10
Mar
09

The Chase…

This past Sunday we launched a Faith Initiative that I believe is going to rock our church like nothing ever has! I’m going to post some highlights of that message and details of this Initiative over the next days and weeks.

I used to hate playing “chase” on the playground as a kid….What’s the point? You run around and get all hot and tired for no reason. Let me ask you to think about something…

What are you chasing? If you were to honestly answer that question what would you say? In our culture, most people are chasing possessions, power, pleasure.

Why are you chasing it?  Whatever it is you are chasing…why? For most, pride is the real reason. It is all about me. Mark Batterson in his book The Wild Goose Chase said:

The Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit-An Geadh-Glas, or ‘the Wild Goose.’ The name hints at mystery. Much like a wild goose, the Spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed. An element of danger, an air of unpredictability surround Him. And while the name may sound a little sacrilegious, I cannot think of a better description of what it’s like to follow the Spirit through life. I think the Celtic Christians were on to something…

Most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time. And that can be quite unsettling. But when things seem uncertain, we can also call it by another name: Adventure!

What should we be chasing? as the church…the body of Christ followers, not the organization…we should be chasing His purpose…

Ephesians 3:7-12 7 By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News. 8 Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. 9 I was chosen to explain to everyone this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning. 10 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Because of Christ and our faith in him,[b] we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

Again Paul admonishes Timothy in what he should pursue:

1 Timothy 6:10-12 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 11But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Paul says pursue righteousness…godliness…faith…love…endurance…gentleness… fight the good fight of the faith (don’t run away and hide) pursue the fight, be on offense…

Why should we be chasing it?

I shared a story back in August on our “vision Sunday” as we kicked off the new year. Take a look at this story and  one simple principle in it. (props to Steven Furtick for this insight) It’s the story of Elisha and the Widow’s oil …

2 Kings 4:1-7 1 The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”

2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”    “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a little oil.”

3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”

5 She left him and afterward shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”  But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.  7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

Capacity…the oil(blessing of the H.S.) ran out when her capacity to contain it ran out…I believe God wants us as a church to have the capacity to contain the blessings He has for us…the people He wants us to reach…capacity can mean physical, can mean resources, can mean people serving.  Why is this important? Here is the key verse for this whole campaign:

Acts 2:38-39 38Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

This is why we feel called to “Impact Another Generation By Changing People’s Perspective”.  This is why God has called us to join a “Wild Goose Chase” and step forward…on offense…to do just that in our community.

I hope that YOU will be @ The Ridge the next 7 weeks as we explore what this Chase is all about. God is going to do amazing things in and among and through us! Will you join me?

More to come…

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