On Sunday we began considering what it looks like when heaven comes to earth. You can listen to the sermon by clicking here. Here are a few thoughts for reflection on what was preached on Sunday.
I said that I felt that God had challenged me to aim for us to be a church of 100.
How do you feel about that?
- Can you imagine what this would look like? What types of people can you see God bringing into our congregation?
- How can you prepare to invite them in?
- How can you prepare to receive them in?
I spoke about the difference between what we read of Jesus in Matt 9, where He performs 4 major miracles in 16 verses and what we see in our church over the last few years. This reminded me of something I was challenged by at the Randy Clark conference, namely does our experience inform our expectation which in turn informs how we read scripture or do we read scripture which informs our expectation and which leads to a greater experience of God’s real power?
- What holds the greater influence over your expectation of what God might do, your experience or the word of God?
- Has your recent experience dampened or excited our expectation of God’s working in and through you?
- Do you believe the works of Jesus in scripture transfer directly into the modern world we live in? If so how, if not why not?
I spoke about the difference between Jesus walking with us and us walking with Jesus.
- What is the general characteristic of your life and lifestyle? Are you doing your own thing and expecting God to bless what it or are you looking to see what God is doing and leaving what you feel is important to do that?
- Are there areas of your life where God doesn’t come first? If so what are you going to do about it?
- What does it mean to you to ‘seek first the kingdom of God’?