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The Once and Future Church (3): Letting Go, Pressing On

. 4 min read

2015/11/22
Christ Church, Mountain Top
Call
to Worship, Psalm 145.8-21
Children, 2 Chronicles 20 – switch to Genesis 12, Abe’s
call?
Message,
Philippians 3.4-14
Our message series:
Story
telling as those delivered from slavery, the context of generosity (PAST) –
Deuteronomy, offerings upon entering the land
Story
telling as those who are alert to what God is doing NOW, the context of
gratitude (PRESENT) – promise of God’s “new thing” attended to in the present
Story
telling as those dreaming of God’s best, the context of faith (FUTURE) –
letting go and pressing on
            Jeremiah
29.11 – future with hope
Paul – giving up on success
Philippians
3:8-9
 I regard everything as loss
because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I
have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order
that I may gain Christ  9 and
be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,
but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on
faith.
      Trust in God instead of my pedigree, my
goodness, my will
      We never can, never do, deserve grace or
earn forgiveness – a gift
      Personal transformation narrative: If I
decide to change, I’ll change
            Change the way we think, feel, act
            Mindfulness
      Nothing changes a human being like Jesus

Abraham – no home but the promise of God
Hebrews
11:8-16
 By faith Abraham obeyed when
he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance;
and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 
9 By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been
promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were
heirs with him of the same promise.  10
For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and
builder is God… 13 All of these died in faith without having
received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They
confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth,  14 for people who speak in this
way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.  15 If they had been thinking of
the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return.  16 But as it is, they desire a
better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be
called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.
      Trust in God despite evidence to the
contrary
      Journey as metaphor of       personal transformation
            Luke Skywalker to Dagobah
            Abraham never got to the “destination”
            More about obedient submission than
about transformation
Abe: Departure, arrival (incomplete)
Paul: Letting go, pressing on (unattained)
Me – past and future
      It is not about ourself at the center, but
about God at the center
      Discernment is called for, along with
faith
            Giving up on success
            Becoming homeless, except for the
promise of God
     
1955
Nov 6, vote to merge
      Giving up the stained glass windows
Those
called out from us to pastoral ministry:
      Jim Slapinski, Jan Tiebert, Ken Brown,
J.-P. Duncan, Mark Dodson
      Leaving home for an uncertain future
Old
dreams:
      Expanded building
      SS class for kids with special needs
Recent
dreams:
      Care ministry
      ActionChurch
      Contemporary worship
Hopes
and dreams:
      Gym, multipurpose space
      Music and arts academy – YOMAMA
            Youth Orchestra & Mountaintop
Area Music Academy
      Sponsor a Syrian refugee family
            God has not given us a spirit of
fear but of LOVE (2 Tim 1.7)
      Prayerfulness, love of Scripture
      Pay off mortgage
      Small group ministry
      Children’s drama & music
      Young adult ministry/group
      No child goes to bed hungry
      Children most at risk are surrounded with
love and opportunity –
            Sherman’s Hills
What are your hopes and dreams for Christ
Church, or for your own life?
      (Music – Here I Am, Lord)
      Prayer
      Writing down our hopes and dreams

      Singing, bringing our dreams forward to
post at the front