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1-21-2018 - Outlines of Creation

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We need to learn the boundaries God has created around us in order to grow in Christ and thrive.

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Thesis: We need to learn the boundaries God has created around us in order to grow in Christ and thrive.
For Kids: Kathy - how she learns from God
Me

The Terror of the Blank Page

I work 10x faster and better with specific parameters to my writing.
We

We need separations, boundaries, parameters in our lives

And we aren't born knowing what they are.
We need help learning them so we can live in a way that helps us grow and thrive.
If we don't learn them we are stuck trying to guess our way through life... which was not what God intends for us.
We have more responsibility than that.
It's not just about getting through life ourselves.
We are called to serve others and help our community thrive.
God
Genesis 1:6–8 NIV
And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
Genesis 1:6-

Water is difficult to separate

6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
Water is difficult to separate
Ice is easy
Fog, mist, and steam are not impossible.
But water is a huge challenge.

If darkness was the first symbol of chaos, water was the second because water never stays under our control

We react to it.

New life comes from separating water.

Red Sea
River Jordan
Birth
Children are not considered "born" until they are separated from their mother's body.
Genesis 1:9–10 NIV
And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:9

A foundation to stand and build upon

9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
A foundation to stand and build upon
Salvation without Foundation
Kewanee Assembly of God
Big youth group
Closed 3 times since I left
What's in your foundation?
Who do you want to be like?
Who do you see Jesus in?
Are those characteristics and attitudes working their way out in you?
Are they spreading to those around you?
Genesis 1:11–13 NIV
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
Genesis 1:11-
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

The the land can produce sustainable food

What does sustainable spiritual food look like
In one ear and out the other is not eating
You don't eat with your ears
"My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
John 4:34 NIV
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
Genesis 1:14–19 NIV
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

Place and time for everything

Celebrations
Birthday parties are good
Not if we celebrate them 5 or 6 times a year

They lose meaning without being set aside as special times

Spending or saving money
Sex
Chocolate
Madilyn's first chocolate milk
13th, 24th, 73rd time we probably won't remember.

Tithing your time

2 hours 20 mins
1 hour in the morning
1 hour at night
20 minutes in the middle
Can you do it?
What would you have to give up?
That's your TV time

Separating your time

Is there a difference between TV time and God time?
Is there a difference between God time and work time?
Is there a difference between God time and family time.
Where these blur together, God ends up losing you and you lose your witness

Not alone

You don't have to have God time alone though
You can bring friends, family, coworkers along
You just have to let God be in charge of the agenda.
What would it look like to invite friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers into your personal time learning from God?
That'd be the best evangelism and witnessing ever!
You
Are you learning the parameters God has for your life in Christ?
Are you practicing and living them out?
Are you noticing your growth?
We

When we stop learning we stop growing

Newsletter Article from 4th Avenue UMC, one of the biggest churches of the former Louisville Conference - in Louisville.

So, it’s a New year—and it is a year of decision for us here at 4thAvenue.
By now, I suspect you’ve heard something about our last Churchwide Conversation on Renewal. At that meeting, I reviewed our current financial state and our budget for 2017. We also talked about the facility issues that we face here at 4th. And so, we’ve been asked by the Bishop to enter in to a time of reflection, prayer, and discernment.
That all focuses on an important question for us—“Are we, the current congregation at 4th Avenue, able to accept and implement the deep changes that will be necessary if we are to become relevant to our surrounding community and effective in our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world? And if not, are we ready and willing to let go and place our assets and liabilities in the hands of the Kentucky Conference so that they may resurrect a new congregation to carry on the work of ministry in the downtown?”
This is a hard decision, because it would mean the closure of 4thAvenue’s worshipping congregation. The District and Conference would accept responsibility to help keep the Open Door going as well as the Dental Clinic. The Healing Place would still be welcome to come and have their classes here. But the worshipping congregation would close, and work would begin to create a new church that would be able to be for 2020 and beyond all that 4th Ave. was for the world of the 1950’s and beyond.

We want to grow together and encourage one another in our growth because we need each other.

Accountability is not just about making sure we don't do bad things, nor to make sure we are doing enough good things
Accountability is like marking our growth, like parent's marking their children's height... and celebrating it and encouraging it...
And sharing with the world around us that this is a faith family you can join and become a new creation in Christ!
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