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1 Corinthians 15:1-11 “Save A Life” RSUMC 20150405 Easter Sunday

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you–unless you have come to believe in vain. For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them–though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we proclaim and so you have come to believe. [NRSV]

My Task is to Remind You about Jesus

  • Jesus wants a relationship with us, brothers and sisters, join heirs.
  • God has been at work before you knew it or even claim it
  • God’s Good News of Jesus Christ is the footings/foundation of our faith
  • God’s Good News concerning our relationship through Jesus is to be shared
  • God’s Good News is the witness of God’s actions of love and saving grace.

You can believe this Good News to be true in your head and miss the power of the relationship.

  • A marriage certificate is not a marriage. I marriage is covenant shared with God.
  • When I hear folks at a funeral say, “At least I hear him say he had given his heart to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. So I don’t have to worry about his salvation.” I begin to worry about the salvation of the person making that statement.
  • Jesus died and came back to life, raised from the dead, not to hear our words but to claim our heart and relationship.
  • (Cartersville Pickup Truck Funeral: [tragic construction related death, two wives and a girl friend meet at the funeral home for the first time.] “At least we thought he was a church going man based on the bulletin in his bible.”)

Paul’s Caution #1 “if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you–unless you have come to believe in vain. 

I want to show you a simple invitation: a 9 volt battery

Did you know in thsmokealarme National Fire Prevention Association reported last year that 47% of wired smoke alarms are non functioning, and 56% of battery only smoke alarms were non functioning.

Nearly 80% of those had missing or worn out batteries.

On average there are 120,000 deaths related to structural fires. The potential for 96,000 fewer deaths if we knew for sure, that the smoke detectors had working batteries.

When they called people and ask them, do you have a working smoke alarm with a new battery, 74% reported yes

When a random sample went to visit the same homes to check the battery charge level, only 45% had working batteries.

What is the difference between knowing the statistics and actually plugging into the power to have device that saves lives?

-It is the same difference between knowing about Jesus, and being plugged into the power of God’s Spirit, through Jesus.

How many people think the words and say the words, but have dead or missing batteries…

How many people know the stories and see the church, but respond negatively or with apathy, just ignore the news?

If you knew that most homes don’t have a working battery would you be willing to knock on someone’s door to offer them the potentially life saving gift of a 9 volt battery, and if they would allow you to plug it in, you would both know you had doubled the chance that no one in that home would die from a fire.

If you knew that most homes don’t have a working relationship with Jesus Christ, would you be willing to knock on someone’s door or heart, to offer them the TRULY eternal life saving gift of the Risen Lord who died for their sins, and if they would allow you to start a relationship of faith with them, you would both know you had a 100% CERTAINLY that their life would not end, even when their body dies.

Paul’s Main Point: Receive and Renew your understanding of what Jesus did on the cross and LIVE in the power of the resurrection starting NOW.

CHRIST died for a purpose: to take the blame for our broken heart with God. jake_Blues_grace.jpg

  • GOD knows us:
  • we forget,
  • mess up,
  • get in a jam,
  • fall off the wagon,
  • the dog eats our homework,
  • the car breaks down,
  • we loose our job,
  • we forget to study,
  • we miss the deadline,
  • we get distracted
  • and tempted…
  • we sin, big ones and little ones,
  • we drift or run..

God says to all that: I AM not focused on the blame.

  • I give you JESUS, my child’s life to cover all the blame and brokenness.
    • I don’t want to hear the excuses. (I want see the relationship)
  • I want you to see the value of the gift and return to the table.
    • I hope you will respond with appreciation/praise for the sacrifice, I your maker, have given  you.
  • God wants us to see the gift and respond because God loves and claims us first.
  • God’s grace is not an after thought…
    • along through the scriptures we see God continues to make covenants and we continue to break them.
  • God is working with workers who don’t show up to work except on pay day.
  • God exchanges the power of death, not just the death of one person, One died for all.
  • God moves us past the death of this body, for a living relationship, not the life of one person, One lives for all.

