Summary: How to Walk (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: Acts chapter 2 verses 42-47.
• The Times Online newspaper (August 4, 2007)
• Walking to the shops ‘damages the planet more than going by car’
• Food production is now so energy-intensive
• That more carbon is emitted providing a person with enough calories to walk to the shops
• Than a car would emit over the same distance.
• The climate could benefit if people avoided exercise,
• Ate less and became couch potatoes.
The sums were done by Chris Goodall,
• Campaigning author of How to Live a Low-Carbon Life,
• Based on the greenhouse gases created by intensive beef production.
• “Driving a typical UK car for 3 miles [4.8km]
• Adds about 0.9 kg [2lb] of CO2 to the atmosphere,”
• He said, a calculation based on the Government’s official fuel emission figures.
• “If you walked instead, it would use about 180 calories.
• You’d need about 100g of beef to replace those calories,
• Resulting in 3.6kg of emissions, or four times as much as driving.
• Campaigner Chris Goodall might believe;
• Walking might damage the planet, but walking is an illustration often used in the Bible.
Note: A walk is a good picture to compare the Christian life to:
(1). It demands life.
• Dead people cannot walk.
• It is an activity of the living.
• We talk in terms of ‘good and bad people’,
• The Bible talks in terms of people being ‘dead and alive’.
• The Bible makes it very clear that you are either spiritually dead in your sins,
• Or you are spiritually alive in Jesus Christ!
(2). It requires growth.
• Our kids (Elle on Wednesday) grew from sitting to wobbling, to crawling to walking.
• Walking is a sign that a baby is physically growing.
• As Christians we ought to be spiritually growing in our faith,
• We should be growing UP in our faith and not just growing OLD!
• Not the number of years you’ve been a Christian that’s important,
• But are you maturing in your faith, growing more like Jesus?
(3). It requires freedom.
• Ill: remember as kids doing the three legged-race;
• It normally ended up with you and your partner falling over.
• It is a reminder that someone who is tied up and bound cannot walk.
• Walking requires freedom.
As Christians we can tie ourselves up with all sorts of things.
• Some Christians are bound by sinful habits and a sinful lifestyles.
• Ill: Play with fire and you get your fingers burnt.
• Some Christians are involved in things that may not be wrong or even sinful,
• But they may still prevent us progressing in the Christian life.
• Quote: “Often the good is the enemy of the best”.
(4). It demands light.
• No-one walks (ill: goes for a hike) in the dark,
• Darkness limits your vision and could cause you to encounter danger.
• As Christians we are told to “walk in the light”
• Otherwise we too will stumble!
(5). It cannot be hidden.
• Tele-Tubbies, because of the rain Dipsy decided to walking around the house.
• Normal people walk out and about where they will encounter people and things.
• Jesus called us; “The light of the world”, not “The light of the church”.
• We have to live out our faith in the world in which we live.
(6). It suggests progress.
• We walk to achieve something,
• It is purposeful.
• E.g. It gets us from A to B.
• E.g. Or it brings us pleasure as we enjoy a walk in the countryside.
• Our lives should be purposeful:
• Ill: Chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him for ever.
THE TITLE GIVEN ME TOM SPEAK ONTO TONIGHT IS ‘HOW TO WALK’.
• Not physical activity but spiritual activity;
• And I have been asked to speak on three areas of our walk with God.
Did you know that Church could save your life!
• Do NOT ride in cars: they cause 20% of all fatal accidents.
• Do NOT stay home: 17% of all accidents occur in the home.
• Do NOT walk on the streets or pavements: 14% of all accidents happen to pedestrians.
• Do NOT travel by air, rail, or water: 16% of all accidents happen on these.
• However, only ‘point 001% of all deaths occur in church worship services,
• And all of these deaths are related to previous physical disorders.
• THEREFORE, the safest place for you to be at any time is in church!
Sign on a Church notice board.
• When you were born, your mother brought you to church.