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October 22, 2020 6:00 am
Pastor, author and Bible teacher Alan Wright you are accepted, not because of your behaviors which are accepted because of the behavior of Jesus Christ and what you have received by faith through grace is a free and utter gift from God and is not earned even by reading your Bible a lot or by witnessing to others as important as all of that. This excited for you to hear the teaching today. In the series.
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Now let's get started with today's teaching here Alan Wright interesting title that we've given to a hardening of the arteries, not the arteries but the arteries took that from another friend who had given it chapter of his book that title and it really caught my attention about all the tutors that we have in life and talk today.
In this segment about some of the autos that show in religion.
Unfortunately, the two biggest dispensers of shame our families and religions and so forever by this joint is my video maybe or participate in a small group or maybe you're just watching these for your own personal growth.
We welcome you and I special invitation to anyone who has given up on church but had given up on God because maybe you have felt some religious shame in your life and to be addressing all all of that and the answer to the hardening of the arteries, and I wish you could meet my daughter Abigail.
She is growing up fast. But ever since she was a little girl she knew what she wanted and she's always been that way.
She still that way she's decisive she's insistent she lessees knows what she wants and when she was a little girl on. Fortunately, we had to let her get the taste of French fries at too early of an age. I think we fought off with Ben and he is coming along and how we got to Abby just inertia took over and just French fries were being eaten and she liked French fries and and she wanted to eat French fries he'd been happy to just eat French fries and so we have to keep the French fries from her when she was two and three years old. I can't write exactly how old she was, but she didn't have you know a full vocabulary so she's to three years old and were in a restaurant and she said I want French fries and we said no. We can eat grapes right now and and rebar. You know had some want some French fries and so I was going on now. At the same time in her life. Abigail had also learned the famous and beloved children's song Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so and in her ingenious little mind after her third request and no satisfaction. Finally, she just put all this together in an ingenious way and little Abigail said I want French fries right now for the Bible tells me so figured out at the ripe age of two or three years old. She figured out that the Bible was important at our house that if you want to get something, you better use the Bible to get it.
Unfortunately, throughout history people have realized that if there's something holy like Scripture is the word of God that if you want to get people to do something that sometimes you can just use the Bible, however you'd like. The Bible the word of God is the most wonderful supernatural glorious spirit filled writing ever inscribed and I live my life by the honey of the word of God, word of God becomes sweeter to me every day. I love the word of God.
I love the Bible. The Bible is wonderful and the Bible has also been used for almost every sort of diabolical shame. It felt like a strange thing to say. But of course the devil himself tried to use the Bible against Jesus. In other words, just because somebody put some scripture in their quote doesn't mean that they are speaking the gospel to you. I want to say upfront guys that everything that I want to be saying in our meeting together now is is is is honest, it is personal but it is not at all to say that I'm disgusted with and don't like the church of Jesus Christ.
I love church love church been a pastor for 25 years as a youth pastor for two years I've been preaching before that this is what I love being with the people of God. The comments that I have for us in our meeting are not meant to erode your love and confidence in the body of Christ.
I want to elevate that but I want us to see what the church really is called to be who we really are is the body of Christ, and I want to help. Honestly, I want to help the church of Jesus Christ today. Get rid of the shame because people by the droves have voted with their feet and left the church because what they smell didn't smell good snow like shame to them and people will smell that from a mile away. I've been in almost every sort of church have been in. Not every single church but I been a lot of tricks of fact, I grew up in a formal liturgical church and then I was in the account of conservative evangelical more Bible church I went to seminary and pastored for a season in a mainline denominational church. It was very liberal and then I have been in many different charismatic fellowship. So I've experienced something of just about all of the different different kinds of of churches and and I have experienced some of the most wonderful people in every context and I have also experience shame in all contexts. When I was in the formal liturgical church is the church of my childhood. There was a whole lot of liturgy of standing up, sitting down reading from books responsively singing certain songs responsively short sermon on communion all the time and and as a child just be honest with you, and I didn't really know the Lord.
During this time so that that kind of flavors.
My memory of all this, but as a child. I just remember thinking in that really formal church that the pressure was on you is like as a kid I go to church and is like this is the place where we got to where the right close sit more still than I want to sit be more quiet than I want to be and make sure that I don't mess up because somebody might pinch me, correct me know or and so as a child. I just thought this the pressures on I cannot look forward to getting church and look forward to going to church now just say that a good liturgical church can be fantastic. Cannot aspire as to the majesty of God and liturgy and order can be very comforting. I'm not against in any shape or form. Having liturgy. I think you have different preferences with this blessing is the preoccupation can become when doing it right and it can make people feel like that you're not doing it right and so you don't fit in. If people think the church is about doing it right and not messing up, then how are they going to know that what is really about is like being a little child who can come into the arms of his or her father and enjoying the presence of the Lord is Alan Wright will have more teaching moment from today's important series to be accepted perfectly free to be yourself with no fear of injection rolled her eyes. Last no more anxious feeling that she feel like the pressure is always on your life with no paradise before sin came into the world and this relationship is ever since the fall has been camping to the same kind to send out tiny perfect in order to meet to decide, since on a measure at them as well. Right now is pleasing shame and there's only grace of God in Jesus Christ.