This is what Easter message is about.  

  • It’s not just about Jesus,
  • its about God’s eternal love and value for your life and relationship.
  • its about God’s eternal love and value for our lives in relationship together.
  • Remember the gift and passion God exchanges for us
  • Re/Claim and know/grow in the power of God’s life for us.

So it’s important to remember: Where I see Jesus… 

  • I see Jesus in the work and pray of quilts
  • I see Jesus going in a paper lunch bags shared with hungry
  • I see Jesus in the support of small groups and classes caring and challenge growth
  • I see Jesus in preventing death from illness like malaria
  • I see Jesus in the middle of family crisis, when families feel they are at deadened/wall and see no hope, God opens lives, hearts and doors to find a way through the crisis into a new life, new relationships and new visions
  • I see Jesus in the hands of working youth who did more than play at the beach, but opened their hearts to care for families who are hurting.
  • I hear Jesus in your music and singing
  • I hear Jesus in your questions, prayers and testimony
  • I feel Jesus in your compassion and hospitality and generosity
  • I taste Jesus around the table when we gather at his table
  • He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today…. Tell the world, show the world, Jesus Christ lives in you and me. Amen.

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1 Peter 3:13-22 “For Our Sins” 20150222 RSUMC

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Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him. [NRSV]

Suffering: Physical Suffering for a Spiritual Purpose: The Lenten Season

Jesus’ prime example is suffering death on the cross, exchanging his life for our life.

Peter’s instructions DON’T LIST

  • Don’t give up, even when tempted, tested and tired
  • Don’t be afraid, even though there are things, powers and people to fear

DO BE DO BE DO…

  • Do have patience in suffering for Christ
  • Be ready to explain your hope
  • Do so with kindness
  • Keep your conscience clear
  • Don’t give in to what broken world dishes out

ENCOURAGEMENT:

  • Remember Jesus has already suffered for you.
  • Return the example, as a RESPONSE to LOVE not a duty.
  • SUMMARY OF THE GOSPEL 1PT 3:18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit,

CITIZENSHIP: THEREFORE: Live like you are a baptized person..

  • live like your saved
  • live like God’s Spirit is in you…
  • live like Jesus and all power, authority, angels and powers are at your disposal through Christ.

We begin a holy Lenten season of practicing..

We are Baptized, (Claimed, Saved, Empowered and Loved Children of God)  Who we are,

We are encouraged by (Suffering in Faithfulness) what God has done through Jesus

The Lenten Test

  • If you were a extravagantly generous wealthy person: How would you treat other people
  • If you were a passionate lover of God: How would you express your devotion?
  • If you were a radical host and friend: How would you welcome a stranger?
  • If you were risk-taking servant: How far would you go to help someone who is hurting?
  • If you were purposeful and intentional about growing your Spiritual self, What exercises would you do?

If you let yourself off the hook and say none of these are for me, this is the season to pick just one and practice.

Practice trusting Jesus.

Practice telling about our hope in the life Jesus promises.

Practice singing about the Good News that God continues to love us

Practice giving like God’s heart is your heart.

Practice looking at strangers as new best friends

Practice looking at suffering in the world is a place for you to personally plug in and be involved making one-on-one change

Practice your faith OUT LOUD, not just in your mind and not just with your friends and family.

PRACTICE giving power and grace to those who don’t deserve another chance.

LENT

is forty days plus Sundays between this past Wednesday and Easter for us to begin practicing what it means to be Easter people, BECAUSE the truth is we are not there yet.

We begin this journey acknowledging this is a journey

  • it is not easy
  • it is not quick
  • it is not over
  • it is not fair
  • it is vitialy important and
  • it is worth the time and faith to try…

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Ephesians 2:19 “Christian Fellowship” JUMC 20130303

Eph 2.19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, [NRSV]

You were made to belong in God's family

You were made to belong in God’s family

As we study Rick Warren’s, “What on Earth am I here for?” We have looked two of the pieces that help answer this question. First we learned that You and I are are planned and made for God’s Pleasure. We were not made by chance and we were not made for our own design and own reasons. We are the product of God’s reason and pleasure. Today we look at the reality that You and I are created for family. Not just any family, God hopes we will choose to be actively part of God’s own family.

