Pastor Scott Hansen
I want to start by saying how encouraged I am by all of you. At different times and in different ways you have all helped me personally to abide in Jesus and walk in the obedience of faith. This past Friday was a perfect example of that. It was wonderful to see so many of you caring for international students by providing a Thanksgiving meal. We had a lot of fun, and my kids probably ran a half marathon by the time we were through. The Kims inviting us to serve this meal was an example of what it looks like to stir up one another to love and good works. Now, this isn’t just going to be a pat on the back, but an exhortation to keep going!
Hebrews 10:24 tells us to consider how to stir up one another to love and good works. Sometimes there is a temptation to believe that we would be more faithful and our lives more fruitful if we just found that perfect community full of perfect Christians. Then our lives would look different, we think. But often that is nothing more than absolving ourselves for what we see as inconsistencies in our own faith and deflecting the blame on others. Rather than dream about that idealized community, my exhortation for us all this morning is to consider how we can stir up one another to love and good works here at Redeemer. We have been given this group of believers. This is the context that God has placed you in to live out the “one another” commands. And if you feel that we are lacking in the department of stirring one another up, be the person that is doing it faithfully. What does that look like practically?
It could look like inviting someone to join you in ministering to our community. That may be finding ways to serve the poor and homeless in our community or providing a meal to international students. It could also look like reminding someone to follow through on a good impulse. Maybe a little nudge is all that’s needed to step out of their comfort zone in faith. Whatever it may be, let’s consider how we can stir up the people in this room to love and good works. Good works are the fruit of faith in Jesus Christ who saved us by the sheer grace of God, not because of works done by us in righteousness, which reminds us of our need to confess our sins.