A Word from the Lord with Archbishop Foley Beach

From the Gospel of Luke (15:1-32): Life Lesson on Penitence

September 24, 2017

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Message Summary:

Penitence means to express such remorse and regret for one’s actions and to change these life actions. Penitence is a moment by moment occurrence. Faith guides us to repentance; therefore, we appropriate God’s Grace from the cross through our Penitence.

In Luke 15:1, the Tax Collectors and “sinners” had gathered to hear Jesus speak. The Apostle Matthew was a Tax Collector before he repented his sins and became an Apostle. We are all “sinners”; but each of us, in our own minds, has some level of righteousness or holiness. Also, each of us, in our own minds, has some personal perception of what “sin” is. Therefore, it is easy for us to call someone else a “sinner” based on our personal perception of “sin” – we say to ourselves: “I am sure glad that I don’t live like Joe!”.  We are all sinners; but as followers of Jesus, our sins are forgiven. Like many of those in our churches today, the Church Leaders in Luke 15:2 did not think that it was good for Jesus to be associated with and speak to sinners: “And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, ‘This man receives sinners and eats with them.’”. However, Jesus welcomes sinners into His presence. Are churches today, like Jesus, welcoming sinners; or have churches become “holy huddles”? If churches miss reaching out to those that are lost to Jesus, they are missing their purpose.

In Luke 15:3-32, Jesus shares three parables to illustrate the heart of God: 1) The Parable of the Lost Sheep – one sheep’s loss may mean no profit to the shepherd; therefore each sheep is valuable just as one “sinner” is valuable to God, and efforts must be made, like with the one lost sheep, to recover the “sinner” through their Penitence, which creates joy in heaven; 2) The Parable of the Lost Coin – the women had ten silver coins with each representing great value to her; therefore, the listeners to Jesus understood both the great effort expended to recover the one lost coin and the great joy in its recovery, just as the effort and joy related to the recovery and repentance of just one penitent “sinner”; and 3) The Parable of the Prodigal Son – the youngest son demands all of his inheritance, ahead of schedule, from his father, and then he goes away and squanders the inheritance in “sin”, but when the son awakens to his “sin” he repents and returns to his father, who celebrates, like God, the return of a “sinner” son. The Parable of the Prodigal Son, in Luke 15:32, illustrates the heart of God for Penitent “sinners”: “It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.”.

God is joyful when a “sinner” is Penitent because God has created us to have a personal relationship with Him, but God cannot abide with unrepentant “sinners”. It imperative that church communities not only lead Penitent lives themselves, but the church communities must focus on the recovery of the “lost sheep” (“sinners”). We must commune with God and repent of our own sins just as we become active in our church to lead its focus on bringing joy to God through the recovery of a “lost sheep”.

 

Today’s Affirmation: Today, I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM A CHILD OF GOD. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God -- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. (John 1:12f).

Scripture Reference (ESV): Romans 2:9; Luke 15:1-32; Matthew 28:18-20.

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About Archbishop Foley Beach

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach is the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).

Founded in 2009, the ACNA unites some 112,000 Anglicans in nearly 1,000 congregations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico into a single Church. It is an emerging Province in the global Anglican Communion, and the ACNA has planted nearly 500 churches in the past five years.

Archbishop Beach served as the Rector and Pastor of Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia from its founding in February 2004 until December, 2013. On October 9, 2010, he was consecrated as the first Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South (ADOTS) in the ACNA, and in June 2014, he was elected by his fellow bishops to serve as the Archbishop of the ACNA. Additionally, Dr. Beach is president of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF).

Dr. Beach is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the School of Theology at the University of the South and Georgia State University. He has served in ministry with Young Life, the Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Church. Dr. Beach has been married for more than 30 years, and he and his wife have two grown children and make their home in the Metro-Atlanta area.

Dr. Beach’s passion is to share the Word of God in such a way as to help others discover the incredible and living Jesus. Dr. Beach’s A Word from the Lord radio ministry can be heard each week on radio stations throughout the United States and on the Internet. A Word from Lord’s Weekly Broadcast is a 25-minute Biblical Teaching ministry, and A Word from the Lord’s One-Minute Messages offer a daily challenge from the Scriptures.

Dr. Beach shares years of Biblical and theological study in addition to more than 40 years of ministry experience as he shepherds the ACNA and ADOTS. Reaching out through the church, the radio, weekly email messages, the Internet, and newspaper columns, in clear and concise ways, he brings out the principles of the Word of God so that listeners may apply them in their lives.

His personal favorite scripture is: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV).

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