A Note From Josh – Center Newsletter, January 2018

You do not have to be the same person you were in 2017. You can change. For instance; this year I made a resolution to eat more salad. Okay, that is kind of a joke. But to be more thoughtful, consider the gospel. One of the most provocative claims of the gospel is the promise for transformation. Two Christian doctrines that capture this truth are the doctrines of sanctification and justification. Sanctification is based on the Latin word sanctus, which means holy, this term has been used traditionally to describe the process in which new life is imparted to the believer by the Holy Spirit, and he is released from the compulsive power of sin and guilt and is enabled to love God and to serve his neighbor. Justification comes from the Latin justificatio, and was used by Paul in his N.T. letters to signify that act by which God brings man back into proper relationship with him. Both of these doctrines capture God’s agency and empower creation to become more of who God has made us to be. God has done everything necessary for us to be faithful. We have everything we need to be the people God is calling us to be. You do not have to be the same person this year as you were last year. By the power of God in Jesus, our Christ, you can change. Have you made a resolution yet? If so, share that with me. I’d love to hear about how you intend to change in 2018. If some of this is confusing, simply put, I guess you could say, new year, new you 🙂 Amen? Amen.

Leave a Comment

*

© 2018 First Presbyterian Church | 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37220 | (615) 383-1815
Website By Poka Yoke Design