Our sermon texts were: John 4 and Hebrews10:19-24 (Hold fast - stir one another up to love and good deeds – persevere)
Purpose, Goals, Intentionality
VIM - Vision, Intention, Means - Dallas Willard
"Without VIM (or purpose goals, and intentionality) being understood, the inner person is left substantially as it was, as it is in non-Christians… That is why today you find many Christians circling back to non-Christian sources to resolve the problems of their inner life." Dallas Willard (these are essential if we are to make progress in Christian spiritual formation) (click here for an article by Dallas explaining his V-I-M principle)
Purpose – To Know God (My soul shall not find rest until it rests in Thee – Augustine)
People need Jesus. They need his love and mercy and grace. In this year ahead, let’s be determined and intentional to make Jesus known!
Here is a short thought provoking video clip by Francis Chan that we watched in Sunday School. As always you are invited to share your comments.
1/14/2014 07:27:39 am
I have been so blessed by my pastor and church family through discussion and interaction lately. This past sunday we were talking about believing in God or Christ and his teachings. Is it enough to say we believe? No! Noel mentioned that the devil acknowledges and believes God exists.Most people claim to be believers. How can we know we are true believers? What might constitute proof? Is it because we go to church every Sunday or give generously to church and charities in the form of cash, time or good works? Since being part of this church body I have learned that these are good things but, the answer is again, no. Jim brought up the issue of trust as being proof. Trust is the key. I still am in awe at the fact that after a life of "doing it on my own", I so quickly conceded and placed my trust in God, and was able to accept his will. Yes, I found myself between a rock and a hard place, but I could have chosen not to accept and trust him. Only when one believes and trusts in God do they receive salvation. When one reaches this point in their relationship with God you will also display an almost unexplainable ability to cope with life's worst fears and tragedies with strength and calmness, and a peace that surpasses all understanding.
1/14/2014 09:43:00 am
Brother Verne, the Lord has used your thoughts to fill my heart abundantly ! You are a blessing to many as you"go on your way"!
1/29/2014 12:20:38 pm
Brother Verne l thank you for your faithfulness and true love for GOD you are a true man and a believer, true inspiration to us all thank you for those words and being a brother in CHRIST. GOD Bless you
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