Tomorrow is First Wednesday! I love our time of fellowship together and I am looking forward to our time of discussion.
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Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon is from: Acts 17:26 and Jeremiah 29:4-7. The title of this sermon is: A Theology of Place. This is week 5 in our Superheroes2 series.
Dr. Richard Twiss said, “When a Navajo baby is born, the parents bury the umbilical cord somewhere on the property near where their Hogan, or house sits. Why? So that the baby is always connected to the place it came from.”
Superheroes all come from a place. There is a city where every superhero is rooted. It is their homebase. It is where they belong. They call their city home.
- Batman is from Gotham City
- Spiderman is from Queens
- Arrow is from Star City
- Flash is from Central City
- Iron Man is from Long Island
No matter where they go or what battle they fight, they always return to the city that they call home.
Pastor Leonce Crump says, “Place captures our individual cultures, keeps safe our memories, binds us as a people, and gives that sense of belonging as much or more than anything else in the world.”
However, our society would lead us to believe that place is more of a theoretical concept. The idea is somewhat as geographer David Harvey says metaphorical, “We talk about the place of art in social life, the place of women in society, our place in the cosmos, and we internalize such notions psychologically in terms of knowing your place, or feeling that we have a place in the affection or esteem of others.”
Our society has taken place away from its purest form.
Superheroes are drawn or pulled into their city. They are compelled to live there, to fight for what they believe is right, to help as many people as they can. They are connected to the city that they live in. They identify with the people in that city. Those are “their people.”
Why do you live in the place where you live right now?
Acts 17:26 “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place”
This sounds a lot like Ephesians:
Ephesians 1:4-5 “even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.”
God in his sovereignty, determined before the foundation of the world when you would be born, how long you would live, where you would live, all according to the purpose of his will.
This idea of place is central to everything a superhero does. It is why they do what they do. It is also why what works for Batman, would not work for Spiderman.
The same idea works in churches. The idea of place must be grasped by churches because it is central to all of their ministry efforts. For example, what works for Hillsong in Australia may not work in Miami and what works for a church in Miami may not work for a church in Warner Robins.
This is great news for a church. The DNA of that city is part of the church. The people that make up the church live, work, play and shop in that city. That church should know their city better than anyone else.
I hope you wrestle with this. God has given every Christian the ability to impact the lives of other people and to influence and shape the culture in their city.
When God created the world, he called everything that he had made – good. The first man is responsible for introducing sin, death and rebellion into the world. However, God has never changed his mind. He still calls what he made – good. He also calls us his ambassadors. We are God’s ambassadors of good. We are agents of reconciliation and transformation.
There is a longing inside every superhero that their city can be better than the way it is right now.
There should be a longing inside every Christian that their city can be better than the way it is right now. Why? Because we long to see the world in the way that God intended.
In Colossians 1:20 Paul writes, “and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”
God is going to come and reclaim, rebuild, and restore what rightfully belongs to him. He is going to reconcile all things. All things really means all things.
Because God has determined before the foundation of the world when you would be born, where you would live, and the boundaries of where you would live, he placed you in this city according to the purpose of his will.
It is by God’s perfect design that you live where you live and work where you work. In other words, because you belong to God as his beloved child, you have been sent.
You are called to grow roots in the city in which God sent you.
You are sent. Understanding that you are sent is in the DNA of your identity in Jesus. It is who you are. Knowing that you are sent determines where you shop, where you go to the movies, what restaurants and coffee shops you frequent and where you workout. When you know that God has purposefully sent you, your decisions on where you spend your time becomes very intentional.
When you are sent, you are seeking renewal of your city through seeing Jesus redeem the people in that city.
When you are intentional about where you spend your time, you start to build relationships with the people in those businesses. Be intentional about continuing the relationship with those people. Jesus may use you to plant gospel seeds in their lives through simple things like sharing your story or handing them an invite card. Your actions may be what Jesus uses to redeem the lives of those you come in contact with.
Your city should be a better place because you are in it. You may never run for public office or mayor but Jesus can still use your gift, skills, and talents to impact the lives of people that you come into contact with on a daily basis.
How you live is a reflection of who you serve.
Keep this in mind. God sent you to the city. He did not send the city to you.
I believe that the church is fundamental in the restoration and transformation of the city through the restoration and transformation of the lives of the people in the city.
The blood that Jesus shed on the cross redeems every person that calls upon his name in faith to save them from their sins. Through Jesus, every believer is united as family.
I believe that a church is a family.
FaithPoint is family.
We don’t just love the city, we love the people in the city. We want people to feel welcome here at FaithPoint because we want FaithPoint to be the church that they call home.
Believe and live out the fact that you are sent.
Be intentional with where you spend your time.
Build relationships with people. Be their friend.
Look for opportunities to share your story or give out invite cards.
Embrace this place.
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
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