Small steps in faith

Sunday, September 12, 2010

An Epilogue to James: The Source of Our Works

These are my notes from Apex this morning.

Matthew 11:25-30

Rob recommends that we read
1. The commands of Jesus in all 4 gospels
2. "Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream" by David Platt.

You can do something religious and still lose Jesus in the process. Rob used the example of Joseph and Mary on their trip to the temple when Jesus is 12.

When you don't care for a car's motor it can crack
For us..when we do spiritual things off of a checklist.we can crack spiritually
It's easier to work for Jesus than walk with Jesus

Important attributes of walking with Jesus and not just working for Jesus

Practical intimacy with God (v. 25-27)
Often we say "I feel close/distant to the Lord"
What does that mean?
We let our emotions dictate . There is no intimacy without behaviors of intimacy
Jesus was always in conversation with God. He would even distance himself from others and pray.
When you have intimacy, you will have a growing awareness of grace.

All of us have multiple yokes
Jesus is saying quit doing that type of work and do this type instead.
Are you bearing the right yoke?
Jesus has done the heavy lifting
He has infused with his strength for his work v.28-30
Gospel work involves pain and bruises on the outside and our soul is renewed
Which yoke are you bearing this morning?
If it's hard and you're're bearing your own yoke(the heavy yoke)'re not bearing the right yoke(the lighter yoke)


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