“We are now in a position to emphasize. . .”

It’s week 41 of E. Stanley Jones’ devotional The Word Became Flesh.  For 280 days, 280 pages, Jones has been criticizing preachers who reduce the words of Christ to a moral philosophy.  Jones calls this tendency “the Word become word.”

“I see the point of my failure.  I screw myself up mentally to believe when I should be letting go and trusting and appropriating.”

Re-framing the Gospel so that it is more mentally palatable is not the goal of preaching.

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“You do everything, but only after you have accepted what God has done.”

So for Jones, first a person accepts Christ’s offer of the fullness of life, then Christ makes his power available to that person, and that power enables the person to lead a moral life.

“Not my responsibility, but my response to His ability.”

This is faith as a trust response.  It is a personal experience that inspires a way of behaving in community.

“I shall be in a state of Yesness to Him.”

The sermon is an opportunity to share the story of what happened to you when you said Yes.