These are my notes from my last message…take them for what they’re worth…

A TRANSFORMED HEART WHICH ENABLES US TO LIVE THE KINGDOM

From Brad talk: It?s about living the way God has created us to live, in harmony with him, with each other and with the rest of creation.?

Hopefully we are starting to say, ?I want to be of and about the things that Jesus is about, I repent from the way I think I should live this life and I want to follow Jesus? way. I want life!?

But reality sets in.

Yeah, this ?life? thing is a great ideal. This ?fully alive? thing sounds great. But man, life is so hard!
– I barely have the will to get myself out of bed in the morning, how can I possibly have anything to offer, how can I possibly do anything productive for the sake or the gospel.

The basic thought is this. We live from who we are in our hearts. Or, better understood. The condition of our heart, will determine the condition of our life.

– If our hearts are cold, no matter how hard we try to ?life the kingdom? we will fail.

– If our hearts are alive, we will be enabled, empowered to life lives that are being transformed and in turn, help transform our culture.

Where do we start? How do we get there? How do we start realizing this ?life? that Christ has to offer us?

Before we do anything, we need to get rid of our efforts to constantly classify the ?goodness? of other Christians.

Reality: We all say that ?I am just a sinner saved by grace? or ?I am no better than anyone else? or ?we all have our sin struggles.?

The truth is, when we walk into church, whether we say we don?t care what people think about us or not, we all want to be viewed as ?successful? or ?succeeding? in the Christian life.

Because we desire to be ?successful? we ask ourselves, who is a successful Christian?

The traditionally ?successful? Christian was someone who:
– Daily quiet time
– Active in some kind of church ministry
– Prayer meetings
– Good family values
– Knows the Bible really well
– Happy all the time
– They basically have things in order.
– Simply put, they look really good from the outside.

The traditionally ?struggling/failing? Christian was someone who:
– Isn?t really involved in ministry
– Doesn?t seem very happy
– Has a public ?sin? struggle

We walk in to church and we often start labeling the ?Good and bad?

We must move from this!

This culture kills life.

In this kind of culture, where the ?Good Christian? is based on external/surface things (even though we don?t say they are) we develop a external/surface Christianity.

We create Christians who deep down are struggling to sense any kind of real life whatsoever. But, they are not allowed to share that because to do so, would expose you. The unwritten culture says, ?Don?t show your struggle because if you do, you will be labeled that way forever.?

But, when we are in an environment where I can say, ?hey, I am struggling with this huge sin/emotional problem? and the response is, ?Wow, the fact that you even see that is a sign of Christ in you. You know, I don?t struggle with that, but man, I?ve got my own things that are just as deep.

All the sudden, your not sitting in the pig slop by yourself anymore. You?ve got a pig slop partner.

As we begin searching our hearts, we start seeing some things we don?t want to see. We become painfully aware of our inadequacy, we start to sense how deep we are in our slop.

We must be in an environment that allows us to express these feelings and begin healing.

Then, as we find those who we know will accept us as we are. We begin to fight for each other?s hearts. We begin to help each other out of the pig slop. Together, we work our way towards transformation. We can?t stay in the slop. We must move forward or it is pointless.

We must commit to moving from this point of awareness of our hearts, to living in an understanding of who God is making is to be.

How does this look?

Colossians 3
2:13 – When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

Questions to guide your heart searching:
Holy Spirit, show me where I am seeking things above.
Holy Spirit, show me where I am seeking things of the earth.

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