Pets and Beasts
On Sunday, I preached at The Fellowship. It is a church that I have served for a little over a year as the equipping/teaching pastor. My role is (very) part-time but I love the adventure that we are all on together. In the coming weeks, I will be writing more about what we are doing to better engage our city for God’s mission.
This summer, Matt Surber and I have been leading the church through a short series on “Staight Talk from Proverbs.” It was the last of the series and the title and text of my sermon was “Drink” from Proverbs 5:15-23. I tweeted on Sunday morning:
Preaching today @TheFellowshipcc on Proverbs 5 re: intimacy, the beauty of marital love, & how it displays the gospel.
— Philip Nation (@philipnation) July 8, 2012
In other words, I preached about sex. The passage celebrates marital love and faithfulness. It also warns of the snares offered by the world and the folly that resides in our own minds.
At the end of the message, I repeated a statement that I have said many times. It originally comes from my book Compelled. And it always seems to get a reaction. So, I’ll share it with you as well with the hopes that it helps.
Sin is not a pet to tame but a beast to slay.
Take a few moments and dwell on it. I hope you find yourself seeing sin slain in your life rather than tethered to a leash and dragging about your day.