John 14:12
September 9, 2020, 7:00 PM

John 14:12
ESV
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

In order for the church to be the primary vehicle for a Christian impact on public life, church leaders must “sell” what it has to offer to a pluralistic, secular world. Not “selling” in the crass commercialism of 5th avenue, but rather in making an appeal, effectively and engagingly, to people who must become motivated to want what the church has to offer…

Think for a moment what this statement is truly saying as I paraphrase Sue Ellen Page from her little treatise, “Hearts, Hands and Voice” 1995, Fitzsimmons Pub. We acknowledge that we are in competition with the world for the hearts and minds of our Cedar Falls flock. Work, pandemic, on-line school, sports, lack of sports, too much affluence, not enough and worst of all the seeming silence of God in the middle of our crisis.

If you take time to watch any of the super hero genre on TV or in film the entire premise is that the world is in trouble and the only way we can fix it is for us to become super humans, little gods, if you will. This is the takeaway our young people are inundated with on a minute by minute basis. Make your own reality, be your best self, don’t let someone define you, especially not God or the Bible.
Jesus said “ . . . whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do: and great works than these will he do . . . .” I firmly believe that if the world saw God at work in you and me we would find ourselves and this world a lot closer to the image that God desires than we are today. One simple but compelling way in fact the first step towards this is for God’s leadership, that’s you and me, to possess the integrity and authenticity of Christ.

When the gospel is consistently and clearly proclaimed and explained, contemporary people, through God’s grace, come to see its application as relevant to them and are summoned to a life of faith and service.
For us to challenge our culture we as leaders must first and foremost be believers. We must practice or craft out a sense of calling, even above that of duty or joy. We must echo in all our lives that God is the one who has called us. He is the initiator of this great salvation. If we could choose God then we could also define Him. God chooses us and even gives us the desire to come to Him so that even from the beginning we must acknowledge Him as God and in charge.

We must establish moments of private worship, daily. We must trust God in every part of our life and thank Him for every joy and trial. We must be real in every area and habit of our lives. Really God’s child even in our failures. This world will make fun of us for sure, but it will also be drawn to the reality of Christ in us just as a jeweler is drawn to a perfect gemstone.

Take a moment a prayer for each other, that as we lead in worship this week it will be from an outpouring of our daily private worship.