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Summary: Week 3 of 13

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Seismic Shifts

Session 3 “From Me to God”

RBW (inspired from “seismic shifts” book)

Introduction:

+ Seismic Promo Video Clip

Congregational Reading:

+Isaiah 6:1-3 (NIV)

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

John 3:30 (NIV)

30 He must become greater; I must become less.

+Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV)

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Recap:

+Our first shift, “from doing to being” helps us to focus the priority of our lives on this inward journey… It starts with who God has made us to be. Then, it reaches outward into what we can do to represent God in this world we’re in. But, we’ll never be successful at showing God to the world, unless we’ve started with this work of becoming apart from the world’s expectations.

+Our second shift, “from somberness to celebration” reminds us that this life of becoming is not a drag, it’s not to be lived in drudgery, but our becoming through all this life’s situations is exciting because we can’t wait to see who God is making us to be. Prayer warriors, encouragers, mentors, ministers of faith, we give thanks, we dance, we sing, we celebrate this journey that we’ve begun with God.

This week our author reminds us that for the first two small shifts to have their ultimate, lasting, impacting affect on our lives, we must shift our focus + “from ourselves to God.” None of this shifting does much good for us spiritually if we’re still just focused on us.

You can pick up the phone and talk all you want, but unless you dial a number you’re just talking to yourself.

Illustration: The other day I was in line in a store and a +lady walked in behind me just talking away… she was alone… she wasn’t talking to me… and no one else was around her. I thought+Thorazine drip.

Then I saw the wireless Bluetooth in her ear. She had a goofy grin like I’m not crazy and she motioned to the ear piece. 10 years ago, government dollars and prescribed pharmaceuticals would be helping this girl have a better life. For us to experience real change, lasting change, big change… God must be an integral part of the process or we’re just standing alone, talking to ourselves, waiting for medication.

+The type of spiritual life that will have a greater impact on our daily lives must have an effect on our moment by moment relationship with God if we’re going to become deeper people, if we’re truly looking for transformation in life, if we’re truly allowing God to fashion us into His disciples. If we truly want change.


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