Engaging God — part 2

  • A couple of observations: Review
    • ENGAGING God is a commitment of the whole self
      • All your heart, all your soul, and all your mind
      • Not a part-time, Wednesday and Sunday endeavor only
    • ENGAGING God is a commitment of selflessness:
      • Loving our neighbors – we will talk more about this in a couple of weeks
      • But for tonight here this: All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. In other words, the Bible can be summarized is ENGAGING God fully, and ENGAGING others fully!
    • ENGAGING God is about relationships
    • ENGAGING God is a matter of priorities

  • Why do you come to church? (this is a tricky question)
    • What is the church? (The people! right?)
  • Well, what sets this place that we met Sunday and Wednesdays, from all other places?
    • What we do
    • The stories we share
    • Our beliefs
  • How do we engage God when we are here?
    • Through the Bible –
    • Through worship /singing
    • Through the Lord’s Supper
    • Through giving—
    • Through service
  • Do you like stories?
    • Your probably like me, and like movies
    • What do movies do? Movies tell a story…
    • Think about the church for a minute, when we are together, what do we do?
      • We share a story – what is this story that we engage week after week?
      • (the story of God – God coming to rescue humanity, restore  us, make us new, and put the world to rights)
        • The center piece of the this unfolding drama is Jesus
          • His incarnation. Crucifixion and his resurrection
      • Everything we do Sunday morning is to point us toward the story
        • We are called to remember
        • Listen, over and over again throughout Scripture, we are reminded to remember the Grand Story, we are told to remember who we are and to remember our place in that story
  • The church is the body of Christ –1 Cor. 12:12-14
    • We are those who have engaged this story of Jesus, it is our story
      • 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Romans 6:3-4
      • We have become part of the unfolding drama of God’s work in this world
      • The church is not a building, but its people
  • This building that serves to house the church, when she comes together is to a place of hope and healing
    • Luke 19:10, Jesus said that he came to seek and to save the lost
    • What is the goal of Jesus? To find every lost one, then it would mean that after they find Jesus, he wants to them to become part of His church, his body
    • So, the body of Christ is to join this mission of Jesus of looking for the lost, and also taking care of one another
  • Engaging God at this place isn’t just about sitting in the pew
    • Christianity isn’t a religion, it is a relationship
    • Following Jesus is supposed to affect every area of our lives
      • I don’t know about you, but there is more to me than my time here on Sunday and Wednesday
    • What if God is more concerned with who we are on Monday, than if we worshiped in the right manner on Sunday?
      • Because if worship correctly on Sunday and then go treat everyone else in our life like dookie on Monday, our worship doesn’t matter any more
        • We are like the Pharisees who Jesus compared to whitewash tombs, and full of dead men’s bones
    • So, how are you doing on Monday through Saturday?
  • Engaging God at this place, with these people is journey we take together
    • Jesus invites us all to “follow him,” to take up his cross, and die to ourselves – we do this together
    • We need our brothers and sisters in Christ
    • We are family
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About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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