Living as Sojourners

We exist as God’s people, as sojourners on the earth.

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A sermon preached on 1 Peter 2:11-17

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Declared and Becoming

Most of our lives are learning how to become and live, with what we already are in our identity.  Take these simple examples:

  • At the age of 18, a boy is now legally identified as a man. And then for the next few decades, this now identified, man, is learning how to live, act, and talk like a man.
  • When you say, ‘I do’ to your spouse, you are legally declared married. And for the next few decades, you also, are learning how to live like a married couple, act within a covenant, and understand what is the life of a married person.

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Remember the Gospel

The good news of Jesus Christ is not the basics we need to revisit but the core of all that we are and all that we do.

This is a Football

One of the most well-known names in all of NFL history is Vince Lombardi.  He is specifically known for coaching the Packers in the 1960’s to five NFL Championships, including winning Super Bowl I and II.  He was known for his strategy, winning seasons, and for the way he ran his practices.  Vince Lombardi held intense practices during the off-season as recorded in his biography.  In the summer of 1961, Lombardi took his professional football team, the Green Bay Packers, walked onto the field holding a football, as the whole team circled around him to listen. He says this, “Gentlemen, this is a football.”

He took 36 professional football players to the basics and to remind them that nobody graduates from what seems elementary.  They needed to be reminded of what they overlooked.  Lombardi would continue to walk his team through the fundamentals of how to block and tackle.  He even took the playbook and started from page 1!

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Darwin, Adaptation, and the Gospel

But what hasn’t adapted or changed in humanity is the problem – the heart of our problem is the problem of our heart.  

On September 15, 1835 Charles Darwin sailed in the Beagle to the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean.  During this landing, he would discover what is commonly called now, “Darwin’s Finches.”

“He collected several finch species, including the warbler finch, sharp-beaked finch, ground finch, small tree finch, large tree finch, common cactus finch and large ground finch… variation [in beak shape/sizes in particular] helped Darwin arrive at his understanding that the finches…adapted to the islands and specific environments where they live, leading to the theory that species are not fixed and unchanging; instead, they evolve over time from common ancestors” (www.livescience.com).

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