Sermon Transcript

True Blessings #1 – Election (Ephesians 1:3-6)

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I’m not very active on social media, but I found this article to be quite interesting from The New York Times. It’s actually a few years old. It’s called, they feel blessed and it’s a discussion of just how common a #blessed is found on places like Twitter and other social media outlets. All sorts of famous people use this phrase, athletes, actresses, some of them religious, many of them not religious. All of them using the phrase and the article actually argues that more often than not, when people post a picture of themselves living the good life with #blessed, they’re basically bragging for the rest of us to notice. I checked currently on Instagram, there’s over 116 million posts with this hashtag subcategories. There’s over 1.5 million hashtag blessed life and almost one million blessed with the best. Everyone wants good things in life. Everyone wants to be blessed, and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with this. The problem often is this desire is misplaced. We have a misconception of what a blessed life truly is, and so we’re looking in all the wrong places for it. For the next three Sundays, we’re going to talk about true blessings. We’re going to see the good news that in Jesus there are more blessings than we could ever imagine and we’re also going to hear this important reminder that true blessings are very different than the kind of blessings this world is often seeking after.