Sunday to Monday | Ruptured by Freedom

On Sunday, Pastor Dave and participants in the Senior High Youth Mission Trip talked about how their lives were ruptured as they got out of their own lives and into the lives of others in San Diego. Here are some things to think about this week as we all think about how to make those short-term experiences of "rupture" have a lasting impact on our faith:

  • In Luke 18 Jesus flips current understanding upside down. The people experience “freedom” to see God in new ways. Old thoughts are “ruptured” by fresh good news. How have the experiences our youth shared and the text of Luke 18 “freed” you, or “ruptured” your spiritual journey so that you might more faithfully follow Jesus?
  • When have you been led by God to leave a well known context and experience God anew in a foreign place? Is God calling you to any new places, people, or contexts now? It could be anywhere from across the street to the other side of the earth.
  • The disciples gave up all they had to follow Jesus (Luke 18:28), and the rich man in Luke 18:22 is asked to give up all he has and to follow Jesus. Jesus is probably not literally wanting you to give your house away. But what might Jesus be asking you to set aside so that God can better reach you and you can follow Jesus more faithfully (habit, pursuit, addiction, relationship, possession, temptation)?
  • With 13 teenagers, 3 college students, and 4 adults, the youth mission trip was truly intergenerational. God's vision for community is blended by age. Pray that God might lead you into your place in Jesus' intergenerational community.

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1. Anorides wrote:
I have long felt that many of our churches have saiccfired REVERENCE in corporate worship on the altar of celebration .Once, while covering a weekend as an RN, I had a co-worker call his wife after she'd returned from services. He announce after hanging up that his wife had just gotten home from church services and was high as a kite . My response was that getting high was one of he things I had repented of when I became a Christian.Of course, we can be overly stoic in our worship as well, scorning and censoring any expression of joy or emotion at all. This is an equal but opposite error.

Tue, July 10, 2012 @ 6:31 PM

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