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The Rev. Doug McCurry: “Hold Fast the Hope of Everlasting Life”

January 10, 2013

A friend of mine recently passed on to me the sermon Hold Fast the Hope of Everlasting Life by the Rev. Doug McCurry of Legacy Anglican Church in Montgomery, Alabama.  He states in this sermon: “With our rapidly changing culture one might wonder how Christians should respond. May I suggest four things to consider?”  The four things he gives for us to consider are all applicable to any church striving to follow Christ in this day and age, and the first of them is:

First, on our own we are not anymore righteous than the world is, save the righteousness that comes from Jesus Christ.

In Romans we read, “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12) “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (verse 23).

A self-righteous attitude will not go over very well with those in the world. Instead we acknowledge that “there but for the grace of God go I.” In other words, without God’s divine mercy I, too, might suffer the same.

Acknowledging that we as Christians aren’t better people, but we are people who have received forgiveness, mercy and grace helps our overall attitude in reaching out to the lost. The Ladies of Legacy who volunteer to feed the hungry at the Friendship Mission certainly know the value of serving the least of these in our society.

Christians are to be a blessing to those around them. Churches are to bless the communities in which they minister. A humble, caring and loving attitude towards others is what Jesus emulated for his followers. An attitude such as this will go a long way in earning the right to share the gospel with those outside the Church, which is the Great Commission for all of Christ’s followers (Matthew 28:16-20).

The rest of his suggestions for us to consider are well worth reading.

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