Gordon McDonald, "Following Christ implies meeting God in the upper real world of the Heavenlies, mastering life in the inner real world of our selves, and making personal history in the outer real world of the streets."
Today we go back to the anvil to forge a real world faith.
I. We seek a Faith that Worships.
II. We seek a Faith That Imitates.
III. We seek a Faith that Communicates.
Effective faith must work in all of these worlds. A single-world faith will not suffice in times of suffering and persecution. Today if you would follow Jesus, let us recommit to worship, to Christian living, and to the ultimate salvific purposes of God. Let us go forth in imitation with a song on our lips and joy in our hearts.
Let us commit to obedience, discipleship based on Christ-likeness that begins in baptism. Let us commit to the mission and purposes of God as we seek to be light and salt and leaven in our world.
What is the shape of your faith? Are you forging a tri-world faith that will continue--no matter what? Why not come to Jesus--finding reconciliation and redemption for those who have never begun, finding resources for recovery and renewal in our continuing walk, finding commitment for communicating the good news.
If Christ today answers your faith needs, the opportunity to come to Him, whatever your need, is now, as we stand and sing.
|Heavenly World--The Ultimate World||Inner World--The Real World||Outer World--The Temporary World|
|Spirit World||Self World||Streets-Society World|
|Worship the Exalted One||Imitate the Exemplary One||Communicate the Eternal One|
|Faith that Exalts in Worship||Faith that Edifies, Encourages, and Equips in Walk||Faith that Evangelizes in Word|
|Worship--Abnegation of Self||Christ-likeness--Mastery of Self||Kingdom Building--Sacrifice of Self|
|My Worship reflects my desire to Magnify||My Walk reflects my desire to Mature||My Words reflect my commitment to Mission|
|The Presence of God, From Shallowness to Depth||The Power of God, From Confusion to Orientation||The Purpose of God, From Domestication to Discipleship|
|Celebrate Redemption and Reconciliation||Find Recovery and Renewal||Develop Relationships|
|Experiencing the Presence of God||Exploring the Power of God||Expecting the Purpose of God|
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