December 14th, 2009

A Heart Like His

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A Heart Like His

I think that part of what Dani and I are called to do is to help others understand why we are doing what we are doing. I want others, both Christians and non-Christians, to come to share our passion and desire to see people believe in the One who is greater than themselves.

One of the things that Dani and I have been learning about is the idea that, as Christians, our involvement and relationships with other people go beyond pleasing ourselves. They go beyond staying in the city where our parents live. They go beyond the college where we graduated. They go beyond a two-week mission trip. We are not to be self-pleasing, self-aggrandizing, self-fulfilling. Our love for Jesus should be reflected in how we love our neighbor, not ourselves. (matthew 25:40-46, 1 john 2:3-6)

We are called

We are called to be fishers of men, people who seek out those who are hurting. Jesus pursued both the Jews and the Gentiles. There was no regret, no apathetic plea; it was whole-hearted. It was pure, and full of love. He wanted people who loved Him and loved others. One of the hardest things to learn in church culture today is this message, “If we say we love God yet hate a brother or sister, we are liars. For if we do not love a fellow believer, whom we have seen, we cannot love God, whom we have not seen.” 1 John 4:20

I’m including a talk by Todd Ahrend (The Traveling Team/On Facebook) that our home church had this last Sunday. It is about who God is, and about His passion for people. The title of the talk is “God is Missional.” In this sermon, you’ll hear God’s heart for all people throughout history. There is no easy way to put it, Jesus is missions minded, and, if you believe in His teachings, you are called to live a life that makes His name known. There is no easy path, no earthly resolution, no self-help solution. (1 john 2:15-17)

Sermon: God is Missional

[audio:http://www.thegrovechurch.org/teachings/2009/121309.mp3]

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices.
psalm 37:7

Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
psalm 46:10

3 Responses to “A Heart Like His”

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  • Melinda says:

    Your insights are right on..We are so proud of you guys and this journey you are on..Love you and we are praying for you…mom

  • Hannah says:

    It’s sooo not about us! I need to be daily reminded. We are blessed, not for our own gain, but to bless others. Our pain, our happiness, our fear, whatever, we need to give them all to Jesus, it’s his problem to deal with, not our own…and when others come to us with a need, we need to always poor them to the one whogives gain in time of need. What an incredibly majestic beautiful God we have. I wish you could see Hillsong United’s film I Heart the Revolution: we’re all in this together…amazing. Your guys’ insight and understanding of the Father will bless others. I love you and believe in you and your God-dream!!!

  • Dennis says:

    I am so proud of you and Dani. I am so excited for you as well…

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