After the service of last Sunday (10.12.17) some people asked for the Power Point slides about the sermon, especially about ‘religion and faith’.
So here is it: The sermon theme was ‘Preparing for the return of the king’ and one of the important points: ‘Discerning religion and faith in our life.’
Religion and Faith
‘I obey, therefore I am accepted.’
‘I am accepted, therefore I obey.’
Motivation is based on fear and insecurity.
Motivation is based on grateful joy.
‘I obey God in order to get things from God.’
‘I obey God – to delight and to resemble Him.’
When circumstances in my life go wrong, I am angry at God or myself.
When circumstances go wrong, I struggle, but I know that God may allow this for my training.
When I am criticized I am furious or devastated because it is essential for me to think of myself as a ‘good person’.
When I am criticized, I struggle, but it is not essential for me to think of myself as a ‘good person’.
My prayer life consists largely of petition and only heats up when I am in need.
My prayer life consists of generous stretches of praise and adoration. My main purpose is fellowship with God.
More to find in: T. Keller ‘Center Church’, p. 65
Pastor Niek Tramper