The Jesus – God relationship is what our relationship (you and me) is to reflect.
Also Philippians 2:3
John 17, verses 11 and 22
Submission: one of the more difficult areas of Faith. Submit to a group, organization, individual person, God alone. What is God’s will? How is it qualified, quantified? Confusion and competition when so many people and organizations want our attention, obedience.
I foster the personal side of our relationship with God; where God communicates with us (substitute the word “me” for “us”) directly, unencumbered, open, raw — a relationship available for believers and non-believers, on an individual level. (Admittedly, it would be hard for an unbeliever to have this personal thing going on while not believing).
I consider this relationship:
higher – it lives in Heaven above Earthly standards more important – directly influencing deeper – the most meaningful our story – what we were meant for further – wears better, like some old tattered jeans more encompassing – a relationship without bounds beyond – not held by Earthly bonds
Example: As a Christian Musician, an ability not mentioned very much in this blog, I run across songs and instrumentals, or let’s say, ‘some melodies with words attached’ and ‘melodies without words’. I am inspired by both! and I know both would be inspiring to Christians in the context of worship. Yet when meeting with church musicians and pastors, I usually discover a much different view of which piece of music is “inspiring”, with the vast majority are “melodies with words attached”. It causes me to wonder if we are losing the art of instrumental music in our worship services?
Do I listen to what I deem an “urging”, the call of the “Spirit within”, or not?
These 3 aspects of the Christian faith have been on my mind recently. So I will help us to be mindful about all 3.
We need to check ourselves every now and then to make sure what we are saying and doing have perception as loving acts. Sometimes in the way we treat other people we say things or do things and the other people don’t see, may not perceive this as a caring act. We can mean well but they may not take it that way.
To be thankful for everything is an overwhelming aspect of the Christian Faith. It’s difficult to be thankful when things are not going, or at least you perceive they’re not going well. In this world we suffer losses and setbacks, heart aches and failures, but move your attitude to a place where thankfulness arises.
And the third item, this morning: assuming, can catch us off guard. We know that other people think differently than I / we think: have different terminology, define words differently. But it is fairly easy for me to go through my daily life thinking that other people, since they’re doing the same things — get out of bed, eat breakfast, go to work, buy groceries, meet with friends or family, go to church, watch a movie, read a book — are gathering the same ideas that I am gathering. And as such, are forming the same opinions and attitudes as myself. But there is a good chance they are shaped differently by these same experiences.
shape and deepen theological understandings so leaders can act with Wisdom
listens to the voice of God within: the Holy Spirit
trains and encourages growth that will produce fruit
empowers individuals by creating leaders so they can accomplish “works of service”; either within or outside the church
In the modern North American church we ask leaders to make decisions and give us direction — that is our “marching orders” — defining what positions there will be (and how many) within the church, each of their descriptions, hours, and pay (if any). Yet leading, within the context of Jesus’ teaching and Paul’s expressed views, means leaders are servants (Jesus to His disciples in Luke 22: 24-27 ) given the job of building up the Saints (Paul in Ephesians 4: 11-15). Not seeking power or administrating through corporate structure as everyone’s boss.
Think of the Marriage Relationship as God’s example for inter-personal communication skills. Plans are made but not always by one individual all the time. Also, a marriage does not function well without God in a leadership role. A triangular relationship. Marriage is enriched by the influence of a knowledge of God’s ways, an attentiveness to prayer, in short the overview God gives to our position in life: He has created each of us uniquely to reflect and serve each other.
Train people to lead. Let them do their God-given thing.
The title could be “Make Your Monet”, but I wanted you to think personally about yourself.
As Monet, amongst the world’s best painters of art from long ago, created masterpieces to capture the world for thought and reflection: inspiration and drive, to spark memories and taunt us to re-order our mental dispositions — make your personal marks, that is brushstrokes, for and with God.
I say for God and with God because your are working to showcase God’s working in you, yet not alone for God has taken up residence in you:
∞ Illuminates Initiates
∞ Follows Precedes
∞ Guides Waits to see
∞ Can’t wait to see what you do
∞ Shows His Love Undergirds
Originally posted on Kingdom Pastor: Well, yesterday we looked the the foundation provide by Jesus that the very first believers embraced. But what good is a foundation unless something is built upon it. Right now I remembering from a previous appointment in a certain community, there was something I saw almost every day. It was…
I thoroughly recommend this post (and others) Pastor Randy has posted.
Well, yesterday we looked the the foundation provide by Jesus that the very first believers embraced. But what good is a foundation unless something is built upon it. Right now I remembering from a previous appointment in a certain community, there was something I saw almost every day. It was a foundation for a house. What I noticed was that it was overgrown with weeds even saplings were growing up. Someone had started to build a house but got only as far as the foundation.
I don’t know the story or the reason why–but this morning I see a spiritual truth in that image. A foundation becomes worthless unless something–something worthwhile–is built upon it. In looking at the book of Acts–Acts Of The Holy Spirit In Surrendered People–those surrendered people took that foundation and began building. What they built is a far cry from most “churches” today.
[This post is meant to be juxtaposed with today’s other post, “Leaders’ Quad-fecta”.]
1st Corinthians 16:16
Because of the relationship a Christian Leader has with God (Jesus & the Spirit are right-in-there as well) those who are Shepherded are to submit, be submissive, and follow what Leaders say. Continue reading “Obeying Leaders”
Jesus, at the close of ministry, chose to tell His Disciples to be “One”.
The Gospel of John chronicles this, starting with John 13:34, when telling the Disciples to love each other, and continuing to the end of Chapter 17. Jesus builds His case for Believers to be “One”. This is possibly the biggest care on Jesus’ mind and heart before his arrest.
In the prayer following teaching the Disciples to be “One”, He emphatically drove His point home (my own description), and petitioned God to undergird His followers to be “One”.
He could have stressed power or knowledge,
love or understanding,
but His chosen emphasis was unity:
That WE = ONE.
But do we give up our individual identities to the ideology of the community? Do you give up God’s essence within you when you come to the community? Do I? Continue reading “Christians as “One””