I invite you to listen to this last Sunday’s sermon, it’ll challenge you to the core! We had a powerful time…
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Jim Wallis writes: “The danger of secular fundamentalism is its allergy to spirituality and disdain for anything religious. Prophetic religion is the antidote to bad religion. Prophetic faith is not the battle between secularism and faith, but rather between cynicism and hope. Prophets begin in judgment, social critique of status quo, but end in hope – that those realities can be changed. It’s a spiritual choice. Ultimately, cynicism protects you from commitment. If things are not really going to change, why try so hard to make a difference? And if you have middle-class economic security (as many cynics do), things don’t have to change for you to remain secure. That is not intended to sound harsh, just realistic. Cynics are finally free just to look after themselves… Perhaps the only people who view the world realistically are the cynics and the saints. Everybody else may be living in some kind of denial about what is really going on and how things really are. And the only difference between the cynics and the saints is the presence, power, and possibility of hope… Hope is not a feeling; it is a decision. And the decision for hope is based on what you believe at the deepest levels. You choose hope, not as a naïve wish, but as a choice, with your eyes wide open to the reality of the world – just like the cynics who have not made the decision for hope.”
Remember if we want to receive the Kingdom of God, we HAVE to be child-like (not childish). The stakes are high…
Here’s a little checklist for you to assess how you’re getting on.:
Needy and dependent v self-sufficient and independent
Humble and teachable v proud and having the answers
Curious v indifferent
Joyful v serious
Forgiving v resentful
Faith-filled v sceptical
Pliable v brittle
Hopeful v cynical
Secure v doubting self
Trusting v fearful
Sermon notes available on request.
Thank you simon. Needed that this morning as I feel the heaviness of another ‘first world comfortable’ week of existence. Thirsty for more but it is so hard to break free of the many shackles that bind us and prevent us living with Child like faith.
Absolutely beautiful, and as always challenging. Thanks Simon.