A Hill To Die On

A Hill To Die On, exploring freedom at the heart of gospel. The message of Jesus is worth fighting for.

This week, Taina Ramos shares her thoughts and reflections on Sunday's message.

"The gospel does not only offer humility, it offers freedom.” Pastor Rich

Pastor Rich made some amazing points in this sermon, so much truth was spoken that it brought me back to some really hard seasons in my life. Hard but essential for my walk.

Paul understands that encountering Jesus means that you are functioning out of a posture of humility and accountability. While it’s true you can experience God’s presence, power, and transformation in your life alone. It is not meant for you to live on your own, but rather the gospel experiencing and encountering jesus generates relationship with others.
— Pastor Rich

For someone who considered herself almost too independent, this area of the Gospel was a difficult one to grasp. While it's true I’m known to take care of others, I seldom let others take care of me. It was hard for me because humility and accountability meant weakness to me, 2 Corinthians 12:9 was made more  real to me in this season than ever before.“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” I came to a point that I longer longed to be strong in my strength, rather my weakness was a honor, because that’s when Christ was able to shine the brightest through me. My vulnerability created opportunities to have real friendship, real accountability, I was no longer on edge, defensive, controlling. I was free to live the life Christ had died for. One of freedom filled with the Holy Spirit, whole, joyful and confident in the one that created me, flaws and all.

Accountability and humility is evidence to how deeply we’ve understood and experienced this grace that Jesus offers. If we believe and experienced what Jesus offers us then humility is one of the fruits that we bear. Accountability and humility is evidence that our highest concern is this message and the goodness of those who hear it.
— Pastor Rich

As a believer I have a responsibility to live as Christ did. My job is not to judge first, but to love first. Love in a way that I would allow the Holy Spirit to do the work only the Holy Spirit can do. I think Pastor Rich said it best..”Jesus’ sacrifice is what gives me the freedom to live my life as he would, without having to prove myself to either the Christian or the non Christian. The certainty and the authority to live out that life unapologetically has only been granted to me by the Holy Spirit. So I pray that each of you would encounter Jesus in such a way that we would strive to live like him, to love everyone and give of yourself in humility and accountability."