from Acts 8:26-39
“Come and see,” seems like a simple enough invitation doesn’t it? Even Philip’s following the call to “go” is a simple enough response…
The thing we must wrestle with, the question we must be willing to hold the mirror up to our lives on is critical. It not only creates the space in which God is able to work, but it serves as the catalyst for being one who tells the story of Who God is, and that is quite simply:
Are you willing?
w/ Vern Collins
Testimony from Piper Collins
from 1 Peter 2:4-11
What drives your life? For many wrapped up in whatever they may do is a search for an identity, or a means by which they are defined…
What if rather than working so hard to create an identity for yourself, you embraced the identity God longs to offer you through His Son Jesus? And what if that identity called you to live your life on behalf of those around you…regardless of where you find yourself planted? Part of a royal priesthood…that the world may know.
from Ephesians 4:1-16
It does not take long in this life before we begin working to be seen as being worthy…worthy of affection, worthy of attention, worthy of responsibility, worthy of advancement, worthy of acceptance. Too often, we will go to great lengths to prove our worth, and too often come away feeling more unworthy for what we sacrificed in the process.
What if you began to live out of the worth you are already given in Christ? What if you rather than living to prove your worth, you strived to live a life that reflects the fact that you have already been called, “worthy.”
And what would it look like to do that in the context of the Body that is the Church?
w/ Vern Collins
from Luke 5:1-11
What if the confidence you find in your new beginning has nothing to do with what you have accomplished and secured for yourself, but everything to do with the One Who has secured it for you?
In week 4 of our “New Beginnings” series, we look at the invitation, not to membership, but to mission; not to program, but to passion; not to safety, but to sending.
w/ David Hockett