Friday, February 19, 2010

The First Day of the Rest of Our Lives?

It was just another Friday.

Until I started listening to this sermon.

Katie referenced these sermons on her blog.

I ignored them.

Don't be like me.

Please.

Listen.

Let's talk about what we hear.

Let's work this stuff out with one another.

Because many of you are pastor's wives...

Please share these with your husbands. Listen together.

Check out this church's website.

Notice anything strange?

No cute pictures of the pastor on the home page.

No snazzy "Look at how cool our church is" verbiage.

Instead...

The first thing you see on this church's website are updates about the poor...about suffering around the world...how to help the orphan...kingdom stuff like that.

This church's programs include foster care training.

Like nothing I've ever seen before.

Here's a link to all the sermons in the series. From what I understand, after this series, there was a major restructure in how this church did ministry.

RADICAL

Who will listen to these sermons with me?

For those of you considering this Haitian thing...this man is preaching to us. You'll be blessed.

I've cried all the way through this stuff. Lots of snot. Lots of tears. You'll need kleenex.

Do I even know what it means to be a follower of Christ? Not sure I do. Right now I'm too scared to want to know. Hard stuff. True stuff. Change your life stuff.

I don't think we can be the same after hearing what this man is teaching (and by man, I mean Jesus).

8 comments:

Rebekah said...

I listened... I don't really know what to say. How many times have I heard similar words, been emotionally moved, and then moved on the next day? What do we do to truly be impacted by the word, instead of just having wordly sorrow about the things going on around us? I don't know, but I know God's good enough to help us figure it out.

Hendrick Family said...

I've heard those verses too, but I feel like I've always read them, saw what Jesus said and then said stuff like...

"That's not really what he means."

I think that's our tendency.

So for me, I'm asking God to give me fresh eyes.

Aaron and I are asking each other what actions will follow this teaching?

Something MUST happen.

I can't stop crying today.

For the first time in my life, I don't want to "explain away" the clear teachings of Jesus.

One of the guys in our life group said something like this the other day...

"I get tired of people reading what jesus says, and then while teaching those words, saying that's not really what he's saying. We get mad when unbelievers do that...when they read something clear in scripture and then act like scripture isn't saying what it is clearly saying...but we're fine when we as believers dismiss clear teachings of Jesus or explain them away, putting them in terms we're more comfortable with."

So true.

I'm just tired of hearing what Jesus is teaching and then saying, "That's not what he means"...like Jesus sucks at communication.

He doesn't. He says what He means, and then I tell Him what he really means.

I don't want to be that person.

Heather

Bill said...

I LOVE David Platt!

What I appreciate most about this message and David's heart is that he keeps everything in perspective. What I mean is this...

Many times we make a fatal error when we start to dive into social issues is that we forget the gospel. We think that caring for others IS the gospel. We focus on the poor and the destitute and seek to help them for their sake (considering their plight is important, don't misubderstand, but stay with me - my point is there is something far MORE at stake than their plight). The error is subtle, but HUGE.

We care for the orphan and the widow and the poor because it is a vital and necessary expression of the gospel... but it, in itself, is not the gospel.

We care for the hurting because we we care for the hurting, but we care for the hurting because we are unwaveringly committed to the gospel. The gospel is always paramount; devotion to Christ is always priority. We cannot give aid becuase it alleviates the guilt we have for being wealthy and we cannot give aid because it is personally fulfilling but because the GOSPEL demands it.

If we eliminate hunger only to send people to hell on a full stomach then we've missed it. God is honored when we get our hands dirty, love people, and spend ourselves for His sake and for the sake of the gospel. Every other motivation is not only subject to great corruption, but fails to honor God.

I praise God for preachers like David Platt and pray that we never stop grappling with the radical nature of the nature and implications of the gospel.

Rachel said...

We were both encouraged and challenged. I look forward to listening to the other messages in this series.

Anonymous said...

So far so good.

No not really good. Scary and crazy.

Crazy. That's one of the best words I can think of to describe Jesus' words at times.

When will I stop explaining away some of the "off-the-wall against everything we can comprehend as American Christians" things that our Lord and Savior said while He was living incarnate with us?

If we truly believe that those crazy words came from the one true God, who rescued us from our demise by the blood of the cross, then we can't help but follow such commands.

Lord, help me truly believe.

-Brock

Schulz Sightings said...

Oh, my goodness, i spent every free moment of last week listening to the whole series and posted on it, i think, the same day you did.
www.theschulzfam.blogspot.com
yes, my life is about to change!

Kristin Schroder said...

Wow. Thanks for posting this. Oh how my heart needed to hear this.

Melda said...

DUMMY AWARD:
Okay, I need a computer class, really. When I clicked on the "BLACK BOX" that said Radical. It went to the church website, but I didn't see anything to "play" the message, and then clicked around a bit and somehow ended up with iTunes opening..... but still, I don't see the sermon.
GOSH.......it's embarassing when your 10 year old knows more about technology than you do. (maybe I should wake him up to help me!)