Summary: The House Holds People of Purpose, we don’t do what we do for no reason or because it has always been done. You can also listen to this message at www.preaching.co.nr
Culture is how we do things. Every household does its’ things in its’ own way.
The members of God’s household must guard against becoming closed to others fulfilling their God given potential. God looks for a household that is open, welcoming and receptive to the new way, gift or idea he wants to introduce to His House.
Also because Church culture can so easily become traditional, household members must guard against doing what they do for no reason, in other words doing Church without a purpose or because this is the way we have always done it.
People of Purpose are people of purpose because of God’s Purpose
God’s Purpose has been and always will be a perfect relationship between us and Him. That perfect relationship got messed up in Eden because of Sin, but God in grace quickly promised a Saviour, Gen 3:15. God in grace provided a Saviour in His Son Jesus. Jesus’ death and resurrection has defeated all the works of the Evil One so that we might be with Him. God in grace has not only made a way for us to be with Him, he has sent His Holy Spirit to work out his will in us according to His good purpose for us. (Phil 2:12-14, Eph 2:14-16, Rom 8:27-29)
I want to highlight just two things about God’s Purpose if we are to live as People of Purpose
1. It is God’s purpose for us to be with Him, before service we must learn what it is to be with him, read the following; He appointed twelve—designating them apostles —that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach Mark 3:14
I was so challenged this week by the following statement; “let us just seek God and not just seek stuff from God” it is so easy to come to God with a shopping list, it may be all good, essential, necessary stuff for life and even stuff to do His will. However, what about getting back to God’s original purpose, that of relationship with God.
Getting to Know the Wonder of God, Majesty of God, just learning how Amazing God is, reminding yourself how Fantastic God is.
I read the following this week about God;
He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End!
He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all!
He is the Architect of the universe and The Manager of all times.
He always was, He always is, and He always will be… Unmoved,
Unchanged, Undefeated, and never Undone!
He was bruised and brought healing!
He was pierced and eased pain!
He was persecuted and brought freedom!
He was dead and brought life!
He is risen and brings power!
He reigns and brings Peace!
The world can’t understand Him,
The armies can’t defeat Him,
The schools can’t explain Him,
and The leaders can’t ignore Him.
Herod couldn’t kill Him,
The Pharisees couldn’t confuse Him,
and The people couldn’t hold Him!
Nero couldn’t crush Him,
Hitler couldn’t silence Him,
The New Age can’t replace Him,
He is light, love, longevity, and Lord.
He is goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.
He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful, and pure.
His ways are right, His word is eternal,
His will is unchanging, and His mind is on me.
He is my Redeemer, He is my Savior,
He is my guide, and He is my peace! He is my Joy,
He is my comfort, He is my Lord, and He rules my life!
I serve Him because His bond is love,
His burden is light, and His goal for me is abundant life.
I follow Him because He is the wisdom of the wise,
The power of the powerful,
The ancient of days, the ruler of rulers, The leader of leaders, the overseer of the over comers,
and The sovereign Lord of all that was and is and is to come.
And if that seems impressive to you, try this for size.
His goal is a relationship with ME!
He will never leave me,
Never forsake me, Never mislead me,
Never forget me,
Never overlook me,
and Never cancel my appointment in His appointment book!
When I fall, He lifts me up!
When I fail, He forgives!
When I am weak,
He is strong!
When I am lost, He is the way!
When I am afraid, He is my courage!
When I stumble, He steadies me!
When I am hurt, He heals me!
When I am broken, He mends me!
When I am blind, He leads me!
When I am hungry, He feeds me!
When I face trials, He is with me!
When I face persecution, He shields me!
When I face problems, He comforts me!
When I face loss, He provides for me!
When I face Death, He carries me Home!