We have been saying that church is FAMILY. But the question that we should be asking ourselves today is why did God put us together as family? Did God have anything in mind when he planted us here in this place. Did God had anything in mind when He called us to be part of South Calgary Community Church ? Or you think we are here by accident? I am convinced that He had something in mind. He established us here with a purpose.
In the past few years God has developed South Calgary into a church of love and service. Along the way He has led us into times of confession and times of equipping each other. We believe that God has prepared us to be a church of outreach and discipleship. The question in this sermon is , “What is God wanting to do in your life?” Are you willing to commit to increasing the love you have for others, and the service you do for others? Are you ready to commit, as an individual, to being a person of outreach and discipleship?
Beginning in November 2012, I experienced a difficult time of my life. At one point, in prayer to God I said “I didn’t sign up for this!” What I learnt through the experience is that I needed to trust God even when it didn’t make sense. This message looks at the experiences of Gideon, Moses and the Apostle Paul as we explore the idea of trusting God when it doesn’t make sense.
The mission that Jesus gave the church is to “be witnesses”, to “make disciples” of Jesus Christ. As we celebrate Pentecost we are reminded that the Spirit of God has been given to us; the Spirit is in us. We will not presume to be able to fulfill the mission of Jesus on our own. As individuals and a church, we will rely on the power of God’s Spirit in us to be witnesses of Jesus.
South Calgary Community Church is not the church it was 10 years ago, a lot has changed and much of the change has been difficult. There are two questions we should be asking: “what does God want from us today?” and “who is God creating us to become?”
King Uzziah’s sin was in the casual was he attempted to approach God. He thought that he had the right to bypass the priests and go directly to God. He thought that he could bypass the brazen alter (for the confession / forgiveness of sin) and enter into the presence of God. Isaiah is a massive contrast. As he realized that he was in the presence of God – the King of Kings, his first response was confession. As disciples of Jesus we dare not enter His presence casually – we must always be ready to confess sin.
Both King Uzziah and the Prophet Isaiah had a mission from God to accomplish. Uzziah, though he started well and “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord’ allowed pride into his life. The pride resulted in sin, judgment, and his being unable to complete the mission God gave him. Replacing spiritual pride with a humility before God is one of the major challenges we face as a church and as Christians in North America.
One of God’s expectations for His disciples is that we are serving Him. As we are serving, we need to be asking ourselves “why am I serving?” “What is my motive.” Id our serving from selfish motive such as to relieve guilt or to look good? Do I serve because I think God needs my help? Am I serving to obey God? Or am I serving because I have a love for God’s people? Any motive other than love is like shinning a spotlight in the wrong direction. As we serve from a motive of love, the spotlight will shine on Christ.