Here we look at the story of Barnabas, zeroing in on Acts 13 and highlight how he (and Paul) strongly urged the new believers to continue in the grace of God. Why must we be strongly urged to continue in the grace of God? How does a ruckus-making God factor into this exhortation to continue in the grace of God?
The “unclean” woman demolishes and disrupts the prevailing sensibility of who gets to touch the Rabbi. Jesus. God.
God makes a ruckus with this woman, with her audacious action, with her enduring story.Who gets to touch God? The one with the felt need. What touches God? A felt need. Here’s the ruckus we bring to this world: the Good News is Jesus at the point of need- your need. The terror in the ruckus is this: no need – no touch.
In this talk we explore 3 things:
1. How we identify our need
2. How we openly acknowledge it
3. How we use it as our access point
to touch Jesus
The 4th point is a freebie: how we bring this ruckus to our friends and neighbours
One of my favourite modern thinkers is a guy named Seth Godin. He has a phrase that he repeats over and over again: “Go make a ruckus”.
In my 30-ish years of following Jesus, one of the most consistent characteristics of God’s movement in my life (and, honestly, everyone else I know too) is that He seems to be really comfortable with turning things upside down.
Throughout September we’re going to hear personal stories woven with stories of biblical characters. Stories that highlight moments where God seems to become a ruckus-maker. Because yes, following Jesus leads through disruption, discomfort and occasionally even demolition. Unto what? All things new, that’s what.
Speaker: Jason Baskerville ***Note: This was recorded at the Cambridge Vineyard. We at the Guelph Vineyard joined our sister church for their service this past week.
We are bombarded daily with messages about what we need, what we deserve, how we should live, parent and what we should accomplish in our lives. Many of these messages offer us information and motivation, but little in the way of intimacy and relationship, the language that brings us closer to God and builds healthy community with each other. How would our perspective on our community change by becoming aware of how we relate to this first language?
John 1:4 “Life was in him, and that life was the light for all people.”
Who remembers the wrist band slogan-turned-acronym: “WWJD (what would Jesus do)? On some level, sure, this is helpful, particularly for “should I or shouldn’t I?” kinds of questions. But as a prime way of expressing the Kingdom in our lives, it falls a bit short of the biblical idea of “Christ in us”.
“…as a disciple of Jesus I am with him, by choice and by grace, learning from him how to live in the kingdom of God. This is the crucial idea. That means…to say that I am learning from Jesus to live my life as he would live my life if he were I. I am not necessarily learning to do everything he did, but I am learning how to do everything I do in the manner that he did all that he did.” – Dallas Willard, “The Divine Conspiracy” – Emphasis mine.
In this talk we ask the question: What would it mean “to live my life as he would live my life if he were I”?
My dad tells the story of having been a regular church-goer throughout his entire childhood. Yet, as he recalls it, even after an entire childhood of church attendance, he cannot remember ever hearing the gospel of Jesus proclaimed until he was in his 30s!
Without the gospel of Jesus, we have nothing. All our talk of hope, of human flourishing, of lives restored, of justice championed, even of wholeheartedness and love…it all falls flat if not infused with promise of Jesus’ redeeming, restoring, saving work in our lives.
*Please note, this talk has important accompanying images. They can be accessed by right clicking the link below and downloading the attached file.
We are coming to the close of our teaching series on Wholeheartedness. We’ve considered the idea of “wholeheartedness” through Jesus’ understanding of the greatest commandment, found in Matthew: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…..and…. Love your neighbor as yourself.’’
The reality is that every bit of scripture we’ve been reflecting on, and in fact, the overall story of the bible, is cast in light of God’s redemptive work in all creation. He desires for all creation to be wholehearted in Christ “and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. ” – Colossians 1:20. His redeeming work in your life and mine isn’t simply about us. It’s all about the beautiful work of God. It’s all about the gospel.
Guest Speaker: Scott Roe, Lead Pastor at the Cambridge Vineyard.
We all love a good mystery, providing we know there’s a solution at the end of it. However, that all depends what your definition of solution is. For most of us, life is one mystery after another, and with each mystery we are on a quest for a solution. Jesus points us to the one solution for all of life’s problems, challenges, and victories. It’s not what you think.
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