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Monday, February 15, 2010

Leftovers Anyone?

As promised, this week's "Crazy Love" topic proved at very least thought provoking and hopefully for some of us action evoking. John Riddle had the unenviable task of leading us in a continuation of the Lukewarm examination process Jason Moore began last week. This week's chapter five topic was titled "Serving Leftovers to a Holy God" and here are a few of the topics Chan proposed in this chapter:
  • To put it plainly, churchgoers who are “lukewarm” are not Christians.
  • Jesus’ call to commitment is clear: He wants all or nothing.
  • The thought of a person calling himself a “Christian” without being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd.
  • We’re willing to make changes in our lives only if we think it affects our salvation.
    I do not want true believers to doubt their salvation as they read this book. In the midst of our failed attempts at loving Jesus, His grace covers us.
  • We should have a posture of obedience and surrender, where a person perpetually moves toward Christ.
    God wants our best, deserves our best, and demands our best.
  • Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.
  • God’s definition of what matters is pretty straightforward. He measures our lives by how we love.
  • I fully believe that we are saved by grace, through faith, by the gift of God, and that true faith manifests itself through our actions.
  • How many of us would really leave our families, our jobs, our education, our friends, our connections, our familiar surroundings, and our homes if Jesus asked us to?

Not a "Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy" type of a class but a absolutely vital discussion to have periodically as we check our "straight and narrow" course. Thanks John for your leadership!

Next week, we will have a discussion related to Chapter 6 "When You're in Love".

See you there.

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