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This post is part of a weekly worship blog carnival, so do stop by the worship community for more setlists and sermon recaps from around the world…

Morning
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went to youth this morning and we watchied a dvd of Nick Vujicic called “no arms, no legs, no worries”…that guy is ah-mazing. That’s the kind of person I aspire to be…stop looking at what I don’t have and start counting my blessings, and realizing what I have in Joshua Davidson. love!!!

Evening
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Jesus, all for Jesus (Robin Mark/Jennifer Atkinson)
Open the eyes (Paul Baloche)
Your love Oh Lord (Third Day)
Here I am to worship (Darlene Zschech)
Better is one day (Matt Redman)

Kev led worship tonight – just him on guitar and vocals and Madeleine on keyboards and vocals…awesomtastic! Very cool acoustic vibe that really opened the place up to worship instead of focusing on the music. I thought it was great. And yay for some time off.

Tonight’s preach was about being known for what we stand for or who we are about – LOVE – as opposed to being known for what we stand against. For instance, Christians tend to be known for being anti-homosexuality, or anti-abortion, or anti-this-and-that…so for being against stuff and not what we really are about, which is loving God and loving people. love!!!

verses: Colossians 3:17, 23; Hebrews 12: 1 – 2; John 13: 34 – 35; Mathew 5: 13, 43 – 45; 2 Corinthians 2: 14 – 15.

so there’s an old guy with two sons and one of the sons pretty much says “hey dad i wish you would die so that i can get some of your money and live my life the way i want to” so the father gives him half of what he owns and the son goes and spends it wrecklessly. the second son stays home and he is a good son; works for dad, does what he’s asked without complaining, takes care of his fathers home, etc. after wasting all his money, the bad son realises that he still needs his daddy to take care of him so he goes back home. dad is so happy to have him home that he throws a welcome home party. the elder son is furious…he’s the one who’s been working hard, who’s given up his life to serve his dad…he’s the one who deserves the party, dagnabit!

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”- einstein

i think that’s the way we tend to see christianity. yes, mentally we know that it is by grace alone, though faith, that we are saved…but then subconsciencely (sp?) we still believe that we need to be good to earn that grace. we need show God that we are deserving of the grace he’s given us.

“…all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64: 6)

there’s absolutely NOTHING we can do that will make us good enough for that grace. from the moment sin enters our lives we lose all rights to heaven…all rights to the presence of the Almighty and Holy One. It’s a gift. It’s free. And all we can do is say thank you. and that’s why we live good lives – to say thank you.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him…Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (Colossians 3; 17, 1 Peter 2: 12)

so we should “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can” (John Wesley) not to earn anything or to escape hell, but to say thanks for what He did on the cross 2000 years ago, and to say thanks for what He continues to do everyday single day.

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This post is part of the One Word at a time blog carnival where we are working our way though the fruit of the Spirit. Check out more posts on the theme of “Goodness” here.

the role of the church, the way i see it…and once again, by church i mean the congragational gathering…is for community. we were made for relationships…God is relational, we were created in God’s image, therefore we are relational beings…we were not created to go through life as loners, and we are not meant to walk this Christian walk alone. Side note a bit: I’m not saying you can’t be friends and have relationships with people who aren’t Christian, but I think there’s something powerful and build-up-ness about having friends/accoutability partners who have the same basic beliefs/morals/world-view as you do.

Ok, back to our regularly scheduled blogpost: Joshua Davidson chose Peter to be the rock that His church would be built upon, but he didn’t send Peter out alone, he had 11 other guys doing it with him (yea, I remember what happened to Judas, they replaced him with Matthius remember?)…and they garnered more and more people to walk with them along the way…even Paul when he went on his many mission trips wasn’t travelling alone…he often went with Barnabas and then there was John Mark and there were times during the travels when Dr Luke would pop in for a spell…and even when he was travelling alone he would always stay with other Christians in the area.

So, as I see it the church (congregation) isn’t there to play babysitter and make sure you do your homework and eat your vegetables…we do the gathering thing for the community – to love one other, share with each other, encourage one another, rejoice with those who rejoice, and cry with those who cry.

As I said in part 1, I don’t think it’s the church’s job to come up with “witnessing/outreach” things for us to do, I think it’s up to me, when I see a need to fulfil that need and then when we meet on Sunday I share with my family what happened the past week, we either celebrate together or mourn together. We share in each other’s lives, pains, etc. We praise God together, we seek Him together and on behalf of each other, we encourage each other to live a life worthy of the calling we’ve recieved, we have the enGAGE pizza together at Gino’s, then we go out into the world and live out that calling by being a witness to those who haven’t seen the light yet. That is your ministry/calling/witnessing…being a light to those who haven’t seen it yet…and it is not necessarily going to happen in mission trips and in street evangelisms and organised outreach things, it might just happen through you living out your everyday life in a way that in “whatever you do, whether in word or deed, [you] do it all in the name of our Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the father through him”.

which leads me to thoughts on the church in Acts…that will be part 3


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