C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
(Dat zinger at the end doe… So humbled. Preach it, CSLew.)
Found the following sermon notes in a Xanga entry from June 29, 2006 - right after post-freshman year summer retreat - and it indicates that Pastor Bruce Yi (yupp, of RWC) was our speaker. Dang, such blessing sermons that remain so incredibly true to this day:
»Gospel doesn’t teach us to be better people; it teaches us to be new people.
»When the concept of grace keeps getting preached to people, they tend to live very reckless lives. So the Do’s & Don’t’s need to be balanced.
»God tests all of us, but never just to tease us. He does it so that we can grow & mature & understand who Christ is. Tests can also tell us where we stand in our faith.
»When God tests us, He demands obedience which requires our personal best. Are we willing to give up our best friends / significant other / family / academics / etc. for God?
»When we hold onto worldly things, they become our idols. They enslave us.
»If Jesus comes into our lives, transformation is inevitable.
»Freedom means there has to be radical transformation.
»We tend to pray only when we’re desperate.
»Often times when things go wrong, we blame God.
»When God doesn’t answer our prayer(s), we look for 2nd options.
»God separates us from the things we hold dearly in order to encounter us personally.
»God will hurt us to remind us of our physical weakness so that we’d totally depend on Him alone.
»Sometimes God does things we do not understand because He does things step by step & we fail to see the big picture; we want immediate results.
»Who am I? Satan attacks our identities left & right. Know who you are.
»Worship takes place 24/7, because the Holy Spirit resides in our hearts.
»The real battle takes place when we are back at home, back to distractions & worldly things. Are we willing to be fools for Jesus?
»God’s timing is different from our timing, but He does eventually answer our prayers.
»Sometimes we put God in a “little white box” - we limit Him & His powers.
»God has far greater plans than we do.
»Can we remain faithful however hard things may get?
These lessons are timeless.
The Gospel is timeless.
I need You more than ever before.