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Marks of the Church (2): Holy (2017-0917)

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16-17
Sept 2017, Christ Mountain Top
Call
to Worship, Psalm 130, p 848
Children,
1 John 1.5-10
Message,
John 17.1-26, Romans 5.1-11
Creed,
Nicene # 880 (after Scripture, prior to message)
Mission
Moment: Angela McNally, shoes
Children:
Asking
for and receiving God’s forgiveness
Message:
Nicene
Creed
      4 marks of the church
1.    
ONE, Unity … in freedom (Moltmann)
2.    
HOLY
                  … the church
                  … the communion of saints
(individuals) – Apostle’s C.
Ro
5.1-11
      Justification of the ungodly
      Boasting in our suffering
“in
the truth; your word”
      John’s gospel: “in the beginning was the
Word” (1.1)
            “I am the way, and the truth, and
the life” (14.6)
      On the personal side,
            this word is the gospel word of
pardon (justify)
                  “faithful and just to forgive
us” (1Jn 1.9)
            not about us being “right” because
we know THE truth
                  about us being righteous
(justify) and holy (sanctify)
      On the global side,
            this word is the gospel word to
which we are consecrated –
            as what Paul calls “ministers of
reconciliation” (2Co 5)
            as Jesus declares here,
“exactly
as you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world” (Bruner
trans 17.18, 1003)
      Sanctified not for our own sake but for
the world

Holiness,
part for the whole, “for their sake”
Romans
11:16
 If the part of the
dough offered as first fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; and if the
root is holy, then the branches also are holy.
“for
them I sanctify myself”
      Not about Jesus being sinless
      About Jesus being the sacrifice (Bruner,
1004)
            “Lamb of God who carries away the
sin…” (1.29)
            “bread that I will give for the life
of the world is my flesh”
                  (6.51)
      Jesus’ holiness is our holiness – because
he dies
      If Jesus sanctifies himself for our sakes
            And he sends us as he was sent
            What does that mean about our life
in the world?
      Moltmann, “Holiness in poverty”
            An embrace of poverty and suffering
            As a “protest against poverty”
            “As
the sanctified, they therefore sanctify the world”, 354
Holiness
exchange
2
Corinthians 5:21
 For our sake he made
him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness
of God.
2
Corinthians 8:9
 For you know the
generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your
sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.
Running for Joe
on the soccer team
      Did I sanctify the team?
      Did Joe’s hospitality?
Abraham interceding
for Sodom & Gomorrah – change lightbulb?
      How many disciples of Jesus are necessary
to consecrate your workplace?
      School? World?
Genesis
18:26
 “If I find at
Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will forgive the whole place for their
sake.”
Genesis
18:32
  “Oh do not let
the Lord be angry if I speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there.”
He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.”
Resource:
Moltmann,
The Church in the Power of the Spirit

Bruner,
John