Last week we finalized our discussion on the vision statement. It reads: To be a Grace Centered, Outward-Facing Church with a Passion to see Christ’s Kingdom Flourish in the City and Surrounding Region. To begin the discussion we took a brief look at “Gospel Centered Living”, a book published by Serge. Here are some words from https://www.serge.org/.
[x_blockquote cite=”https://www.serge.org/” type=”left”]Serge is a verb that means “joining together rough edges to form a smooth seam.” We believe God weaves His goodness and grace into the ragged parts of our lives, making the tattered beautiful. It’s here we see His grace at the fray—in our life and in our work.”[/x_blockquote]
Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
What does it mean to Love God with your Heart. Soul. Mind? Below is a reduction of our conversation. For more information I suggest visiting L.W.P on the website. At this page you will see how we are connecting “Heart Soul Mind” to “Live Work Play”
H.S.M. is the christian understanding of the whole man. L.W.P. is the non-christian understanding of the whole man. Integrating these two paradigms reveals the divine value of activities we typically overlook as Christians. Such as: Work, Recreation, Art, Parenting, Sports, Reading, Social Causes, Entertainment, Reasoning. Each of these can be categorized in L.W.P. and H.S.M.
One of the most significant applications in this conversation was the absence of Christian Institution (Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Mission Trips, etc.) The point is NOT to invalidate these activities, but to amplify the redemptive power (and purpose) of all the activities which compose one’s life.
The Gospel touches the Whole Man! When we flourish in Jesus we become images of the LIVING GOD!
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