Small steps in faith

Saturday, May 01, 2010

"Our Future Humanity"

These are my notes from last week's sermon. My week has been a little chaotic i.e. our office is going electronic.

Living out our new declared humanity is propelled by hoping in our future glorious humanity. It's declared into our's not by works.
Our eternal "City of God" is what gets us from Sunday to Saturday

Hebrews 11 Abraham looking forward. Moses looking to the reward.

There is a phrase "You're so heaven minded that you're no earthly good"..this is a lie.
Those who are heaven focused are the ones who ARE doing good on earth

How does God help us hope in our future glorification?

1. He frustrates creation..If you are a follower of Jesus, you shouldn't be satisfied in your walk, "Even creation groans"
Volcanoes,hurricanes, tells us in Genesis 3 that the curse came down on creation.
Why?...Because if it grew in splendor, we would worship creation. An example is how Greeks and Romans created gods of creation
The tornado in Mississippi was an doesn't pick out certain knocks us down to what we believe and trust.

2. He gives us a groaning spirit..the Holy Spirit..Romans 5:5,2 Corinthians, Ephesians 1:13-15

Followers of Jesus...Human agents can't change culture from the inside out..only the gospel can. Don't put your hope in a human agent i.e. political persons

3. He promises us new bodies
In creation there is natural decay. 1 Corinthians 15:51-55

We wait with long suffering=patience
If you have trouble with patience..where is your hope? Are you dwelling on Christ when life throws you a curve ball?

Rob told a story about the flying Roudellas..when the flyer lets go he has to be still in order to be caught.
When you are served divorce papers, when you get bad news at a doctor appt,when your kids rebel:
"Be still and know that I am God"
He is going to catch you.....even if you die.

We hope in what we do not see.
What is competing for your hope?
What is clouding your vision of heaven?
What are the rhythms is your life?
Have I created an idol in God's gifting in my life?


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