Thursday, January 29, 2015

Living in awe

Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

Our “Engage” series comes out of a time of seeking God about His direction for our church. Ultimately, what we’ve heard is that He wants our church to be about His business. He isn’t necessarily calling us to be busy as much as He is calling us to be purposefully engaged. The past two weeks we’ve learned God’s plan for His church. We are all a necessary part of the organism called church. Notice that I said, “organism.”

A church is a living organism made up of members who are alive in Christ. As a person comes to know Jesus, He makes them fully alive. I remember my friend Scott Owens started a church a few years ago in San Francisco called Fully Alive after that truth.

Folks, I wish we could all come to the place of faith where we realize this truth. Knowing Jesus has made us new, set us free, and called us to serve Him is the most liberating knowledge we can have. The past two weeks we’ve been encouraged to Engage in Community and to Engage in Calling. These messages are critical for us to realize our full potential in Christ. If you missed them please watch them soon.

The huge distinction I want to make is this: God is not giving us life and unity and community and meaning just so that we can be self-actualized. No. Instead, He’s calling us to a place where we realize our blessings in Christ were given to us so that we could be empowered even more to shine for Him.

On Sunday, we’ll be talking about how to “Engage Culture.” When we come to church each week and hear from God, the experience is not just for us and our growth. What happens is that as God works in us, we are so inspired and live with such awe that everywhere we go we want to influence others to know Jesus and show His love to our world.

Engaging with you,

Saturday Prayer Focus: Penn Valley Community Church. On September 13, 2014, the church was engulfed in flames and completely lost. We want to continue to pray for Pastor David Hagey and the church as they look to rebuild and move into the future fully equipped for God’s calling on them. Let’s pray that there will be unity and willingness as they pursue the next steps in their journey.

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