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God Is Present and Powerful

Becoming who we are in Christ

This sermon is part of the sermon series Discovering God (part two).See series.

Introduction: Our struggle with sin

We've been trying to renew together our vision of who God really is. Everything good in life flows from the person of God and everything that ails us comes from getting separated from him or from holding wrong ideas about his nature. We've reflected together on the awesome holiness and amazing self-sacrificing spirit of God. To try and get at this, I've likened the distance between his nature and ours to the gap between the most gigantic and beautiful being imaginable and the life of bugs crawling along the ground. Without this awareness of the category-defying transcendence of God's nature, we're very prone to think too pridefully of ourselves and too little of him.

There is, however, a danger in all this that I want to correct. If all we see is how majestic God is, without also seeing how marvelous his work in us is, we run the risk of becoming pretty discouraged. It's a little bit like playing the game of golf. When I first went out on the golf course many years ago, I was terrible, but it didn't particularly bother me. I went out mostly to be with my friends and had no expectation of being any good. Then, as I got more involved, the fact that I was routinely sending dirt clods farther down the fairway than that little white ball really began to discourage me. I began to hate being so bad.

Every year I'd get together with this group of guys from seminary and embarrass myself. One of those guys is so great at golf; he can drive the ball farther with a putter than I can with a driver. I found out he had to have shoulder surgery last week. Is it wrong that I was a wee bit happy about that? Am I going to spend the rest of my life being one of those worm-burner golfers—one of those guys ...

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Dan Meyer is pastor of Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction: Our struggle with sin

I. The false narrative: We are essentially sinners.

II. The true narrative: We are essentially saints.

III. Who you are in Christ