Inspired By: Pastor Adam Senett (Downtown Cornerstone Church- Seattle, WA)
Written By Ryan Walters
Hey guys. I’d thought that prior to writing and posting my next blog on what’s been happening out here, I could change up the usual flow by providing some insight to the ‘biblical training sessions’ we get to sit in on every Monday morning. Our spiritual intellectualism and theology are deepening heavily through these seminars of teaching and reflecting delivered by a diverse group of pastors and preachers. Enjoy!
“What God says about us is the MOST IMPORTANT thing that can be said about us.”
-Pastor Adam Senett
Thirty or so individuals from east coast to west coast, from late teens to mid-twenties, turn their responsiveness and concentration on a “not so much routinely Monday-blues” kinda’ morning in their new residence lying upon Capitol Hill of Seattle; a four floor home filled with warmth and adventure that they’ve slowly been assimilating to in the past month after entering a year-long urban missions institute affiliated with Seattle’s own Union Gospel Mission. The reason behind this particular post-sunrise wake-up call gathering not being a ‘Monday blues’ morning is simply because it initiates with an hour long or so much-anticipated biblical training to begin another week; this one based out of passages of the New Testament including 1 John, Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15 to name a few. Speaker & Pastor Adam Senett from DCC [Downtown Cornerstone Church] arrives at “the mansion” to fulfill one of the three components of Serve Seattle’s program: biblical discipleship. He enters the second floor chapel with a God-given appetite and thirst to teach this alert, engaged group on Gospel Identity & He plans to do so with a voice of reverence and boldness that echoes throughout the sanctuary.
Pastor Adam inaugurates his preaching with a diagram. Using dry-erase markers & cliché stick figure illustrations, he exemplifies that we as believers are distanced further from Christ by believing we’re sanctified by works. “We turn the Gospel into a religion of ritual”, he says in a convicting manner. “The more you follow Christ, the more you realize how jacked up you are and that He is more holy than you previously thought.” There is a breath of fresh air dispelled by the relatively small crowd when they hear the following statement: “Jesus isn’t on the other side of the pile of your sin; He’s right next to you to get through it with you…This is the essence of sanctification.”
Pastor Adam now shifts his dialogue to one that hits on a significant reminder for every Christian: You’re already in relationship with Jesus [1 John 4:19]. No matter what it is you do or say, you can’t change the fact you’ve already been chosen and loved (It is so dangerous to reverse that order). Out of Mr. Senett’s mouth exits the words, “Jesus’ death and resurrection are not dependent on how we feel about it”. The Pastor flees this discussion for a moment to deliver a jaw-dropping analogy. He notes that Christians are sometimes they who fly across the country & remain in their past time zone. They depart their flights at 6pm and don’t change their clocks to 9 when they arrive. They’re stuck, let alone jet-lagged. They’re quite a bit behind on recognizing their true identity and who it ultimately lies in.
At a strikingly high six foot something, Pastor Adam highlights the current identity distortions given to us by western civilization and it’s blinded culture before he supplies hundreds of Bible verses written by none other than the Apostle Paul (who spends the first half of his Biblical letters to discuss who we are in Christ & uses the phrase “found in Christ” approx. 160x) defining identity in the one source of truth Christ followers use to measure any material against. “I am what I do. I am what’s been done to me. I am my relationships”.
But what about our Gospel Identity? What’s that say? Simple. We didn’t choose God, He chose us and according to Romans 8, because of the cross we have no outstanding charges held against us. The Pastor returns to the board to draw a Fact-Faith-Feeling train (‘feeling’ being the caboose). He advises the group of attentive listeners to “rebuke the caboose when it tells you lies”. We must believe by faith the fact that God created us in His image & we were created with a purpose to reflect the lifestyle of God’s one and only Son, Jesus Christ.
Pastor Adam states,
“your relationship with the Lord will never really take off until you believe the truths of who you are.”
The powerful preacher ends with this: “Unknown By The Public; Known, In Fact, WELL-Known To Him.”
Ryan Walters. ‘98.6 Too Cold’ Founder, Blogger
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