[Today we have a guest piece by proud First Christian Church member Bobbi Jo Rorhberg. Educated at Central College in Pella, Iowa: Bobbi Jo is a Christian, Mother, teacher, speech coach, Twitter Phenom, and lover of all things political. Bobbi Jo blogs for http://lipstickandpolitics.com/ You can follow her on Twitter @BobbiJor ]
Stress. Nobody needs it, but we all have it.
Disclaimer: Though I am only in my 3rd year Pastoring God has seen fit to have me officiate around 25 funerals.
Dear Reader: What follows is an excerpt from Sunday’s sermon manuscript. Enjoy.
What issue is capturing the beating hearts of young (Young Restless & Reformed, Hipster, Social Justice, you name the tribe) Christians this week?
“The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor” began as two sermons
DTS professor John D. Hannah (not to be confused with animal lover Jack Hanna) has written an honest evaluation of the history of one of the world’s important Seminaries.
One of the treasures in my study is a ragged, dog-eared book entitled “Understanding the Church” which Emmaus Bible College kindly placed in the mail boxes of all it’s students one year.
In a sermon given at Exeter Hall on Dec. 30th, 1860 Charles Spurgeon spoke of what we bring to Christ in relation to our Salvation.
“ As long as a man has anything to boast of, there is no Christ for him; but the moment he has nothing of his own, Christ is his. Whilst thou art anything, Christ is nothing to thee; but when thou art nothing, Christ is everything. All the warrant that a sinner needs in coming to Christ is to know that he is a sinner. For “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” Do I know myself to be a sinner? Then he came to save me; and there I rest and there I trust.“
May we all remember that we bring nothing to the Cross, yet gain eternity there.
(Spurgeon’s Sermons, Charles Haddon Spurgeon Vol. 7-8, pg.319 )