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Sinner and Saint

Sun, Oct 15, 2017
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For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. -- Romans 7:22-23 (ESV) Edwin Star famously asked the question in his 1970 lyric ‘War, what is it good for?’ His conclusion was ‘nothing’. Is that how you think of your Christian life? It’s a war which ain’t good for nothin! Maybe you see that war as one with the combating forces outside of you and with the battlefront all around you. Luther and Paul would agree that there is an ongoing war, but it’s not primarily with the culture or the world outside of us, but rather it's within ourselves. This week we will look at the important theological idea that we are at the same time a sinner and a saint. This idea not only reminds us of our true position with God, but also calls us to continue to struggle with our sin while in that position. Plan to be with us. Also, I want to point you to another interesting resource. One of the movements that happened in the Reformation was one of taking theology to the streets. Instead of it being locked in the church the common man needed to have access to the scriptures and then to put feet to it in everyday life. So when Luther’s barber asked for help in his daily prayer, Luther wrote him a letter. Check out his simple way to pray.
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