Battle to Discredit Genesis
There is a battle to discredit the Genesis record by those outside the church (evolutionary scientist, naturalist) and those inside the church (liberal scholars). But to discredit Genesis would be calling Jesus, Paul and Peter liars because they record events of Genesis as history.
2) God’s Eternal Power is Clearly Seen (Rom. 1:19ff) So clear that people are without excuse.
3) People Deny God’s Existence Because of Accountability Reasons not Evidentiary Reasons
Last but not least, people deny God as creator not because there is lack of evidence. People deny Him because if there is a God out there that created everything, including me, then I am accountable to Him and must submit to His Lordship. That my friends is the heart of the issue.
Watson Chapel family what are your thoughts?
Those that don’t go to Watson Chapel, what are your reflections on your Pastor’s sermon what do you think of this post, would love to hear from you.