“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
September 13, 2020
Call To Worship
“BLESSED BE YOUR NAME”
“GOD IS THE STRENGTH OF MY HEART”
Prayers of Intercession
Sermon: – DON AUXIER
Olivet Discourse: Mat. 24; Mark 13; Luke 21
“LET THERE BE”
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Jesus
Grace Communion International – We are an international Christian fellowship, on mission with the Father, Son and Spirit, living and sharing the gospel in ways that birth all kinds of churches, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places. As an international Christian fellowship, we have about 50,000 members formed into 900 churches spread across 100 countries.
God said it was not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). From our bridges in life, we each have a beautiful perspective of the Creator’s love, mercy, and glory. To concentrate only on our individual views is to miss out on opportunities to learn more about him from other vantage points. Individually, we are partial images of God, puzzle pieces that must be worked together by Christ and the Holy Spirit to more accurately portray the Father.
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.
1 John 4:15 (NIV)
The Bible’s diverse perspectives, particularly the differently focused accounts of the life of Christ in the Four Gospels, evidence our need for many angles on God’s story of humanity. John wrote that the world could not contain books reporting all our Lord’s deeds (John 21:25), which surely include the glorious saving work completed in the life of each of Christ’s followers. Though enjoying a bigger picture of God from this side of heaven requires accepting that all believers presently view him through narrow lenses, colored or clouded by personal perception and understanding, that limitation should not stop us from developing relationships offering a larger glimpse today of a fuller vision to come.
As you relinquish your desires to the Spirit for transformation from worldly to holy, you will develop a longing for the ideal fellowship of heaven. Mistaking that longing for perfect society as attainable in earthly life puts unrealistic expectations on your associations and yields discontentment. Dwelling on disappointment at challenging relations can leave others who love the Lord, fellow partakers of God’s grace, feeling judged as unworthy companions now.
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
Far too big for any one person to contain, God’s love is made complete through the entire body of Christ. You can witness more of it and of our need for it through building relationships based on forgiveness and mutual affection for the Lord. Seek to appreciate fellow imperfect Christians’ unique earthbound perspectives on loving and being loved by Jesus, while looking forward to the perfected views and finished testimonies they and you will share in eternity.
Search a challenging relationship for a God perspective you lack.
About the Author
Hi! I’m Jill. I have been a wife since 1993, a mother since 1998, and a freelance copyeditor since 1991. Outside a period of doubt and confusion in college in the late 1980s and early ’90s, I have identified as a Christian most of my life. But my true moment of surrender happened at a music concert in 2007, after seven difficult years of struggling with undiagnosed chronic illness.
While I have not experienced complete physical healing, the years since have been a miraculous journey of getting to know God better and leaning on him for all aspects of my health and well-being—spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical. I look forward to taking up residence in my heavenly home and, in the meantime, am grateful for every day this life allows me to discover more about God and my siblings in Christ and to sing God’s praises.
Jim Nevins–, age 90 is back home, prayers for comfort and healing.
Tammy Higginbotham– prayers for continued healing
Ena – Barb Hudson’s neighbor with kidney failure
Carl Franz (Laf) – prayers for Anita
Barbara Rogers-Recovery from serious accident
Our Nation, Our World, All People Thy Kingdom come Lord, but until then let us shine the light of Jesus’ love and understanding to all.