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“CHRIST IN YOU” (Following 神 in the real world)
October 4, 2015Posted by on
If you ever want to know the heart of what 神 wants your life to be about – and what He wants His circles of friends to be all about – you can summarize it easily: “Christ in us!”
The great joy of faith comes from following the living Lord Jesus Christ – the One who loves us and died for us and was raised for us. There’s a huge difference between following “codes, guidelines, laws, rules” about Jesus, and following Jesus Himself! Christ in us is the mystery God kept hidden for ages, finally revealed to us!
In this series, we’re maximizing the value of our two assemblies: in the traditional assembly, where lecture is the preferred mode of teaching, we’re doing basic textual and background teaching. In the contemporary Gathering, where we also use other modes of teaching, we focus on what to do and how to do it. Sometimes you’ll hear some of the same material spoken in a different way – more often, though, you’ll hear something related that builds and deepens our understanding. We hope that we’ll all be moved to trust the Lord and do what He says!
We’ve distinguished the audio links for your convenience – but we encourage you to listen to both sessions.
September 13, 2015: “Christ in us!” Someone once said that the hardest thing for a church to do is to keep Jesus in front of it. Here at this new beginning stage, we really want to focus on Jesus, and there are a few surprises here! Everything Jesus ever asks us to do, He already does. He Himself lives in us, and we carry His heart and hand and voice and impulses everywhere we go.
September 20, 2015: “Christ in us: all barriers between us are gone!” (Traditional assembly) Being in Christ is more than forgiveness of sins: Christ in us undoes all the trouble that human history has worked between people. We’re a new family now, honoured and blessed by Him. We witness the truth of this every Sunday morning!
September 20, 2015: “Christ in us: all barriers between us are gone!” (Contemporary gathering) Yes, we’re one family in Christ – but different cultures have different ideas of what “family” means! Jesus’ culture had a definition of “family” and what it means to live in “family” relationship that’s a little different from our typical Western society! Following Him means we’ll do things differently from what we expect, too.
September 27, 2015: “Christ in us: forgive us our debts!” (Traditional assembly) Jesus teaches us about forgiveness in some surprising ways – and so forgiveness means something a little different from what we might be used to. Because Christ is in us, we are greater than anything anybody can do to us. We live and breathe the Jubilee of God!
September 27, 2015: “Christ in us: forgive us our debts!” (Contemporary gathering) What does it mean for us to forgive? How can we do this, in a practical sense? Christ in us gives us great power to forgive – in the ways that He means it.
October 4, 2015: “Christ in us: you are blessed!” (Traditional assembly) When Jesus turns things upside down in the Beatitudes – when He tells us that we’re blessed – He sets us up for a new stance toward the world: the power to make a difference!
October 4, 2015: “Christ in us: you’re richer than you think!” (Contemporary gathering) Have you seen those annoying bank advertisements that try to get you to spend their money? What if right at the heart of Christ in us, you could find $1 million? Not necessarily literally, but in spiritual wealth? How would you handle it? Jesus busts guilt, and gives us confidence and joy!
October 18, 2015: “Christ in us: the Kingdom is a lifestyle!” (Traditional assembly) In the Kingdom of God, God is King! Jesus talked about the Kingdom, and He demonstrated the Kingdom by what He did! The Kingdom of God is God’s rule “out there” – and also God’s rule “in here,” in our hearts – establishing His rule and authority in us. Jesus helps us identify and remove a major block to God’s work in us – you can do this.
October 18, 2015: “Christ in us: The King doesn’t take a number!” (Contemporary gathering) What do our lives look like when we’re following the messages of our culture? We’re the king – sorta. What do our lives look like when God is King? How can we converse with the King and let His authority and rule work in us?
October 25, 2015: “Christ in us: finding where the power really is!” (Traditional assembly) Jesus’ early followers help us so much, because they make the same mistakes we do: and we get to read about their mistakes and learn from them. James and John – and their mother – thought that real power with Jesus comes from the position you’re in. That’s why they tried to qualify for #2 and #3 in the Kingdom, at Jesus’ right and left. But Jesus Himself lives in real authority and power – not from a high “place” of status and power. The “place” of Kingdom authority where He lives His lifestyle is the place where we can live ours, too.
October 25, 2015: “Christ in us: the cross shadow and the dove” (Contemporary gathering) Our church logo illustrates something Jesus demonstrated and called us to follow: becoming servant-hearted so that God’s power can live and work in us. This isn’t simply about “leadership” in churches or anywhere else: it’s all about the everyday lifestyle of the Kingdom of God, where God is King! We’re making a change in our hearts, our lifestyles, in the lens through which we see everything: instead of seeking to be served, we seek to serve. “Then” watch what happens!