As difficult as it might be for some to imaging, not everyone chooses to be part of God’s family. God wants us all. Some people choose other paths and beliefs and that does not make them God’s family in Christ.

The church is not an organization. It is not an institution. The church is not a club or a location or non-profit entity. The church is the spiritual family of God.

Paul writes in his letter to the church at Ephesis 1.5 that God’s unchanging plan is to bring us into family by adoption through Jesus Christ. God wants us to belong and makes a way for us to come into the family through Christ. John 1.12 reminds us that through Jesus Christ we have the privilege of becoming a child of God.

With belonging to the family come family responsibilities: The number on priority of family responsibility is to learn to love everyone else in the family.

I have heard folks say, “I can love them, but I sure don’t like them.” Most often this is not a true statement. If we mean to say. “I can love them, but their behavior makes it difficult for me to be near them.” It can be a true express of our relationship, but it is not a true definition of love.

Jesus called for his disciples to love one another, just as Jesus loves us. He calls us to do this not to make us happy or at peace, but for a reason beyond our own. Prove that your love one another as my disciples so the world will see the power of love and want to join the family as well.

The Christian life is about learning how to love.

Last week I suggested that Sunday’s are a practice day for living the other six. Today I suggest that we think of our church family as a laboratory where we practice and experiment loving someone other than our selves and those in our personal genetic and marriage families.

Christian Fellowship is our lab work for the world to check out.

If we learn to love those in our church family, it will shape the rest of the world, from now own.

Today we will look at (4) four levels of fellowship:

1. SHARING Together
Sharing together, fellowship of sharing.. starts with sharing
sharing conversation, food, shelter, etc.
met together constantly and shared everything

The disciples spent time and stuff together, “in common.”

fellowship takes time and practice
Iti s a choice that we make: choosing to share time and life with other folks…
SMALL GROUPS ARE ULTIMATELY IMPORTANT
Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, let us encourage one another Hebrews 10.25
No church building for 300 years… all met in small groups in homes.
Open you home, and you let people in your life..

We share Experiences/Events and Sorrows  Rom 12.15 Share your joy and sorrow.
When you gather, each one share something sing, lesson, story, prayer, insight, dessert, no one taking over, and you will all 1 Cor xx..14

2. Fellowship of Belonging together
KOINONIA” being committed to one another as we are to Jesus
Fellowship with each other as equal heir, child, person in Christ
Belonging is the difference in dating and being married, watcher vs agent of change.
You are members of God’s very own family and you BELONG in God’s household with every other Christian.
without a church we are an orphan without a home, no shelter, no home.. without other people you can’t do it.
rom12.5 we who are many belong to each other…
Belonging is not OPTIONAL.
The person who loves God must love other believers
Love your spiritual family
Taking the STEP of COMMITMENT of BELONGER, not just follower

3. Third, level of fellowship is SERVING together.
Deepen love in marriage, friendship, start serving God together, partner for a common purpose.
You love grows deeper when you rely on one another.
Example : Combat Veterans… last a life time.. What happen to keep them so connected? Serving together on a common task comes from no where else.
a. God never meant for us to serve alone.
b. We are partners working together for God 1 Cor for 3.9
c. You get more done
d. rely on each others strengths and over come each others weaknesses
e. If we don’t worry about the credit, more will get done Eph 4.16 each part does its work
4. Finally, FELLOWSHIP OF SUFFERING TOGETHER
Most intimate
When you share a heart ache, and walk along side someone without judgement, you will be closer together.
I makes us more human to share suffering
It is unifying
A community after disaster come together to rebuild
SHARE EACH OTEHR TROUBLE SNAPROBLEMS AND IN THIS WAY YOU OBEY THE LAW OF CHRIST
Love your neighbor as your self.
When you serve you do your part but when you suffer together you share your heart.
Help HANDS-ON someone in pain… learning how to love people who are suffering… GRC
Relationship are more important than accomplishments, achievements, success, money,

Life is about learning to Love

Wasting life if we are loving people in pain
Learning to love God : Worship
Learning to love others : Fellowship
PART of CHRIST BODY
if one suffer, all suffer together… if you have a tooth ache, your whole body knows it.
Be devoted like family member
Family lasts forever…God’s family
1 John 3.16 — We know what real love is,..we ought give up our lives for each other.

