Rev. Mouris Yousef’s
sermon last Sunday was part two of “I am My Beloved’s!” based on Scripture readings Song of Songs 2:16-17 and 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
This week we conclude our meditations on Song of Songs chapter 2:16, “My beloved is mine and I am His.” The Song of Songs is a book that is full of Christ, presented not only as our God, but also as our Bridegroom, our Beloved! The Song symbolizes in such a beautiful way God’s grace in His love for His covenant people Israel under the Old Covenant, and the Christian church, the Bride of Christ, under the New Covenant, the covenant of grace.
This short verse brings to us a great truth because throughout life humans, believers and non-believers alike, are constantly trying to figure out who they are. For us, followers of Christ, we are only one thing, the “Beloved of God”.
Why is this truth so important to us today?
Because we are not what we do or what we have. We are simply and profoundly God’s children and He fully defines us and loves us. We have to hear this not only with our minds but with our whole hearts.
Last week we covered the first half of the verse, “My beloved is mine.”
This week we’ll focus on the second, “And I am His” which is very much our response to God’s grace and God’s love given to us so abundantly in Jesus Christ. The first half of the verse speaks of our privilege, while the second half speaks of our responsibility. “My beloved is mine” speaks of our true identity in Christ being the “beloved of God”, while “I am His” speaks of how to show forth the fruit of God’s dwelling in us.
Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to “love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.”
And the second is like it, “love your neighbor as yourself.”
So what went wrong? Sin entered our world and our love became misplaced and misdirected. The heart of what the Bible calls “sin” is a misdirected love causing us to love the wrong things. That’s the fundamental human problem. That’s why our first instincts are not to seek God but to hide from Him. As mentioned earlier, while the first half of Songs of Songs 2:16 speaks of our privilege, the second half speaks of our responsibility. It is our response to God’s grace so richly given to us in Jesus. Let me ask you followers of Christ: How do you respond to that great truth that Christ is all yours? Do you give to Jesus what He’s given to you? You and I struggle with ourselves to give Jesus a portion of what He has already given us. I think it’s time for a lot of Christians to buy Jesus a ring and stop dating, so to speak. You see, a lot of Christians want all the benefits of Christ, without having to commit to Christ.
Friends, Jesus has always demanded one’s all in following Him. Some of us have gotten our priorities right. And some of us are still a work in progress. Over the next few weeks we’ll be looking at how the apostle Paul provides a theological framework for what it means to follow Christ totally and the consequential changes it makes in a person’s life. God expects unconditional surrender. Once made, a metamorphosis takes place that changes a person into the real life they seek. I hope this message provided you an ‘ah-ha moment’. God loves you personally.
That action of love demands an action from our side. “My beloved is mine and I am His.”
Next Sunday, August 24th, Rev. John Lore
returns to offer his message while Rev. Yousef is on vacation. All are invited to attend our service at 10:00 am.
The Way youth group meets weekly on Wednesday in the Church, with Bible themed study, activities and games.
Junior youth in 4th through 7th grades meet from 6:30-8:00 pm, while senior youth in 8th grade through one year out of high school meet from 7-9 pm. All youth in the area are invited to participate in the activities.
The summer Men’s Bible Study concludes this Tuesday, August 26 at 6:00 pm.
Entitled “Leadership and the Lukewarm Church”, this study explores the leadership of men in both the church and the family. Open to the community, men (of all ages) are invited to join us.
Our Clothes Closet
will next be open Tuesday, September 16th, from 6-7 pm, offering serviceable used clothing for children and adults to those in need at no cost. If you, or someone you know, has need for these items, please come visit us at the church on that date. However, if you need assistance before then, please call the church.