Getting Gritty

Gritty= "Real, unfiltered life."

This past Sunday, Pastor Ian gave an outstanding sermon on "Hungering for the Harvest" from John 4:27-42.  If you haven't listened to it yet, you can hear it by clicking here.  

Sermons can be exciting and inspiring in the moment, but then we leave and real life settles in.  In the midst of grinding it out at work and running around with the busyness of life it can be easy to move on from what we heard.  But God wants His word to get gritty in our lives.  He doesn't want is word just to be inspiring, but transformational.  Not just exciting, but making a real difference in the real stuff of our lives.  He wants us to be more than hearers.  He wants us to be doers of what He teaches us.  

Pastor Ian taught us that hungering for the harvest comes from:

  1.  Renewing your affections (talk with others and pray)
  2.  Reorienting your values (hold our agendas loosely...  Live with flexibility- People are always the priority) 
  3.  Recognizing your opportunities

Renewing your affections-  How can you stir your affections for Jesus?                                        

1. Pray for your affections to be stirred through the filling of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:14-19)                                                                 2.  Read God's word every day and don't stop reading until you have learned something, or have been reminded about something, that stirs your affections for Jesus.                                                                                                                                                                  3.  Let other people help you stir your affections through reading their books that help you get into THE book.  Some recommendations would be:  Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper, Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson, Scandalous by D.A. Carson, any sermon by C.H. Spurgeon.                                                                                                                                                   4.  Talk to others about Jesus.  God has created us to get stirred up through sharing with one another.  Ask other people what they have been learning about Jesus and share what you have.  Pray for one another.  Tell non-Christians about Jesus.  The more we talk about Jesus, the more we will grow to love Him.

Reorienting our values-  How can you orient yourself around the value of mission?                      

1.  Remember that people are always the priority.  Don't let what you planned on doing take you away from what God is giving you opportunity to do.  

Recognize your opportunities-  How can you see the missional opportunities that God is giving you today?                                  

1.  Pray.  We are naturally selfish, self focused people.  We need the Holy Spirit to fill us so that  we might see the opportunities that God is giving us.                                                                                                                                                                                                 2.  Pray with other Christians for opportunities.  Having other people pray with us is not only a  way to experience even more of God's power, but is a built in accountability tool to make sure that we are taking the opportunities that our friend/family member/spouse/child prayed that we would have.                                                                                                                                         3.  Be bold and take the opportunities that come.  In a lost and dying world, the issue usually isn't a lack of opportunities, but our own fear that prevents us from taking them.  Don't wait to not be afraid, but know that you will be afraid and do not let that stop you.

Resting in our identity in Jesus, let's get gritty Christ Church!

-  Pastor Jeff

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