Drinking Deeply

Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 11:44 PM

A Living Hope and a few reflections

Steve Camp has put up another excellent post on a Christian hope. I found it an excellent read.

In other news, today was the first time I had ever heard anyone preach on Romans 9:1-9 and the topic of election. Props to the pastor for taking up a tough passage, though I must confess I was in disagreement with much of what he said, mostly because he tried to hang onto the "but you still have a choice" with the concept of God's election.

::sigh:: And the youth service was terrifying. Very seeker driven. On the pamphlet for fill-in-the-blank notes it looked like this:
Beyond the Yearbook: Making a name for yourself Part 3: The type of change God wants for you

What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life has gone. A new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

**though as a side note, this verse (NLT) was read along with the NIV as more of a commentary. Props on a good usage of the NLT!**

What God wants to do to you...

Jesus replied, "You don't understand now why I am doing it; someday you will." John 13:7

______ you (save)

______ you (use)

______ you (change)

For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13

**Sadly though, a good usage of the NLT as a commentary was restricted to just the first verse**

Playing a Part in God's change process...

1. Be ______ to God's work in your life
(open)
15Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown." Mark 4:15-20 (NIV)

2. Be ______ for God's work in your life (looking)
Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced. Matthew 7:20 (NLT)

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

3. Be ________in God's work in others' lives (active)
12I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you. 13And here is how to measure it--the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends. John 15:12-13
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God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God's generosity can flow through you. 1 Peter 4:10
In all honesty, I was only there for the first half of the message because I as well as the rest of the summer school teachers were doing a presentation for the Korean Ministry, but I left with a rather sad heart. Pray forrevivall, not an emotional one, but one filled with faithful preaching of His Word! Pray for a boldproclamationn of the Gospel. Pray that we would not be ashamed and we would refuse to compromise to the man-centered gospel of seeker sensitive purpose driven church.

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Blogger Frank Martens said...

sad

Is this a church in Alaska?  

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Blogger mxu said...

yes, sadly enough  

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