Our sacrament today is Holy Communion: Where Jesus invites us into this unique relationship once again.

At this table Jesus meetings with fellowship around a meal

We SHARE A loaf and cup

We BELONG because we are invited

We eat to be equipped to SERVE

We remember and share in the Christ’s SUFFERING with our own sin and pain.

Come Join the Fellowship! With Jesus and all the children of God.

Prayer: I’m making a choice to belong to a church and small group.. Im gong to be a belonged not just a believer…

Teach me the meaning of real love.

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1 Corinthians 12:1-11 “Gifts for Good” JUMC 20130120

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12:1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.
  4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses. [NRSV]

Our Congregation is teaming with talented people.

We have a surplus of gifts… Do you know the some of the favorites?

  • To some we hear the gift of Complaint
  • Some have the gift of Blaming
  • Others have the gifts of Worry
  • And to some the gift of Apathy
  • Still others have the gift of Fair-weather Participation.

Each is given according to the spirit of false faith..

These are not gift of the Holy Spirit! This are not what we are called to be known and witness!

Seriously, we need to look at listen to ourselves and the tools we turn to first when solving a problem or even listening to one another.

The gifts give in the 12th chapter of first Corinthians is not an inclusive list of the ONLY gifts of the spirit. These are samples of how we experience God’s spirit at work through one another.

Various Gifts, Services, and Activities

  • Wisdom,
  • Utterance of Knowledge,
  • Faith,
  • Healing,
  • Miracles,
  • Prophecy,
  • Discernment,
  • Tongues of praise and Tongues of interpretation.

Each is given for the common good

..and may not be enjoyable by the bearer.

This is the test of the purpose of Spiritual Gifts. They are not for us. They are for the community. The community of faith, the extended community or even for the world.

But they are not for our personal benefit alone. This is a very good measure and guide for understanding our spiritual growth and maturity.

All are activated by the Holy Spirit.

The key difference between our talents, skills and experiences and Gifts of the Spirit, is the the power source.

If we have trained and done our best we might become more ready to serve, but the gift is the work of God’s action through us.

Where have all the Spiritual Gifts Gone?

As we look around, we don’t see many healers, we don’t have too many who teach, we don’t hear too many different languages spoken, and we are running short on current miracle stories most Sundays.

It is our tendency to think that Spiritual Gifts are for the Disciples, the Early Church or for some other denomination. United Methodist have been rich in gifts of the spirit but where are they now?

This is the So What part of the passage. Is this text relevant to us now? Are we gifted people?

I would say, We Can Be, We Might Be, and We Most likely Are.

But we would be scared to admit it or let them show if we were.

  • The Gift of Hospitality
  • The Gift of Insight.. seeing what others see
  • The Gift of Grace.. forgiving before we are asked to
  • The Gift of Get-it-done.. Starting and finishing a task without permission
  • The Gift of Trust and Confidence.. Keeping a confidential information confidential
  • The Gift of Giving.. Over a half million dollars in a down economy speaks loudly
  • The Gift of Letting Go and Not Holding a Grudge.. because it makes you too tired to keep up the fight
  • The Gift of Letting Go of Money, Food, Clothes, Time to enable someone else to live, eat, work, or grow
  • The Gift of Cooking.. When others would rather eat.
  • The Gift of Dish washing.. When others are leaving for home.
  • The Gift of Teaching.. When others have their done-that TShirt
  • The Gift of Driving.. To give a ride to someone who is stuck at home
  • The Gift of Leading.. When others would sit back and wait
  • The Gift of Singing.. When some would keep silent
  • The Gift of Trying a New Thing.. When the old, familiar things suit you just fine.
  • The Gift of Bring a friend.. When others stay at home with their friends
  • The Gift of Grace.. When you are able to see with God’s heart and eyes, the world is not winning, not hopeless. The Spirit is Real and with us, still.

