Of Course I'm a Christian!
Intro: We have just completed a series on self esteem this
past week and each week I related to you how important I
felt the subject is for our daily lives. We have handled
many different subjects, problems and issues over the past
two years here at Oakdale, but none of them will be as
important as this morning's message. If I had gone to the
doctor this past week and he told me that I wouldn't live
but for 2 more weeks, this message this morning and next
week's message would be the message I would want to share
with you. It is the bottom line of what we are about here
at Oakdale. There is no message that I feel more moved
about in my spirit, no message that I am more motivated
about, no message that will impact your life. This message
has gripped my life and it excites me to be able to share it
with you. It is the life changing, eternal yet ever fresh
and new message of God's grace display not only throughout
all of history, but particularly in the person of Jesus.
When Jesus was teaching on this earth, he tried to make
clear the message of God's love and grace. It seemed at
every turn, though, Jesus was running into a group of
"religious types" who criticized him. In doing so they were
attempting to lay a smoke screen in front of the people, yet
the words of Jesus cut thru the smoke screen to reveal the
powerful truth he had come to reveal.
On one such occassion Jesus gave 3 rapid fire parables that
would grip the heart of the listeners. Jesus said,
"Suppose, you have 100 sheep and you loose one. Isn't it
obvious that you should leave the 99 sheep and go out and do
what ever you can to find the one that was lost? And when
you find that one lost sheep you call your friends together
and you throw a party and say, "hey, lets celebrate! I've
found the one lost sheep." Jesus explains that this is
exactly what happens in heaven, a fantastic celebration,
every time one person on earth w ...
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