Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Purpose of the church and you
by Erik Momsen
People all around us, among us, and perhaps even you yourself, are in the worst possible mess. So many cannot manage their lives and all they know is that it is not working. Many feel they have lost the reason to live or perhaps more correctly they have never had a real reason. They only thought they had a reason.
You see, nothing we do on earth is the reason for living if it is not seeking what God wants. Your reason for living is not being a butcher, baker or candlestick maker - if you are not God's butcher, baker and candlestick maker. We live to fulfill the purposes of God or we live a potentially meaningless and painful life. Jesus did say as the absolute guide to life;
"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all thing will be added to you."
I also want the "all things" Jesus is talking about but I know that God must come first in all things.
This sermon has only one thing to say. God's ways and wishes are the only ones worth living. Stated another way: God's purposes for the world must be mine. The closer I can align my purposes with those of God, the better things will go for me.
THE PURPOSE OF GOD FOUND IN HIS PRAYER
At some point in the earthy life of Jesus (Matthew 6:5-14) His disciples asked Him how to pray. They might as well have asked Him, "How do we align our lives with the purposes of God". You see, praying is not getting God to fix up your mess. Praying is getting your life in line with God so you don't get into the mess in the first place. The Lord's Prayer is much more than a prayer. It is a program for the church and hence your life.
SIX PURPOSES OF GOD FOR THE CHURCH & US
The Lord's prayer has six pillars for us to build our lives upon. The first three relate to the nature and will of God. The second three relate to our lives, attitudes and actions.
"OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN" - Father of us, the One in the heavens.
The point is ----- God exists, He is over all and our personal Father.
People in the Western world and our type of community are fast losing their belief in the existence of God. Aliens seem more real than God. This is the first task of the church and hence all Christians: Get people to believe that God exists. Remind them at every turn. Without a living knowledge of God they will die.
"HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME" Let it be hallowed, the name of you.
The point is ---- God and His name must be honoured, respected, obeyed and worshipped.
This knowledge about God must be implemented in our lives. The Devil knows all about God but does not honour, respect, obey and worship the living God. With obedience comes peace, prosperity and blessing.
"YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN" - Let it come the Kingdom of Thee, let it come about the will of Thee, as in heaven also on earth.
The point is ---- God's rule and God's will need to be established on earth as they are already established in heaven.
God hates the state the world is in. God hates sin. God wants the earth to be in the same state Heaven is in.
We who have faith in His existence and who apply obedience and worship will do His work on earth. We do not exist for ourselves, but for the re-establishment of God's rule on earth. We are God's soldiers, destroying evil and giving good a chance to increase.
Paul has the same message for us:
"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him". (Hebrews 11:6)
Faith in the existence of God - allows us to come to Him and earnestly seek Him - which in turn releases God to bless us.
PROGRAM FOR THE CHURCH AND YOU
God exists - He is to be obeyed and worshipped - His Will is to be implemented - and we will be blessed.
Date Added: 2010-02-02
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