“What did you do on the weekend?”

Sunday Service

  • 27 September 2015
  • Pastor Arnie (Al) Hall
  • All in service

Coming up:

  • Rugby World Cup Quarter Final
  • Here at church, Sunday @ 8am

Jeremy from Cambridge

  • Innovation Consultant
  • Former youth pastor

“What did you do on the weekend?”

  • We love extraordinary places.
  • We love extraordinary people.
  • We love extraordinary actions.
  • If we don’t do something extraordinary, we often reply “Nothing” to that question.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

  • Genesis 1:1
  • He made it all, so He is everywhere.

“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.”

  • Psalm 24:1
  • David acknowledges the fact that God is everywhere.

Isaiah

  • Walking to Jerusalem one day.
  • Could see the temple on the hill.
  • Assumes God is there and not elsewhere.
  • We are like that. We think God is in church but not at Countdown nor MHS nor Eden Park.

“The whole earth is full of His glory.”

  • Isaiah 6:3
  • Isaiah got a vision of God’s robe spilling out of the temple.
  • His glory filling the earth is like water filling a sponge. It’s everywhere.

Points

  1. Every place is extraordinary.
    1. God is in your home.
    2. God is in your school.
    3. God is in your business.
  2. Every person is extraordinary.
    1. “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them – to the Israelites.”
    2. Joshua 1:2. God calls Moses nothing more than his servant.
    3. Jesus spent time with fishermen, shepherds, politicians, tax collectors, businessmen, women of questionable character.
    4. “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.”
    5. 1 Corinthians 1:26
  3. Every act of love is extraordinary.
    1. “Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”
    2. John 13:1. Then he washed their feet – a very ordinary act made extraordinary by him doing it. It was usually the job of a servant.
    3. “Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink… The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

Brother Lawrence

  • A catholic monk in a monastery.
  • He wasn’t bright, so never preached, and couldn’t garden; so he was given the job of cleaning pots and pans.
  • He recognized that God was in the kitchen.
  • He cleaned to the best of his ability, for as long as he was alive.
  • He was an inspiration to many.

On a related note:

  • I gave a prepared speech at Toastmasters yesterday.
  • Seven minutes on the history, geography & meaning of the NZ Haka (Ka Mate, Ka Mate by Ngati Toa chief Te Rauparaha).
  • I enjoy putting thoughts into a coherent presentation (verbal or written) and either publishing or presenting it.
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