Summary: To Dance with the Father is to engage in an intimate relationship with the Creator. This series addresses how to relate with God by focusing on the Father instead of on the steps of the dance.
The DANCE July 16, 2006
Witnessing – Jive Talkin’
Recap: A few weeks ago we embarked on a journey of intimacy w/ God by looking at our relationship w/ Him as a glorious dance instead of drudgery. As w/ any dance, the joy of the moment isn’t measured by the accuracy of one’s steps, but in the enjoyment of sharing the dance w/ your partner.
The Christian life is a dance. While there are definitive steps that make up the dance, the joy is in sharing intimacy w/ the Father. The problem w/ the average churchgoer is that they understand how to be religious, but they’ve missed the intimacy and have a sterile experience w/ God. But there is much more!
Trans: As I shared w/ you a few weeks ago, for many years this was a struggle for me. Then I came to a crossroad in my faith journey where I was confused and frustrated. I found myself standing at a fork in the road of faith longing for the abundant life but only knowing Pharisee-ism. Like most people, everything I’d known about Christianity I’d learned from people who knew the law inside and out, but couldn’t pick Jesus out of a line up. I knew the pomp and circumstance and how to sing Just as I am, but I didn’t know the joy of a genuine relationship w/ God. Then an amazing thing happened, God became real.
Trans: Over the past few weeks we’ve been looking at the steps of the dance in light of enjoying intimacy w/ the Father. I can only hope that you’ve gained new insight and understanding of why God has given us the disciplines He has. Likewise, I hope you’ve begun to apply these insights to your own spiritual life.
Trans: Today we’re going to turn our attention to God’s greatest concern – the souls of men. I say this is God’s greatest concern b/c ever since the Fall God has been relentlessly pursuing His creation to restore and redeem it unto Himself. This is the reason God sent His only Son into the World – to save it.
Verse: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save the lost. Lk 19:10. This was His one and only purpose – the redemption of you and me.
Truth: Now if the souls of men are the greatest concern of the Father, then they should also be the greatest concern of those who follow Him.
Note: Think about it. Jesus’ first words when He was calling His disciples in Mt. 4:19 dealt w/ this concern – Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men. But not only were His first words about this concern, but so were His last.
Verse: Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the H.S. teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. Behold, I am w/ you always, even to the end of the age. Mt. 28:19-20
Note: His first and last words and His life in b/w, was purposefully intended to rescue His creation from condemnation. It is to this cause we must commit our lives. We are to plunder Hell to populate Heaven.
Trans: The good news is that He hasn’t left us here to fend for ourselves. He has given us His H.S. to empower us to accomplish this mission and share His love.
Verse: You shall receive power when the H.S. has come upon you and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the world. Ac. 1:8
Note: Wherever we go – we are on mission for Him empowered by His Spirit.
Insert: Now before I go any further I want to be clear about this responsibility. The Christians single duty is to convey the message, while it is God’s responsibility to convince, convict, and convert. This is a vital truth to remember. I don’t have to browbeat, trick or coax people, I only have to share the truth in love and live a life that substantiates this reality. I am a messenger.
Verse: If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cr. 5:17-21