Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Good Church?

"I think sometimes we expect too much of one another."
I'm considering that as an opening line for this coming Sunday's sermon--a sermon based on Psalm 16:2 --

'I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”'
  • What if, instead of expecting others to be well-balanced and well-regulated, we expected that people were generally just doing the best they could but still needed a lot of help?

  • What if it was normal for people to regularly ask for prayer because things in their lives were just really hard?

  • What if there was no shame in repentance because confession and forgiveness happened every day?

  • What if we dealt gently with one another when we are ignorant and going astray instead of being harsh?  (See Hebrews 5:2 about Old Testament priests.)

  • What if we were amazed when things at church went well and gave all the credit to God who somehow managed to make lemonade out of us lemons?

  • What if we really depended on God instead of just "expecting" that things would somehow go well automatically?

  • What if we prayed first and always and only expected people to do good when given ability and strength by God?
That's a church I'd like to be part of.

How about you?

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