Dancing with the One who Brought You – a sermon by Tim Melton

Colossians 2:6-8 – A sermon preached by Tim Melton, September 25, 2011, at Willow Creek PCA Church, Wintersprings, Florida

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In this sermon, I emphasized the importance of Gospel Centrality, describing our life in Christ as a continual “circle dance” around the cross.  In his book, “Engaging God’s World”, Cornelius Plantinga describes the life of the Trinity this way,  “Self-giving love is the dynamic currency of the trinitarian life of God. The persons within God exalt each other, commune with each other, defer to one another.  Each person, so to speak, makes room for the other two.  I know it sounds a little strange, but we might almost say that the persons within God show each other divine hospitality…Each divine person harbors the others at the center of his being.  In constant movements of overture and acceptance, each person envelops and encircles the others…. God’s interior life [therefore] overflows with regard for others.”  (Cornelius Plantinga Jr., Engaging God’s World, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002, p. 20.)

Pastor and author Tim Keller says that Christ’s completed work on the Cross is an invitation to believers to join in this otherly oriented, loving, self-less, Gospel dance.  He says, “If from all eternity, without end and without beginning, ultimate reality is a community of persons knowing and loving one another, then ultimate reality is about love relationships.  Why did God create us?  There’s only one answer.  He must have created us not to get joy but to give it.  He must have created us to invite us into the dance, to say: If you glorify me, if you center your entire life on me, if you find me beautiful for who I am in myself, then you will step into the dance, which is what you are made for…You are made to center everything in your life on me, to think of everything in terms of your relationship to me.  To serve me unconditionally. That’s where you’ll find your joy.  That’s what the dance is about.” (Tim Keller, King’s Cross, “Entering the Dance” p. 7.)