*February 26, 2021
“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Mark 8:27-38
Dear friends and members of St. Paul’s,
The above words from Jesus sound quite strange, especially to the unbeliever. How does one lose one’s life and yet gain everything? This weekend in the sermon I’m going to touch on the importance of covenants in God’s plan of salvation. A covenant is a promise that God makes which he connects himself to his people. As this connection is made through the merits of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, other connections which the world thinks are of utmost importance suddenly fall to the side. In Philippians 3 the apostle Paul writes “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” Losing to win is not the usual way things are done, but then again having Jesus in your life is anything but usual.