Sermon Text: 1 Peter 2:9-12
Scriptures Referenced: Deuteronomy 6:6-8, Exodus 19:5-6
New City Catechism: Question #33 | Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else? No, they should not, as everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ. To seek salvation through good works is a denial that Christ is the only Redeemer and Savior.
“Now let's imagine Pluto is one mile from the sun. In your driveway, draw a circle 15 inches across. That's the sun. Pace off 134 feet and drop a BB. That's Earth. Jupiter would measure a full 1.5 inches across, located some 700 feet away from your driveway and its 15-inch-wide sun. Pluto, of course, would be a full mile away, measuring just two-hundredths of an inch in diameter. Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to our solar system, would be 6,870 miles away.”
Jonathan Schaeffer has calculated that in chess there are 197,742 different ways for the players first two turns to transpire. By the third move, the number of possibilities has risen to 121 million. Within twenty moves, it is more than likely that you are playing a game that has never been played before. Nobody knows exactly how many games of chess potentially exist because, according to Schaeffer, the figure “is so huge that no one will invest the effort to calculate the exact number”.
— Stanly McCrystal, Team of Teams
“I thought that some of the hymns bespoke the true religion of the place. The people didn't really want to be saints of self-deprivation and hatred of the world. They knew that the world would sooner or later deprive them of all it had given them, but still they liked it. What they came together for was to acknowledge, just by coming, their losses and failures and sorrows, their need for comfort, their faith always needing to be greater, their wish (in spite of all words and acts to the contrary) to love one another and to forgive and be forgiven, their need for one another's help and company and divine gifts, their hope (and experience) of love surpassing death, their gratitude.”
― Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow
"All the things which make for the enriching of this present life are sacred gifts of God, but we spoil them by our misuse of them. If we want to know the reason why, it is because we are always entertaining the delusion that we will go on forever in this world. The result is that the very things which ought to be of assistance to us in our pilgrimage through life, become chains which bind us. In order to shake us out of our super the apostle quite rightly calls us back to think about the shortness of this life…The man who thinks of himself as an alien sojourner in the world, uses the things of the world as if they belonged to someone else; in other words, as things which are lent for the day only…the apostle is not advising Christians, here, to get ride of their possessions. All that he asks for is that they do not find them completely engrossing."
—John Calvin, Commentary on 1 Corinthians
“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses . . . in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights."
— Muhammad Ali
The Church Has One Foundation
In Christ Alone
O For A Thousand Tongues to SIng
I Stand Amazed