A “God Thing”

Josh WannerMessage from Pastor

By Pastor Jeffrey Sippy

Sunday, September 8, Jason Hynson, executive director of Victory Mission, spoke at Redeemer. It was not a sermon, but it was excellent. He shared from Ephesians 2:1-10. He shared how Jesus takes away guilt and shame — along with sin. “In Christ, there is no judgement or condemnation.” Romans 8.

Then today Pastor Bartholomew sent me this short article from Dr Dale Meyer, President Of Concordia Seminary and former Lutheran Hour Speaker. He shares an identical promise as Jason Hynson! Read this article, and then listen to the message Jason Hynson spoke! Both are excellent and true! In Christ there is no judgement, guilt, shame, or condemnation!!

From Dr Dale Meyer:
Meyer Minute for September 9

Saturday night I asked Diane, “How about going to church tomorrow at Webster?” Our daughter and family worship at The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens and it had been a while since I was there. So on a whim, we went. It turned out to be what people call a “God thing,” some little decision became a great blessing from Him.

The service began with Pastor Christensen introducing seminarians to the congregation. Seminary students are assigned to local congregations to begin learning and experiencing the work of ministry. Pastor noticed me in the crowd and spoke positively about the congregation’s partnership with the Seminary. Whim decision turning out well.

“Liberated from Shame and Guilt” was the theme of service and sermon. Now I know my attendance really is a “God thing.” Western Christians, Lutherans among them, have been taught to understand relationships with God and others through right and wrong, sin and forgiveness, but shame is a different feeling. Pastor Christensen introduced us to “Dare to Lead” by Dr. Brene Brown. She writes, “Guilt = I did something bad. Shame = I am bad” (128). We all have guilt that comes from sins we’ve committed. We also have shame, not from what we’ve done but from what other sinners have done to us or said about us. The Good News is Jesus has taken all our guilt and shame to the cross. He took it all upon Himself so that we could be set free. “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).

Multiple points in today’s Minute. Getting back to my lead, did God put it in my head to suggest going to Webster Gardens? In hindsight, I think so. Hindsight is the key word. We see God’s workings after the fact. “I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy” (Exodus 33:19). Martin Luther: “God gives no one his
Spirit or grace apart from the external Word which goes before” (
Smalcald Articles III, 8, 3). It wouldn’t have been proper for me to say Saturday night, “God is telling me that we should attend Webster” but hindsight sees that the Word brought grace and mercy. “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord’” (Psalm 122:1).