SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2022
10:30 AM (in-person + kids + communion)
Telos - A Series on Becoming Centred
03 - Walls or Wells
We continue our Telos Series on being focused on the centre or the ends. Groups of people connect and relate in three basic ways: Bounded, Fuzzy, and Centred. In the New Testament, the churches are called again and again to reject all but one way of being together. As we build on the first two messages in this series, we will look at the difference between healthy and unhealthy use of guidelines (commands, rules, etc.) and why we tend to revert to non-Jesusy ways of being together.
Review: Three Ways to Be Community
Centered-set church: allows for sincere and deep relationship
Fuzzy Church: Tolerance but only partial love and idolizes individualism
Galatians 2:14 But when I saw that they were not behaving consistently with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “If you, although you are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you try to force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
STORY: Applying Centre-Set to Serving in the Church
The Center Matters
What game are we playing?
STORY: A Merger
From Judgmentalism of people to judgment that is discernment and evaluation.
Luke 18 Parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. The tax collector is concerned about where he stands with God. The Pharisee is defining himself by the boundaries being violated by the tax collector.
Stuart Murray “Churches with healthy centers are secure enough to welcome those who are exploring faith and searching for authenticity. They are relaxed, non-judgmental communities where questions, doubts, dissent, and fears can be expressed, and where ethical issues do not preclude acceptance. They are inclusive without compromising, communities with deep convictions that are nevertheless open to fresh insights, churches that allow and encourage critical engagement with beliefs and behavior but test everything by its congruence with their founding story.” (CSC, 55).