Reformation Day Thanksgiving Service

Just got home from the special Ref. day service where Rev. Andrew Davies from Wales, U.K. was the speaker. It was encouraging to see a large turnout from the Churches of Launceston. Here are some of my notes from the evening:

Andrew preached from 1 Timothy Chapter 1 and opened with a retelling of the story of Thomas Bilney and Latimer and how reformation in England began. Here is an interesting youtube video I found on this subject if you are like me and never heard of Bilney:

Anyway, that was just an introduction but it was used to point us to a key verse, 1 Timothy 1 v15,16

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

The apostle Paul corrected much error in the Church in his time, not with a big stick but with a constant reminder of the gospel through all his writings.

When we are confronted with this truth, that Christ Jesus came to die for sinners we can’t get over it: why would God do it?

Why does Paul call himself the chief of sinners? Well, before he was a Christian, Paul hated Jesus and he was actively intent on obliterating the Faith. Paul says of himself, “I was violently arrogant to a very great degree.” He was hostile to the people of God.

Christ (the messiah) Jesus (the man) took the initiative! God also took the initiative when Adam sinned in the garden. It was God seeking Adam.

He came! He became a man. How can this be? Well how could God make the universe out of nothing?

Jesus was without sin but alongside sinners. Christ Jesus was ‘incarnate,’ what an astonishing thing! God became man.

The heart of the gospel is that Christ came to die for sinners. Christ came to save them. We all suffer from sin.

There is a difference in believing God and believing in God. Believe God’s word – this is faith.

Share the glad tidings with those outside.

Andrew closed with this quote, I think it was some famous theologians last words:

“All my theology is reduced to the narrow compass, ‘Christ Jesus came to save sinners.”

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