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Saints and Sinners

February 14th, 2013 Posted in sermons

The 12 men that Jesus called were a rough-cut crew. But these are men we call saints today.

Over time, we have venerated them. Forever enshrined in stained glass, they are like superheroes from the Bible—no flaws, shortcomings, imperfections; they are the spiritual elite.

And how could they not be? These saints spent three concentrated years walking and talking with, and following Jesus.

But what exactly is a saint?

A little girl was asked in her Sunday school class what a saint was. Thinking of those stained glass pictures, she said, “They are the people the light shines through.”
Is that not what all of us are called to be? We are to “let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works . . .”

So, what is a saint? A saint is a true believer.

That means that if you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ, you are a saint. . . and so am I! “Saint Greg” What do you think?

But who exactly were these saints? These apostles that Jesus called? These men who changed the world? The more we get to know these men, the more human we see they are.

Sometimes we think of them as one-dimensional characters, perched on pedestals. But any honest look at their stories in the pages of Scripture would reveal otherwise.

They weren’t scholars. They weren’t religious sages. The fact of the matter is, they were quite ordinary. They were hopelessly human, remarkably unremarkable. But they were available and obedient to the Master’s call.

This is just one of the reasons that I know that the Bible is the Word of God! It is a completely honest book. It gives us our heroes “warts and all,” and I for one appreciate that.

That does not discourage me, but quite the opposite. It gives me hope as a flawed person.
Despite our flaws, God can use you and me. I hope that encourages you today.

3 Responses to “Saints and Sinners”

  1. Jonathan says:

    Pastor Greg, you yourself has been a great encouragement not only for me but to our whole church here in the Philippines! I get to study your free harvest resources and use them for the glory of God in our ministry here at home. I’m still a student now, seemingly small and vulnerable, but I am very blessed and amazed at how God used me to be an instrument of His grace to a lot of people, your ministry and your life encouraged me to stand up and serve God. God bless you Pastor Greg! To God be all the glory! :)

  2. Mutumba Emma says:

    It’s really encouraging.This us my first time to read your blog, i’ve always been listening to you on radio ABC in Kampala Uganda.Your preaching Pastor Greg has encouraged me through hard times. keep up the good work.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this encouragement.

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