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Seismic Shifts

Session 7 “From Stuffed to Satisfied”

RBW (inspired from “seismic shifts” book)

How many of you dressed up for Halloween? (use pictures of animals dressed up for Halloween)

+ Powerpoint with animals dressed up for Halloween. Humans are different from any other life on this planet… because God can take up residence inside of each one of us. And we become His Body!

+Congregational Reading:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

+Pass out the Dominoes.

In this next chapter our author reminds us that we’re multifaceted creatures.

We’re more than just phantasms floating around haunting the earth. We have bodies.

And so this seismic shift has to do with how we view and take care of these unique vehicles.

+How many of you have ever driven in a car? How many of you have ever put gas in a car?

How many of you have ever washed a car? How many of you have ever taken a car in for a tune-up, or to get new tires, or to get some noise fixed or whatever?

Sure, we take care of our cars because our cars take care of us!

+It’s pretty much the same for our bodies. For example,

How many of you have ever stopped into a Mexican restaurant and gotten gas? STOP!

We go in for checkups; we let the Doctor check underneath the hood.

We shave and shower, stop for fuel.

But, seriously, God has given us amazing bodies to go and do and create and have fun, and laugh and cry and experience through our senses the wonders of creation and experience the joys of knowing the Creator!

How many have in this room have ever attempted go on a diet? Tough, huh? And there are so many different diets to choose from and each promises to satisfy us.

+Kind of like the two Cannibals, a father and his son. They were out one day looking for food. They hid behind some bushes and waited for someone to come by. After a few minutes, a skinny man comes by. The son says "How about him, dad?" "No," says the father, "he’s too skinny." A short time later, a fat man wanders by. "What about that guy, dad?" asks the son. "Too much cholesterol." A little later, a pretty, 20 year old lady walks by. The son asks, "Dad, how about her?" The father replies "Yeah, Son! Let’s take her home and eat your mother!"

How many of you eat fast food at least once a week?

Sure, it’s kind of like driving a Ferrari like it was a garbage truck.

So, because we all learned from last week’s chapter that we’ve got to learn to slow down… maybe we’ll also apply that to our eating habits.

Again Paul says, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

+19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

+How many of you have ever gone with friends to a restaurant? Let’s say it’s an Italian restaurant. The server brings you a basket of fresh baked bread. You pass it around the table. Someone in your party orders appetizers and everyone digs in. Soon your salad arrives.

And it’s at this point you feel satisfied. Right? You’ve been there right? If you stopped right there you’d be good. But………… you know that the main course is still coming. It’s your favorite Pasta. (you know what they call a fake spaghetti? An InPasta)

Well, you have to eat the Pasta, it’s the reason you came to the restaurant in the first place.

And so you go from being satisfied to being stuffed.

And we don’t just do this around a table of food… we tend to have many areas in our lives that are out of balance.

God wants us to keep everything in it’s proper perspective. That means there is never too much of anything in our lives… with the exception of God… and you can never have too much of Him!

So I want to spend the next few minutes talking about what is healthy for these bodies that God has given us. And how these very same principles will make us a spiritually healthy body of believers.

1. +Breathing – We must oxygenate these bodies or we will die. (we breathe in, we breathe out). Breathing is just like mediation according to the great Christian mentors. Look at what David said about Meditation:

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