Sunday, 4 December 2016

'ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THE SAME GOD?'

Rev. Canon George Sinclair
by Rev. Canon George Sinclair                           
 Pastor of the Church of the Messiah, Ottawa, ON.
 www.messiahchurch.ca 

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(Podcast of CFRA broadcast on Sunday, December 4th,  2016:

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‘Are We Talking About The Same God?’


This is an abbreviated version of a longer sermon that I gave at Church of the Messiah. The sermon is part of a series where I will preach through all of 2 Corinthians over 19 Sundays. The series is called, "Jars Of Clay: Being Human In Christ."



The Light of the Gospel
4 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God,[a] we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice[b] cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants[c] for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Footnotes:
a.      2 Corinthians 4:1 Greek having this ministry as we have received mercy
b.      2 Corinthians 4:2 Greek to walk in
c.       2 Corinthians 4:5 Or slaves (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
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Program Notes: 

1. There can be justice without mercy. There can be no mercy without justice.
2. We think that justice is our greatest need, but God in His mercy knows that mercy is our greatest need.
3. The god of this age wants people to die. The God who is revealed by the Bible, dies for people.
4. We share the Gospel with people who are veiled and blind.
5. We are to share the Gospel, but only God can illuminate the human heart.

For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Rev. Canon George Sinclair
Church of the Messiah
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Sunday, 27 November 2016

'AM I LIVING LIFE WEARING BLINDFOLDS?'

Rev. Canon George Sinclair
by Rev. Canon George Sinclair                           
 Pastor of the Church of the Messiah, Ottawa, ON.
 www.messiahchurch.ca 

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(Podcast of CFRA broadcast on Sunday, November 27th,  2016)

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Broadcast Notes:



   A shout out this morning to Bethel McClelland whose generous donation allowed this show to go on!


Am I Living Life Wearing Blindfolds?


This is an abbreviated version of a longer sermon that I gave at Church of the Messiah. The sermon is part of a series where I will preach through all of 2 Corinthians over 19 Sundays. The series is called, "Jars Of Clay: Being Human In Christ."




Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.
12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one[a] turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord[b] is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,[c] are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.[d] For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Footnotes:
1.       2 Corinthians 3:16 Greek he
2.      2 Corinthians 3:17 Or this Lord
3.      2 Corinthians 3:18 Or reflecting the glory of the Lord
4.      2 Corinthians 3:18 Greek from glory to glory
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1. If all I have are rules and rituals to follow, I will die a failure.

2. Human beings have multiple blindfolds, but the root blindfold blinds us to our Creator.

2 Corinthians 3:18
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Rev. Canon George Sinclair
Church of the Messiah
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To listen to the above broadcast, click on the following link: