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Scroggins: Hope in God's future work drives faith and practice

Jimmy Scroggins speaks in chapel Oct. 20 during Faith in Practice week. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Jimmy Scroggins speaks in chapel Oct. 20 during Faith in Practice week. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

JACKSON, Tenn.Oct. 20, 2011 – Everyone experiences brokenness because he lives in a fallen world, Jimmy Scroggins told Union University students Oct. 19.

“You can sing the songs about Christ (being a gracious Savior), and yet there is just something about the deep effects of sin that, no matter how much you love Jesus, you just cannot put Humpty Dumpty back together again,” said Scroggins, senior pastor of First Baptist Church West Palm Beach in Florida.

Scroggins spoke in a chapel service in the G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel for Union’s annual Faith in Practice week. The speaker for the special chapel series each year focuses on subjects of discipleship. Scroggins also spoke Oct. 20 and will speak again at 10 a.m. Oct. 21.

Scroggins said the gospel allows people to “recover and pursue God’s design” for their lives. He said the book of Genesis shows what relationships were like before the fall, when man and woman lived in God’s will, while the book of Revelation paints a picture of Christ redeeming Christians from pain and sorrow when he returns to earth.

“When he ... tenderly gathers believers, (Christ will) wipe every tear from our eyes,” Scroggins said. “He will put Humpty Dumpty back together again in a way we cannot explain. The hope in the gospel is that God is not finished. He’s coming back. That’s what needs to drive our faith and our practice.”

Audio from Scroggins’ first address is available at www.uu.edu/audio/detail.cfm?ID=605. His second address is available at www.uu.edu/audio/detail.cfm?ID=606.

By Samantha Adams ('13)

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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