Sunday, July 24, 2016
Sermon Notes...The Ministry of the Mirror
Transition: God made us in his image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). The simple implication of that statement is that God intends for us to look and live like him.
The template for the creation of man was God's own self, by God's own hand. God looked in the mirror to find the pattern to make people, and found perfection!
Exposition: The function of the mirror is to...
1) Remind us of reality...Genesis 3 (READ HERE)
-We professionally lie to ourselves, but the mirror forces us to face the truth.
-The truth causes us to hide from the one who can restore the image that we've lost.
3) Ready us for the real world...James 1:22-23 22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
-There's an acceptable look for the house, then there's an outside look that's a different kind of acceptable. The problem has been, that some don't care that they bring the house look into the real world.
-What the mirror exposes is a command to correct! ~A Walkerism
3) Recover the hidden image of God...2nd Corinthians 3:18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
-God's word is our mirror, that's sometimes harsh but it's always helpful to our recovery of God's purpose for our lives.
-Sometimes the mirror is our cheerleader (primes), but in most cases it's our coach (pushes).