"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…" -Ephesians 5:1-2
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. " - 1 Corinthians 1:18

Set your affections on things above

Elder Jonathan Cook, our Pastor, made a few brief comments regarding the previous sermon prior to presenting a sermon using Colossians 3:1-17 as his primary text. His supporting texts included 1st John 2:15-16, Luke 10:38-42, 1st Peter 1:18, 2nd Timothy 2:15, 2nd Peter 2:6-7, 2nd Corinthians 5:8, and various other scriptures. Elder Cook first taught that those who are born of the Spirit are called to take up their cross and follow Jesus, not in order to become saved but because they are saved. As is often the case, these scriptures are clearly focused on our temporal salvation and yet many incorrectly teach that they are about gaining our eternal destination. As an example, Elder Cook reflected on the story of Martha and Mary and how Martha was focused on her work, but Mary was focused on worshiping at the feet of Jesus – – she had “ chosen that good part.” Elder Cook cautioned us that our affections can become overly focused on earthly matters (job or profession, our home or lawn, or even our family activities) to the extent that we lose focus on the things that matter most – – “the things above.” Elder Cook encouraged us to always be mindful of the things of God, not in a legalistic way, but because we are the Elect of God and ought to bear the fruit of the Spirit. Such comes as a consequence of seeking the things above as we focus on Him with daily reading and study of the scriptures, frequent prayer throughout the entire day, and then diligently and consistently walking accordingly, in love. He further emphasized that what we were or what we have done in the past does not matter. What Christ has done is what ultimately matters.

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