Pastor Sergio de la Mora Shares 4 Real Benefits of Knowing Christ In Sermon at Saddleback Church

(PHOTO: SCREENSHOT/SADDLEBACK CHURCH) Pastor Sergio de la Mora speaking at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, July 19, 2015.
(PHOTO: SCREENSHOT/SADDLEBACK CHURCH)
Pastor Sergio de la Mora speaking at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, July 19, 2015.

Pastor Sergio de la Mora of the Cornerstone megachurch was a guest speaker at pastor Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in California on Sunday, and he preached the first sermon of a new series, “Best News I’ve Ever Heard,” sharing four real benefits of knowing Christ.

“Serving Jesus Christ is not a boring journey… and there are corresponding benefits to serving God,” the pastor of the multi-campus San Diego-based megachurch told the Saddleback congregation.

We live in a culture that makes Christianity look boring and irrelevant, “but the truth of the matter is that Christianity is what allows us to see the world through not only God’s eyes, but through the eyes of love, compassion and hope for humanity,” said the pastor, a second generation Mexican-American.

He read out Psalms 103:1-5, which states, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

It’s a psalm of proclamation, but it was written at a time when nothing was going well for David, the psalmist who was going through a terrible pain, explained De la Mora, who is president of The Hispanic Mega Church Association.

We forget the benefits of knowing God, especially when we are going through hard times, he said.

There are four real benefits of knowing Christ, all of which are part of the package of being a Christian, he told the congregation.

One, I can believe the best when I see the worst.

This isn’t just positive thinking, “this is a true biblical reality,” the pastor stressed, quoting Mark 9:22-24: “‘If You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, ‘Lord, I believe …'”

Most people are driven by their emotions and feelings, but as Christians, we can see the best in all circumstances, the pastor said. It is God who has given us that right, according to Romans 8:28, he added.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them,” reads the verse.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Anugrah Kumar

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