What God did on my Sabbatical
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: 1 Timothy 1:15–1:17
Pastor Dan shares about his Sabbatical experience
"When I think about those special, sacred moments during Sabbatical... these profound encounters with the Lord, they’re not so much about discovering something new, but rather they're about re-appreciating what I know to be true about Jesus and the glory of His gospel." (Pastor Dan)
1 Timothy 1:15 NIV
15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.
Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus?
Jesus = human name given at birth (personal & intimate)
Christ = divine title bestowed by God meaning “Messiah,” “Anointed or Chosen One” (powerful & infinite)
They mean the same thing and refer to the same person, but the order hints at emphasizing one over the other in that specific context.
So in this passage, when Paul uses "Christ Jesus," he's highlighting Jesus' divine and eternal nature.
When the Apostle Paul calls himself "the worst of sinners," it's technically not true. Other have done far worse than him. Still it's a powerful statement not because it's precise, but because it's personal. Regardless of those around him, he knows that before a holy God he is indeed the worst. That's Paul story. It's Pastor Dan's story. And it can be yours as well. Jesus can save even "the worst" of us when we call upon him because there's no one too far from the reach of His love.
1 Timothy 1:16 NIV
16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.
For Christians, Jesus not only saves us, but He also wants to shine in and through us as living, breathing examples of His grace and mercy so that others will also come to know and follow Jesus. God wants to use our messy, forgiven, and imperfect lives to display His immense patience and incredible love to the world around us.
1 Timothy 1:17 NIV
17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
It's Not About You
After Paul tells his story, he shares these final words of praise to remind himself (and us) that it's not about us and what we've done; no, it's about God and all that He's done for us. The glory is due to Him and Him alone. He gets all the credit for rescuing, redeeming, and renewing us. As a result we should live lives of ceaseless humility and gratitude. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill your heart with a renewed sense of appreciation for Jesus and His amazing grace.
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