One Prayer – thoughts

Posted: June 30, 2008 in Church, Perspective
  • Finished up “One Prayer” at church this week.  It has been an amazing series.  We heard sermons from Craig Groeschel, Gary Lamb, Steven Furtick, and our own Dave Anderson.  We learned how the church needs to be “one,” “revolutionary,” “audacious,” and “workers” for the harvest.
  • These things seem so basic – so fundamental to our faith – that I can’t help but wonder how we forget them. 
  • OneNow I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe’s household, that there are contentions among you. Now I say this, that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?  (1 Corinthians 1)
  • RevolutionaryThey devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.  All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42 – 47).
  • AudaciousJonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few.” (1 Samuel 14:6).
  • Workers in the harvestHe told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Luke 10:2).
  • The Scriptures are filled with cries for unity among God’s people.  They are filled with cries for God’s people to be revolutionary and even audacious enough to dare to change the world and connect as many people as possible with Christ – and to do it in any way possible, short of sinning.  Scriptures even make it clear that such a task is not the task of the pastor or the worship leader or the youth pastor, but the task of every single one of us who identifies ourselves as followers of Christ.
  • HOW DO WE FORGET THIS?????  How do we get wrapped up in theological division and comfortable “Sundays-only” Christianity?  How can we miss the whole point of why the church – the body of Christ – exists?
  • If you dare, read 2 Kings, all of chapter 22 and ch. 23 through verse 24- and see how we ought to respond before God when the “missing” basic elements of our faith are re-discovered…
  • Imagine what we could do if every church – every Christian – set aside the things that divide us and hinder our ministry, and engaged the world the way Jesus and the early church engaged the world!
  • We can look at this One Prayer series as just another series, or we can look at it as an opportunity – where God is challenging us to rediscover who we are, repent of what we have let the church become, and change the world with the love of Jesus Christ.
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Comments
  1. jalack says:

    When Josiah had the book of the Law read to him, he tore his robes. He asked how can we forget this. Man I am glad we talked about this yesterday, I read this again lastnight (I had actually read it, just never stood out that way) and it messed me up.

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