One of the hardest parts about preaching is that there is always something I’m not saying. I can’t preach the full counsel of God in a single sermon (and you sure wouldn’t want me to!). Sermons are sort of like snapshots. They capture truth, but not the whole truth. Take yesterday for example. I preached about the deal that we can make with God. We surrender our lives to him and in return, he gives us forgiveness and eternal life.
While I stand by what I said, I would hate to give anyone the impression that the only way to be saved is by giving up your life to God through a sheer act of your will. If that were the case, it would never happen. The whole deal starts by God choosing us and making us his special possession. It is only after that happens that we can begin surrendering our lives. The real deal always starts with God and his grace, not us.