Sermon by Kenny Foster, Senior Pastor, from Isaiah 60:1-6 & Ephesians 3:1-12
This Sunday is a special day in the life of our church family as we will install Rev. Joshua Suh as our new Associate Pastor. For this service to fall on Epiphany, when we recognize the unveiling of Christ to the nations, is indeed a great opportunity to once again see what God is doing in making known the mystery of Christ. The Scripture reading for Epiphany speaks of the mystery of Christ now being revealed. Paul explains the mystery of Gentiles and Israelites being heirs together, members of one body, and sharers together in the promise of Christ Jesus. Paul is showing us that the mystery of Christ is the unity of the nations in Christ or the end of segregation. You might ask what does this have to do with Joshua Suh’s installation? Precisely this; that we are a church seeking to make plain to everyone the fellowship of this mystery (vs9). We are a local fellowship living out the mystery of Christ with at least 22 nations represented in our church. In a time when ethnic reconciliation still takes a back seat in the church to other issues, we are taking the mystery of Christ to the center of our identity as a people.
This sermon will be a charge to the newly installed Associate Pastor and to the congregation, reminding us that making known the mystery of Christ is our message and motive for living together. It also maintains the eternal purpose of God that he’s accomplished in Christ.
The mystery of Christ is desegregating and is central to the good news of the gospel. And the result of believing in him is that we may approach God with freedom and confidence.