Ken Fong - Going On The Journey, But Missing The Adventure - 090301

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Ken Fong - Going On The Journey, But Missing The Adventure - 090301

  1. 2. Going on the Journey But Missing the Adventure
  2. 3. Does This Shoe Fit? <ul><li>In his 19 th century essay John Stuart Mill maintained that Christians have the amazing ability to say the most wonderful things without actually believing them. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Blessed are the poor and humble” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ It’s better to give than receive” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Judge not, lest you be judged” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Love your neighbor as yourself” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ The sayings of Christ co-exist passively in their minds, producing hardly any effect beyond what is caused by mere listening to words so amiable and bland.” John Stuart Mill, “On Liberty” (1859) </li></ul>
  3. 4. Like a Little Child <ul><li>“ Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:16-17 </li></ul><ul><li>What does Jesus mean here? And how would it change our lives if we lived as if it were true? </li></ul>
  4. 5. To Live Alive to God Now <ul><li>Receiving the kingdom of God here doesn’t just mean receiving the saving gift of life forever in heaven. It also means receiving and living in the kingdom and rule of God NOW . </li></ul>
  5. 6. How Does a Child Come to Jesus? <ul><li>In weakness, vulnerability, and neediness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said : ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’ ” Matthew 18:2-4 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do we really believe God’s power is made perfect in our weakness? (2Cor 4 & 12) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Missing the Adventure <ul><li>Ten-year-old Gary’s dad wanted to lead him and his two older brothers on a hike to where climbers gathered before tackling massive Mount Rainier. </li></ul><ul><li>Gary refused and spent the entire day in the Visitor’s Center, a decision he only admitted regretting years later. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Many of Us Are Starting to Suspect That We’re Stuck at the Visitor’s Center <ul><li>Our heavenly Father is offering us a simple proposition: Follow me beyond what you can control, beyond where your own strength and competencies can take you, and beyond what is affirmed or risked by the crowd—and you will experience me and my power and my wisdom and my love. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus beckons me to follow him to that place of weakness where I risk the vulnerability of a child so that I might know how strong my Father is and how much he loves me. But I would rather behave like an adult. </li></ul>
  8. 9. The Source of Abundant Life <ul><li>How do we find that abundant, heroic life for which we were made? How do we enter in to God’s kingdom now and experience the authentic power and presence of God? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When I take my gifts, passions, training, and strengths beyond the places of safety and control, and into the sphere of the kingdom where I actually, desperately, need God to be God. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Searching for the Heart of God this Lent </li></ul></ul>

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