We are working our way through the letters of the word 'WORSHIP' in this teaching series. We are discussing some of the Spiritual Disciplines practiced by followers of Jesus all over the world. The overall title for our series is, "Making Space for God in our Daily Lives". Today we come to a cluster of disciplines that are designed to help us think about those things in our lives that may have crept into such a place in our hearts that they have overtaken our 'first love'. 'Relinquishment' is the idea of 'letting go' of those things in order to 'take hold of the life that is truly life' (1 Tim. 6:19).
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'O' is for Openness to God
In this 2nd message in our series regarding Spiritual Disciplines we examine the Scriptures with this question in mind: how can I become more aware, more attentive, more conscious of God in the day to day routines of life. Several verses from 2Corinthians 3-4 remind us of the unspeakable privilege we have of intimate relationship with the God of all Creation - a privilege only granted to us because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Today our desire is to be reminded of this immense privilege and to put it into practice in our lives through attention to one or two of the Spiritual Disciplines that direct our attention God-ward on a daily basis.
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Dear Friends of ICB,
Please note that beginning January 18, 2015 we will begin our new service structure consisting of 2 morning services and NO evening service.
WHY? For some months now we have been struggling to find enough space for people to sit on Sunday mornings. Sadly, many people have had to stand. Our strong desire is not simply that you might be able to come and find a seat, but that you might also be able to invite a friend to come along with you! Please note carefully the times and details as listed below.
HOW WILL IT WORK?
Please join us for either of 2 (mostly identical) morning services! Both services will include worship through music, prayers, reading and study of Scripture. Every first Sunday of the month, we celebrate Communion (Lord’s Supper) together.
9:15am - 10:45am Service #1
10:45am - 11:15am COFFEE TIME FOR ALL
11:15am - 12:45pm Service #2
W is for Worship
We contemplate today one of the most well known verses with regard to the idea of worship. Romans 12:1 says, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship." God desires that we seek Him. He longs to be found by us! How can we seek Him? The cluster of disciplines we consider today include: Celebration, Gratitude, Communion, Rule for Life, Sabbath and Worship. The question for each of us is: how do we most effectively worship God? What is one practice that I can put into my daily life that will draw me to more fully offer my body as a living sacrifice to God, which is my true and proper worship?
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We begin the New Year by hearing a beautiful invitation from Jesus: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matt. 11:28-30) Rest for your souls! What does that mean to you?? Taking Jesus' yoke upon us implies the idea of total surrender to Him and to His values. In return is this indescribable gift of grace: rest... for your souls.
Today we introduce the main ideas behind the series of sermons over the coming 7 weeks. Rooted in the word 'WORSHIP', these messages will be an examination of what we sometimes call 'spiritual disciplines'. At the heart of the series is a desire to make space for God every day; to live lives that are attentive to His ongoing presence and to live in such a way that our whole life is an act of worship to Him. The disciplines are simply habits and practices that we can put into our lives to help us to walk closer to Him. After all, the invitation from Jesus is: 'Come to Me...' May it be!
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