Ethical Issues Do Matter
Beginning at the end of June, and continuing on through the first couple of weeks of September our sermon series will focus on ethical issues that we are confronted with day by day as we try to live out our Christian lives in this world. If you read the book of Ecclesiastes you get a sense of the brokenness of man, and of his longing for purpose. These things go hand in hand. If one has knowledge of brokenness, then he must also acknowledge, by inference that he was made for a purpose. If there is no purpose, there can be no brokenness.
And so, according to Ecclesiastes 12:13, the conclusion of the matter is that we must fear God and keep his commandments. God created us with a purpose, and if we don't fulfill that purpose, we are broken. Proper obedience to God keeps us in line with his purpose for us and this is what will heal all brokenness. But, what we hope to learn as we look at ethical issues is that simply obeying commands alone is not enough. It is the spirit in which we obey God, a spirit of awe and amazement and wonder at his love, mercy and holiness, that is so essential. It is doing what is right because we stand amazed at his Gospel of grace, and obeying him because we are in awe of the wisdom of his commands.