Swasey’s last sermon

Swasey’s last sermon

Garrett Swasey was the officer that was killed while trying to rescue people at a planned parenthood facility in Colorado Springs. Garrett Swasey was killed saving people at a place he abhorred. He was an elder of a church that believed in the inerrancy of scripture.

Let that sink in.

A man who hated abortion, hated murder, who gave his life to save lives, in a moment of violence being conducted against Planned parenthood didn’t think twice about going in there and saving lives.

Garrett Swasey was a preacher. He was an elder at Hope Chapel in Colorado Springs. garrett Swasey

In his last sermon you can listen to the whole thing here (try to do it without crying), He encourages his congregation to consider Christ, and the Gospel. He seems to be a pretty silly guy and one thing he said in his last sermon was that he never seemed to be quoted on the things that he’d like to be quoted on, but always got quoted on the things he didn’t like. Well, in honor of his heroic effort and his common love of Christ, I’d like to honor the Lord by writing down some memorable quotes from his last sermon. I hope they are a blessing to you as they were to me.

Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers, therefore we must not be ashamed to call each other brothers in Christ. We are not born brothers, but it is something that happened to us after birth.

We are redeemed by Christ despite our betrayal. .

If we were able to be more attentive we would be able to love Christ more and be able to obey him more.

We are part of a family. Your sin affects me and my sin affects you. Exhortation comes with the territory, it’s part of being part of the family of God.

We must accurately consider our fallen state, but it’s easy to be self-absorbed. When we are accurately considering our fallen condition  we very quickly just become focused on that and forget about Christ and forget about the Gospel. Even in an attempt to be more attentive to it! However we’re not the object of our own faith. Christ is!

One of the challenges is that the idea of Immanuel (God with us) becomes common place. I think it’s important for us to renew and refresh in our minds how amazing it is that God walked among us.

We were once enemies of God. To truly grasp this, we need to understand man in his natural state is opposed to God. We like to think they are neutral, no they are not neutral, and it’s important also to understand that God is opposed to man because of sin. So there’s this clash going on between God and man because of sin.

With God we have this mentality we don’t want to change. I like my sin! I enjoy my sin! so in the midst of all of that we decide to change God!

People say, “I’m a halfway decent person!” “God’s going to let everyone into heaven, because he’s so loving and merciful.” This really diminishes the idea of what sin is, and how it impacts our relationship with God and how opposed he is to it.

We tend to want to do our own thing, “rugged individualism” but in spiritual matters we are utterly dependent on Christ, we cannot stand before God on our own merits!

I wrote this post on thecripplegate.com as well so you can finish reading it there…… 

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