Engage Imperfection

Our Lofty Idealism would argue that all Christians should be perfect, but a blunt realism forces us to admit that perfection is rare even among the saints. The part of wisdom is to accept our Christian brothers and sisters for what they are rather than for what they should be.
We do not wish to excuse the laziness of the saints or to provide carnality with a place to hide, but it is necessary that we face facts. And the plain fact is that the average Christian–even true Christian–is yet a long way from being like Christ in character and life. There is much that is imperfect about us, and it is fitting that we recognize it and call upon God for charity to put up with one another. The perfect church is not on this earth. The most spiritual church is sure to have in it some who are still bothered by the flesh.

An old Italian proverb says, “He that will have none but a perfect brother must resign himself to remain brotherless.” However earnestly we may desire that our Christian brother go on toward perfection, we must accept him as he is and learn to get along with him. To treat an imperfect brother impatiently is to advertise our own imperfections.  – A.W.Tozer

We are going to learn a lot about each other as we meet on Wednesdays and discuss the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives. At times, sharing with others can be a little scary. We often holdback out of a fear of being judged or experiencing rejection. Engage groups are a safe place to share because as is seen in Tozers remarks above we are all imperfect. We encourage you to join one of the Engage Links and begin building friendships that will provide for you, even as you provide them, a network of support and love.  New Engage Groups Start Tomorrow at 7PM!

Legacy Reading Guide

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Jan. 5 sermon handout

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Legacy assignments for Jan. 1-7

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Beginning a Legacy

Jonathan and Sarah Edwards lived in the early 1700’s and by walking in faith in Christ left a legacy far beyond anything they could have imagined. Jonathan Edwards felt God’s call to become a minister, so he and his young bride began a pastorate in a small congregation. During the years that followed, he wrote many sermons, prayers, and books, and was influential in beginning the Great Awakening. Together, they parented eleven children. Sarah was a partner in her husband’s ministry, and he sought her advice regarding sermons and church matters. They spent time talking about these things together and, when their children were old enough, the parents included them in the discussions.

The effects of the Edwards’ lives have been far-reaching, but the most measurable results of their faithfulness to God’s call are found in their descendants. Elizabeth Dodds records a study done by A. E. Winship in 1900 in which he lists a few of the accomplishments of the 1,400 Edwards descendants he was able to find:

  • 100 lawyers and a dean of a law school
  • 80 holders of public office
  • 66 physicians and a dean of a medical school
  • 65 professors of colleges and universities
  • 30 judges
  • 13 college presidents
  • 3 mayors of large cities
  • 3 governors of states
  • 3 United States senators
  • 1 controller of the United States Treasury
  • 1 Vice President of the United States

What kind of legacy will you leave? Will it be lasting? Will it be imperishable and eternal? The apostle Paul instructed Timothy to invest his life in faithful men who would be able to pass God’s truth on to the next generation. Where does God want you to invest the time you have been given? I invite you to join with us as we journey together in discovering, recording and crafting our Christian legacy in 2014.  I believe that we, like Jonathan and Sarah Edwards, can see an impact far beyond our dreams and imaginations if we’ll walk intentionally into the things God has for us.

This blog will contain incremental posts until January 20 at which time we will begin consistent weekday postings. We hope that you will join with us both in the journey and in sharing about the working of the Holy Spirit within your lives.

Dec. 29, 2013 sermon recording

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Guest speaker: Rev. Mark Wilhoite