Robert L. Millet: Knowing Christ: what( whom) we worship.
Spend more time with god and share more of our feelings with him.
N. T Wright-surprised by hope
When we focus on things not of god we become less and less like god. You become like what you worship
Those who worship sex define themselves in terms of it— power… Power etc
(We are not defined by our sexuality and should not dwell on it. If we do we stop resembling god)
Emulation adoration and participation
D&C 93- If all that we could keep was one section this is the one I would keep
First part of John was actually written by John the baptist. We will one day receive that account.
Christ received not the fullness at first but received grace for grace.
We truly come to know christ in the same way
Grace FOR grace. Received grace for the assistance he gave others. Grace is unearned and enabling. Christ didn’t have the fullness of the power but grew grace for grade. He didn’t earn the blessings but the father was constantly endowing him with that power.
He grew from power to power and thus was called the son of god. He was not perfect yet but grew gradually. He is not only god the son but God’s son. Now they are utterly and completely one in every way except their material organization
19 I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship, and know what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time receive of his fulness. (Doctrine and Covenants, Doctrine and Covenants, Section 93)
All these things are told to us so that we can know how to worship. Christ’s pathway to Godhood.
One of the most significant ways to worship god is to emulate Christ and move from one level of development to another. President kimball- we hve paused on some plateaus long enough.
The climb is not a constant vertical climb but a gradual one punctuated by brief periods of rest where we can sit back and be thankful. Then we start to camp out but the spirit pushes us onward. When we ignore it we become unhealthy spiritually. That’s the lords way of urging us onward
Brother of Jared and his colony is chewed out for staying on the beach and not moving. It’s the same with us.
Stephen Covey- the church will teach us principles but it is the role of the holy ghost to teach us specific practices. We need to be open to the spirit to know when we are ready and need to move on and come out of that plateau.
The essence of worship is moving gradually point by point and bit by bit in spirituality as I (Christ) did.
The man that knows the most about the wind is the one that had to stand up against it. Christ knows more about evil than anyone else in humanity.
Don’t have to worry that if we keep giving we will run out. God will supply us as he did Christ.
In talking about who or what god or Christ is it may help to talk abou what they are not.
They are not cosmic errand boys.
Cs lewis- the problem of pain
Some just want a grandfather in heaven- a senile benevolence that wants people to enjoy themselves
They are not at our beck and call. Our request must be made in deep humility.
Focusing too much on the benefits package turns Jesus into that nice god that always meets out spiritual needs. Ken Woodward- I think we all need to be converted but having a personal savior strikes me as a bit eliteist. He is not just a personal savior but the risen crucified lord of all creation who seeks to guide me to the truth.
He is not just a Galilean guru or samarian socrates. Much much more than merely a teacher
Cs Lewis -“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. … You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. … But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” (2011 October General Conference, The Book of Mormon—a Book from God, Sun. Morning Session – Tad R. Callister)
If Christianity is only a bit more of good advice then it is meaningless.
Jesus is not just my elder brother. In the book of Mormon he bears so many names of power and glory. He is our elder brother
June 1998- m Russell Ballard- building bridges of understanding
It may be more difficult to understand Christ as god so sometimes we tend to humanize him. He was our elder brother in the pre mortal life, but in this life we become born again as his sons and daughters in the gospel covenant.
Christ is not just my buddy or homeboy
Gospel irony- we don’t draw closer to Christ by bringing him closer to us. We do it by acknowledging our absolute need for them in everything that we do. We draw closer as we feel appropriate awe for them
1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 ¶Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. (Old Testament, Isaiah, Chapter 6)
Moses taking off his shoes in the mountain.
It is such a mater of importance- In our culture there is a casualness that affects so many things. Dress, speech etc. they bring about a casualness towards God.
God bestows on us the status of friend not us. It’s not one for us to assume
Christ is not just the god of the gaps
Stephen Robinson and Robert Millet met with born again Christian leaders– They said that the difference between us is that we have no concept of grace. You believe in the Christ of the gaps.
It’s nothing like that at all.
By grace we are saved after all we can do… Does not mean we have to do everything we can do and then we get his grace. We can never do ALL we can do.
It’s not talking about chronology or sequence. It means in spite of all we can do we are saved by the grace of God. There just aren’t enough good things we can do to be saved by our works. We can not be saved by that
Aught to breed not futility but humility. Ought to breed men and women that cry out to the lord and ask for his power.
Elder Ballard- bulding bridges- on our own we can not earn the kingdom of god no matter what we do! Works are hollow unless accompanied by a complete dependence on Christ.
Alma 24 lay down spirit of rebellion
10 And I also thank my God, yea, my great God, that he hath granted unto us that we might repent of these things, and also that he hath forgiven us of those our many sins and murders which we have committed, and taken away the guilt from our hearts, through the merits of his Son.
11 And now behold, my brethren, since it has been all that we could do (as we were the most lost of all mankind) to repent of all our sins and the many murders which we have committed, and to get God to take them away from our hearts, for it was all we could do to repent sufficiently before God that he would take away our stain— (Book of Mormon, Alma, Chapter 24)
15 Oh, how merciful is our God! And now behold, since it has been as much as we could do to get our stains taken away from us, and our swords are made bright, let us hide them away that they may be kept bright, as a testimony to our God at the last day, or at the day that we shall be brought to stand before him to be judged, that we have not stained our swords in the blood of our brethren since he imparted his word unto us and has made us clean thereby. (Book of Mormon, Alma, Chapter 24)
It was all or as much as we could do to gain repentance. Sense in which all we can do, as songs and daughters of god living in a fallen world, is repent.
Student who came to him and said- I haven’t had to repent in months.
Life is repentance, progress and refinement are repentance etc
Above and beyond all I can do it will NEVER be enough without the atonement of Christ
If there had been no atonement nothing we could do could ever make up for that loss.
Simon Peter had been with Christ through all numbers of miracles. Heard the very voice of the father. After the resurrection he got to personally meet the savior. He was thrilled but confused. He didn’t really understand even then. They returned to their boats and nets. Still had not fully dawned in them. We’ve heard scores of sermons on this story, but have we asked this to ourselves
Do you love me more than ____
More concerned to Christ esteem then self esteem etc
Purpose driven life- god may turn to us and ask us. What have we done with my son
I hope we can say. We have gloried in his name. Surrendered ourselves to him and worshiped thee in the fullness of your Godhood.