Summary: Experience a faith connected in positive relationships.
Series, “Being Spiritual without being Religious” – Part 6
Pastor Jeff Christopherson
October 24, 2004
Start with Authenticity…
Preserve my Personality…
Investigate the Ground Zero of Faith…
Recognize my Net Worth…
Experience a faith connected in positive relationships.
3 attitudes that ensure religious isolation...
1. Become a ‘Superficial Person.’
“But if we walk in the light, God Himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another.” 1 John 1:7 (Message)
2. Aspire to be a ‘Super-Spiritual Person.’
“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom. Do you think God sits in a box seat?” Matthew 6:5 (Message)
3. Pretend to be a ‘Superior Person.’
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults-unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging.” Matthew 7:1-2 (Message)
complimenting the incomplete ‘me’…
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work (mutual effort); If one falls down, his friend can help up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up (mutual support). Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone (mutual encouragement)? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (mutual strength).” Eccles 4:9-12
four key considerations:
1. Even as a Christ follower, you’re going to have some major problems – but God will use these problems to grow your character. When you became a Christian, you did not instantly develop Christ-like character. That takes time, effort, and usually troubles – so expect a lot of struggle.
2. When heartache and hardships enter your life, don’t make any rash conclusions about yourself or God. While your circumstances could be a result of your own bad choices, remember that everyone you know (including your pastor) has sinned. Your troubles could also be from living in a fallen world where bad things really do happen to some very good people.
3. When you have a problem, don’t pretend that you don’t. The very worst thing that you can do is pretend. Healthy Christians want to meet your needs (just like you want to meet other people’s honest needs.) If you pretend, how will they know that you have any? You can only grow increasingly phony. When no one pretends, we can all face reality together. Your Home Church is designed for the realities of life.
4. If you have to pretend, or if you feel great shame over some big problem, at least show up. Come as you are, broken or bruised. Just come! Be here with us and allow God to remove your shame and give you hope as we struggle together.
When am I contributing to an authentic spiritual community?
“Near the cross of Jesus stood His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdeline. When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” John 19:25-27