SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2022
10:30 AM (in-person + kids + communion)
Telos - A Series on Becoming Centred
04 - Constructive Truth
To understand the commands, ethics... the “rules” of the New Testament, requires knowing that Love comes first. The facts on the ground have been changed by Jesus, and he attacks religion head-on. The Centred-Set Community learns to speak the language of gift, of grace, of curiosity before speaking about new ways of living. Our vision must be corrected before we see change in our lives and world.
OPENING THE MAP
REVIEW: Ways to build community: Bounded, Fuzzy, or Centred
THE DRIVE A centred community still calls people to change by focusing their lives on the centre. The centre matters. However, this does not mean we do it in a “bounded” way. “You should do X to demonstrate to God and others that you are a good Christian” (101).
Imperatives and Indicatives
Imperative: something that is imperative (see imperative entry 1): such as (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imperative)
Paul was never answering the question of what we should do [‘where's the line?!’] by saying something first about what God has done -Robert Hill (CSC, 103).
Paul’s imperatives flow from his indicatives. -Mark Baker, (CSC,103).
Indicative: Proclaimed; declared; public; showing, signifying, or pointing out; expressive or suggestive. State a reality.
Change the messaging
“Seasoning our speech with indicatives that undermine bounded-church religiosity by proclaiming God’s unconditional love will help people experience commands in a more centered way, but the wording of the imperatives themselves is also important” (Baker, 104).
FINAL LIST Exhorting without binding... [asdf...]=[leave blank on paper outline, answers on screen]
1. include _______________________________
2. include words of _______________________________
3. use more _______________________________
4. link imperatives with indicatives about _______________________________
5. include _______________________________ indicatives
6. avoid using the words _______________________________
7. invite people to _______________________________
8. use directional _______________________________ language
9. use alternative _______________________________
10. connect sin and repentance with _______________________________
These videos present three types of churches as pure and distinct categories. The reality is more mixed. Many churches or ministries are a mix of bounded and centered, fuzzy and centered, or even a mix of bounded and fuzzy—many fuzzy churches are often bounded about one thing—judgmental of those that are bounded! For the purposes of explanation, I will keep the categories clear and distinct, but as you reflect a good question is:
3. What are ways we are bounded, fuzzy, or centered?
The point is not to put yourself in a category, the point is to become more centered. The key question, applicable to all, regardless of how you answered the previous question is:
4. How can we become more centered?