On Sunday we sang the song "Who You Say I Am" together. I pointed out the lyric in the bridge that says, "You are for me not against me."
That lyric is taken from Romans 8, and is one of the most precious truths in the whole Bible. But I also pointed out that before Christ, without Christ, we can't sing that lyric. Without Christ, God is actually against us; He is not for us. Without Christ, all power and omniscience of God was aimed at my punishment for my sins. Romans 6:23 says this, "The wages of sin is death." I deserve death for my sin.
But, I also pointed out that so many of us at Brook Hills have this wonderful testimony. Instead of receiving what we earned, we received grace from God. Praise God!
Before we sang the next song "O Praise The Name", we took a moment to quietly read and reflect on Romans 5:6-8.
I encouraged everyone to praise God for His kindness and grace towards us in Christ.
Romans 5:6-8 (CSB)
"For while we were still helpless, at the right time,
Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die
for a just person — though for a good person perhaps
someone might even dare to die. But God proves his own
love for us in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us."