We cleaned look for yourself yourself exposes the shame he leads you into a revolution of God's love that heals your cell discover freedom joy as you shall performance-based living.
Shame and fear for good life-changing full-length book from Alan Wright for yourself. The gospel is shared when you get Alan Wright Ministries. This broadcast is only possible because of listener financial support. When you get today. We will send you a special offer.
We are happy to send this to you as I banks from Alan Wright Ministries, seven 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor Alan.like these teaching now you once again is I've had some pretty funny experiences over the years work for a period of time during seminary.
I had the great great privilege of working at First Christian Church in Atlanta, and this is a pretty high church with the liturgy and oh pastor I worked with.
What a wonderful spiritual man of God. It was just as some of the most beautiful people got I've ever met at that church, but my first time preaching in that church is a very young man is a seminarian and I focus so much on the message and I delivered the message and I felt like a mess.
It was great I just hadn't stopped to think it all about what was supposed come next in the service like I finished my message and I just did not set as a my wife still laughs at me about this. I first time of preaching in that grand pulpit. I got to the end and I said amen and I split down the rope around to find the bulletin and realize which book to sing a song and so I stumbled out the words.
Let's all gather together and seeing him number such and such a life later said gather together what would you what you must do) a little closer then we were something that I just didn't know what to say next.
And that was part of would like it will actually do this right. One time First Christian Church the way the service would start with 11 chimes at the 11 o'clock service 11, the organist would chime doom 11 chimes and then they level at that. We were trained at the ninth chime all the pastors we all stand up at the ninth chime in that we cue everybody else to stand up and then we start singing the doxologies.
That's how the service would start with the doxology. Well, one time the pastor was gone and so we were less discipline as of the other pastors and all out in the hallway and try to get her act together and get ready to go in and also incisive limit is in there chiming our organist was seated when he couldn't tell whether the pastor was in there are not as though he'd been chiming the hour and we were just running in an hour had already been chiming the people just went ahead and stood up. Start seeing the doxology without a so that worked out just fine.
So I just realized that for some people that have been in the really formal church that sometimes my knees need to say you know it's not about doing it right. Sometimes it's messy sometimes spirituality is not eloquent and it's okay because the Lord looks on the heart. I was also in the conservative Bible church growing up so priceless to me that we all really came to a personal relationship with Christ. Somebody invited us to his fantastic evangelical church with a great evangelical preacher in that shaped my life is much as anything is ever shape my life. I also got involved in parachurch ministries that really emphasize quiet times with God devotional life. Spiritual disciplines witnessing and really help cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus is very thankful for that. And II was very thankful. Also called to be involved in parachurch ministry and the Bible church that again emphasize the importance of God's word. Emphasize the importance of personal relationship with Jesus emphasize the importance of having quiet devotional times of prayer and Bible study and emphasized evangelism so I was very thankful for.
For the churches, and in those ministries that I was involved in and met some of the most wonderful people and everybody said you know that it was important that you spend time with God, which is absolutely important. He spent time with God. But this is just again through the shame filter. Here's what I began to hear was where is in the formal church. I felt like I got to do it right in the in the more, conservative Bible church I started in the idea that the whole thing is about making sure that I never miss a quiet time you we had accountability with what I would do would say to each other you know in our Bibles, they would say listen, if you been having a quiet times with the Lord every morning and in the first place wasn't really a morning person you know and it always seem like it was more holy to you spend time with the Lord early in the morning and you know like the real saints are up to like 4 AM and I start thinking out dog on it so I'm up so late. I can actually count this as being for tomorrow be more spiritual than the really holy people but anyway would remind each other save and have your quiet time. I remember one time in a Bible study and and and one of the real you with all spiritually mature said I gotta confess I had had a quiet time in a month.
We like you like you just announced the do you know you robbed a bank or something and and I stricken this idea that you know if I am a quiet time in the morning than that they would go well but I didn't have my quiet time, the God probably assumed like this I might get hit by a bus, and course. How silly.
