Wednesday, April 13, 2011

John Piper on Authenticity

This Sunday at Church in the Oaks we continue the series on Living in Community that interim Pastor Owen Black started.

Jude, Rich and I have each had an opportunity to preach in this series, and this coming Sunday I preach again, and the topic given to me is "Authenticity".

This is another broad topic, and I sought help on how to approach the subject through the lens of the cross. Who better to help me with that, then John Piper?

I really enjoyed this quote speaking of Romans 14:

"Verse 9 tells us what that divine purpose is: "For to this end (for this purpose) Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and the living." God's purpose in sending Christ to die for our sins and rise again was to purchase us out of slavery to the lordship of sin and bring us over as servants under the lordship of Christ (1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23; 1 Peter 1:18). We are called to be servants of Christ, and there will be no abiding sense of authenticity as long as we strive against this submission and allegiance. We were made to bow before the Son of God and to live for his honor. Until we do, we will feel adrift in the universe and be plagued by a deep sense of inauthenticity."

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