These are the gifts, and services and activities that I see and hear and experience…

They are activated by the Holy Spirit, because we are too lazy, selfish and tired to do them on our own.

These are the signs of God at work..

And the Good News is: There are other gifts, through other folks just like you and me. None of them have to be the same, but all together they are the Holy Spirit With us.

Praise the Lord.

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Luke 3.1-5 “Who has the Powerful Word?” JUMC 20121209

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1 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; 6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God. [NRSV]

If we heard this for the first time in our own historical context, it would sound like this: In the end of the second term and reign of President Barack Obama, when Nathan Deal was governor of Georgia and Wayne Phillips was mayor of Jackson, Georgia, and Scott Chewning was Mayor of Flovila, and during the time Bishop Mike Watson lead the North Georgia Conference and Dan Brown as District Superintendent… the word of God came to one of our youth when they were out in the wilderness.

The Word of God is not heard by the political and religious leaders. The inspiration and calling came not to the parents with their wisdom, resources and experience. The Word of God came to junior, who came to be known as the “Baptizer.” (A historical note from Church history: John the Baptizer was not a Southern Baptist as ‘they’ sometimes profess, nor was he a United Methodist.) John was able to hear God’s word when others could not or would not.

The dynamic message from this little noted introduction of John the Baptizer speaks of his spiritual relationship with God. He was INTENTIONAL about his spiritual growth. He left home and was in a spiritual retreat at Camp Wilderness. (Not a Disney World.) He had traveled to the south near Jericho and the Dead Sea to a mountainous region for the specific purpose of being apart from the world to be present with God.

You ever notice that God speaks to Moses while he is alone at work. God calls to Mary when she is not with her family, to Joseph while he was sleeping, Jonah when he is hiding, Seldom is God revealed calling out to send us when we are at church, all dressed up and thinking Godly thoughts and singing praising songs and lifting lofty prayers. (Just a reminder that worship is for what God get’s out of it and not what we get from it, counter intuitive to our experience, but we are not worshiping each other, we come to worship God.)

Finding, hearing and experiencing God often comes when we are away from distractions. Retreat: Stepping back, out of the battle to gain a better position to advance or change our goals. Retreat is not so much running away as it is being INTENTIONAL.  Choosing to be with God, on purpose living,

This fits with John’s message: Repent the Messiah is coming, Get everything straighten up!

What John the Baptizer hears is not anything new. How disappointing.

It would be great if we could go on a spiritual retreat and God tell us how to repair the economy, how to restore our fortunes and stability of our nation. How to feed, clothe and equip the poor to care for themselves, How to transform the captive, the ignorant and the oppressors. OH, God has told us how to do these things: Trust and follow his example. Again, nothing new here.

What is different about John’s example for us is that he not only heard, but he responds with FAITH IN ACTION.

If being a Christian was only a matter using our noodle and thinking correctly about God and the theology of goodness and love and forgiveness and truth and hope and stuff like that.. We would simply need to find a comfortable chair and never leave it. Meditating Night and Day on the God and we’d go straight to the father in less than a month.

But God calls us to be living body, in the world.

John the Baptizer hears God’s word, and trust it enough to take that message to the homes, business, streets and pastures of the whole region until everyone had heard. Jew and Gentile, peasant and politician alike.

Facebook is an interesting phenomenon: People are willing to tell the whole world what they are doing at the drop of hat. How often do we use this open and self-revealing tool to tell people about God’s Word and power for real life struggles. I mean more than the, “I’ll pray for you..” I mean calling people to faith, to trust, to right-living, to hope, and back home. The catch is if someone starts being too bold, most folks with ‘hide’ or un-like of un-friend rather than hear the word.

