07/16 - Sharing the Stories

July 19th, 2017


Sharing the Stories

Psalm 145:3-7 (verse 3 cut off)

"3 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
No one can measure his greatness...."


  • Why we do the things we do...

    • "Vacation" Bible School = A LOT of effort!
    • An over-used phrase: "you planted a seed"
      • "6 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work." - 1 Cor 3:6-8 NLT
      • What are the seeds?
        • Holy actions done in Christ's name that make memories
        • ...and STORIES of the Good News of God's Love in Christ
          • Old and New Testaments, and personal testimonies
        • The Purpose of Church
          • Filling ourselves with sacred stories to have the Mind of Christ
          • Preparing ourselves for and facilitating ministries of service, so that we act as the Body of Christ
          • Praising and worshiping (loving!) God, culminating in that Great Day in which we all rest from our labors and worship in His Presence
        • Back to the Basics today...
          • In our songs and confessions we have worshipped...
          • In our participation and donation we have served
          • Now let us share remember the stories...
        • One Life Story, one Short Story, and one Parable (and how to read them)
          • With EVERY story we are called to not just gather information, but to place ourselves in the story, see ourselves in its people
          • A Life Story: Abraham's Journey of Faith
            • Called by God Have I had a vision that others could not see?
            • Along with his wife... Have I ever had to trust in another's plans, praying they're not deluded?
            • failed to trust God Have I ever struggled to trust God, or tried to fulfill God's promise through my methods?
            • Lot took the better fields. Have I ever been taken advantage of; have I taken advantage of another's good nature?
            • Yet Abraham argued with God to preserve Lot's life. Have I prayed for a friend who betrayed me?
            • Isaac is born, Ishmael and Hagar are cast out. Have I been betrayed, or the betrayer?
            • God tests Abraham Have I trusted God in times of disappointment and anger?
          • A Short Story: David and Goliath
            • Goliath mocked Israel. Have I faced an impossible task?
            • David could not believe it. Have I ever seen something others have missed, that seems so clear to I but to no others.  Have I been impatient with another unjustly?
            • When David offered to fight, king Saul gave David his own armor, but it just weighed David down. Have I been weighed down by others expectations of how things should be done? Or find myself saying, "but this is the way we've always done this!"
            • One slingshot, and one stone to goliath's forehead, was all it took. In a moment of crisis, have I trusted God, and been delivered?  Have I ever thought, "If I had trusted God, that might have been me!"
            • Saul would soon become jealous of David. Have I done the right thing, won the victory, and been punished for it?
          • A Parable: The Good Samaritan
            • “Who is my neighbor?”  Have I justified my behavior?
            • “A Jewish man was attacked."  Have I been injured by life?
            • “A priest came along and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over but also passed by."  Have I seen others ignore my pain.  Have I been to busy to see the pain of others?
            • “A Samaritan came along, and felt compassion for him." Have I given extravagant mercy and grace, as was given to me?
            • “Now go and do the same.” Have I heard the words of Jesus, and let them change me?
          • Making the Stories Ours
            • Wow preacher, I could have done that!

              • But are we doing it? And not just on Sunday or during VBS...
            • What are we?
              • Someone has said we are the sum of what we've done (our memories). We are more than that! 
              • But there is something to learn here about the Gospel:
                • If it is our memories that shape us
                • and our memories are the pieces of our story
                • then taking God's story into our heart shapes us into reflections of Him
              • Let Us Make His Story Ours!!
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