I was almost late for church this morning! A not too early Saturday night, had me waking up with barely enough time to get dressed in time for the 8.am service. Two factors made me not as late as I could have been:

  1. I chose my outfit the night before as opposed to trying to think/look up an outfit on the go
  2. I worshipped in the Anglican church literally 6 minutes away from home and didn’t have to do the uusal 15 minute commute to my family church.

What I wore

This week, I opted for a black skirt with a waisted Peplum by The Lady Maker and  a gorgeous white blouse with structured frills also by The Lady Maker.  Both items are available at Zinkata. Black shoes , A Black Bag and a floral head piece (for colour) and I was off to church in a dash!

Click below for photos and the rest of the message from church today.

The Sermon

The sermon was titled The Ministry of Reconciliation. Here’s a summary of what I gathered from listening to it.

Jesus Christ came to reconcile man with God. Forgiveness is only available through Jesus.He came to bring back the former state of harmony between us and the Lord  which we ruined by our sins and dis-obedience.

2 Cor 5_14-21 says it all:

14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ made reconciliation possible. Jesus Christ died and resurrected and this is our victory! Once we believe and confess Christ as our personal saviour, we are now able to interact once again with the Lord and commune freely with him. Is the price Jesus paid for reconciling us with the Lord in vain? Is it valid in your life? The validity of reconciliation is evident in how we live our lives. To reconcile involves our whole heart.

How do we share the message of reconciliation with the world? By Self Sacrifice , Self giving and total surrender. Listed below are examples of how we can spread/practice the ministry of reconciliation in our daily interactions.

a. Evangelism: Proclaiming the message of Christ

b. Generosity: Giving freely to those in need and living a generous existence

c. Thanksgiving: Constantly giving thanks

d. Hospitality: Being kind and hospitable to people

 

This week may we live our lives intentionally and through our daily interactions, exhibit the validity of Christ’s reconciliation in our lives!

Who’s in??

Have an awesome Sunday and rest of the week all!

 

xxxx

 

Ezinne Chinkata

 

 

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