John’s message continues to be our message to share: Christ is returning and we need to get things straighten out before he gets here.

Is he coming in a 1000 years? He said he was coming 2000 years ago. Did he mean it? Is he still coming? Is Christ here with us now?

Forrest Gump was asked, “Have you found Jesus?” to which he replied, “I didn’t know he was lost.”

Hear John’s Message Now?

Who is getting ready of Christ?  Does that mean buying up stores of food waiting for the Mayan prediction? We will look into this next Sunday… So stay tuned

John’s message is to take action. Not just any action, rather making what is crooked, straight; what is raised up, brought low, what is below standard, raised up.

“And Order of Priority Please”

When you go out to lunch at a restaurant a waiter or waitress takes your idea of a meal and translates that request to the cook staff who transforms your words into a plate of nourishment. Have you ever been successful in simply speaking or thinking what you want to eat and it appear before you with no one taking any action? Nope, didn’t think so.

As the disciples, we are those who need to be listening for God’s Word (through study, prayer, retreat, Christian fellowship: because the world is telling everyone to be lazy or easy or afraid or dependent on the latest fade or idol.

Real people around us are looking for someone to tell them, teach them, inspire them and challenge them to share the heart and mind of God in their lives:

To that end: Here Goes: Fine a method that works for you and share the Word of God with 49 people this week. Print up cards, write letters, make calls, start conversations, give gifts or sing a song…that shares a meaningful bible verse with each person. (that 7 people every day for week). Be willing to tell them why it is important to you and why it just might speak to them.

Your assignment, if you do it, is to report back what you experience. and if you choose not to do it, then pray for the seven people you didn’t help and ask for their forgiveness.

Here is a sample: Did you know that Luke 3.6 promises that all people will see Christ, the salvation of the world. I want to make certain that what you see and hear when you see a disciple of his like myself. If I didn’t tell you that God wants you to know Christ’s love and life today, then you and I both might forget or not know. Thanks for listening, Is there anything we might pray for God to help us through right now?

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What have we learned? Eph 4:21-25 092009 BRUMC 3of5Practices (a)rui

Eph 4.21-25 NRSV

21 For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. 22 You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.

What have we learned?

   Learned Truth is in Jesus…

   Learned to put away your old self and former ways…

   Learned to be renewed in the Spirit

   Learned to clothe ourselves we the new self

   Learned we are 2speak the truth, for we are members of one another.

Learned Truth is in Jesus…

  • Looking for the truth, what is right and wrong, good /bad
  • Truth is foundation, bedrock
  • Truth is Power and Freedom
  • Truth is integrity and Peace
  • Truth is ours in Jesus Christ..
  • LOOK NO FURTHER

Learned to put away your old self and former ways…

  • Put away ignorance, NOT knowing, playing dumb
  • Put away prior habits and behaviors
  • Put away old witness, others are looking
  • We are new persons in Jesus Christ
  • LOOK WHO WE ARE BECOMING

Learned to be renewed in the Spirit

  • Acknowledge that we need to feed/eat for spiritual growth
  • Affirm that our spirit is not intended to stay a baby
  • Keep being renewed in the Spirit 4whole life
  • God is not finished maturing us
  • GROWING OR DYING

Learned to clothe ourselves we the new self

  • Wear what is appropriate for the day.. rain, a coat, sun, shorts
  • Choose to be dressed for service and witness
  • Consider the witness of what you wear
  • Clothe the NEW self
  • GOD CLOTHES THE LILLIES

Learned we are all to speak the truth, for we are members of one another.

  • We are truth in Christ, it is not just us, it is all of us in Christ
  • Trust is we are not our old self, we are NEW
  • What of a tomato plant that bears ONE
  • CHOOSE 2B DRESSED 2 LEARN

SO WHAT: What have we learned?

  • We stand for Christ, who makes us new, daily in the spirit
  • Choose to let the presence of Christ be our clothes and grow together
  • Dressed for Successful God living….

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