All that is and have come to understand now course, is that yes all the spiritual disciplines are really important reading my Bible. I love the Bible and a love prayer. But it's all about cultivating and being with Jesus and every time over the word of God. It's about being filled with the gospel about being filled with good news, so it's not something that I do is nearly as much as a duty, as I do is is a loving something is just very very natural because if you take this to a shame filter.
It can start becoming like the people that read their Bible a lot and pray a lot and witness a lot in evangelism that these are the really that's what it's all about and you can end up substituting a real relationship with Jesus for all the things that Christians are supposed to do. So if you ever have been in a moralistic or legalistic or behavior oriented church.
Then I need to just say to you, you are accepted, not because of your behaviors but you accepted because of the behavior of Jesus Christ and what you have received by faith through grace is a free and utter gift from God and is not earned even by reading your Bible a lot or by witnessing to others is important is all of that is I had a sense of revelation about this. I heard somebody teach some years ago about the way in which Jesus discipled people because we tend to say to people in the more moralistic settings of Christianity, we tend to say if you will behave all the right ways to leave all the right things that you could really belong.
You know, get your get your get your beliefs down. Get your behaviors down and you can really belong. But if you go back and you look at Jesus's ministry definitely way did it. He just called to himself a tax collector.
Some bumbling fishermen. He called himself some impetuous disciples even called one who would alternately betray him. What he said was calm and be with me, belong with me, be with me and then over time, your beliefs will change as your beliefs change your behaviors will change with Jesus. It was belong, then believe them behave that's instructive to us. I think Alan Wright in today's good news message hardening of the modern sense from the series for yourself. Be yourself in the conference were listening to and pass around will be back in the urine. Just a few moments with our parting the new start today and replace the bookmark accepted perfectly free to be yourself with no fear of injection you are letting last no more anxious feeling that you feel like the pressure is always on right here in my longing for life with no force in the world's relationship notion since the fall has been little ration can't be to send out tiny perfect in order to meet since I met a measure at them as well. Right now the road ahead is pleasing shame and there is only the grace of God in Jesus Christ. We cleaned look for yourself yourself exposes the lower house of soul. He leads you into a revolution of God's love that heals your cell discomfort freedom joy as you shall performance-based living, shame, or fear, for good life-changing full-length book from Alan Wright for yourself. The gospel is shared when you get Alan Wright Ministries. This broadcast is only possible because of listener financial support.
When you get today. We will send you a special offer. We are happy to send this to you as I banks from Alan Wright Ministries, seven 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website past Rowan.org Agnello Pascarella in the studio. I love the play on words, your hardening of the altar, reason, and that in that last line you said about belong, believe, and then it leads to behavior that exactly you know we we are just we default towards what we ought to do and telling people what they ought to do and the it it just doesn't empower us. The law only serves the function of letting us know how much we need Jesus did not matter what code you try to follow, you'll end up breaking it.
And that's true where there's a 10 Commandments, or whether it's your own code that you set up. We don't have the power and so what God does is just give us all the things we ought to be doing instead he came in the person of Jesus did all the things that we ought to have done, said all the things we ought to have said, and the left unsaid the things that we ought to have done said love the words he lived a sinless life on your behalf. And when you accept Christ and his righteousness is merited unto you reckoned unto you, what glorious news that is and that's how you get healed from hardening of the arteries we have in the past. Daniel aired messages on the radio that were from the original series that I preach.
Originally called shame off you, but much more recently we put this into a conference format and just a setting that I love where we have maybe 30 people and that are learning and growing through all these messages about healing from shame and a we just thought this would be fantastic teaching to error on the radio and share with all of our listeners as if you were in the room with us know the group with 30 or so people. What I would say is the most liberating truths I've ever discovered guilt and shame are two words that did typically in the Christian world go hand-in-hand together, but there is a distinction between the two right well will learn a lot about your guilt is a real thing right but commit a crime guilty and I have guilt so were all guilty will we all have sin of all fall short of the glory of God. To say shame off you is not to soften up on sin was not what it means is not to say that grace means that you get salt on sin either as status, as was the solution.
All this and what we're distinguishing between is what some have called true guilt and fault guilt. But shame is something that's not just the same thing as false guilt and is not even the same thing exactly his condemnation, but what we learn is that shame really is a system of thought is a whole stronghold of the house of thoughts a way of looking at life the way you look at your own life is subtle at times and you don't realize it. And then there are others who've been through the deepest and darkest types of trauma, for whom it is a poisonous been taken in very deeply is very toxic, but the conviction of sin is will discover is a good thing.
That's a gift from God is good to know how we can go a better way is good to know how the grace of God can lead us into a better way of living.
So that's the grace of God. Conviction of sin is not something to be ever shy about is not something we should run to this good is from God.
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