The Necessary Encounter (Writing on the Wall)

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Most encounters we have with God are a source of delight and inspiration, but there is a type of encounter that can be very scary. These encounters are a response to those parts of our life that we would rather remain hidden, the known but denied. Nevertheless, the necessary encounter is the act of a loving God to confront us about those things that will, if left unaddressed, lead us toward destruction.

What is God writing on your wall?

(Daniel 5:11-31)

The Unexpected Encounter (Balaam’s Donkey)

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Each of us carry a certain set of assumptions about how God might encounter us. These assumptions become a box that limit our ability to recognize who God may want to speak through or how he may do it. In order to break this box we need to learn to expect the unexpected. If God can “open the mouth of the ass” then he can surely use anyone and anything to get our attention.

(Numbers 22:15-33)

Imitation Provides Traction (Paul and Timothy)

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There can be a frustration that arises around sharing the gospel, sometimes it just doesn’t feel like we get traction in people’s lives – the story doesn’t stick. When we look at the relationship between Paul and Timothy we recognise that good information and permission for innovation aren’t enough, because it is imitation that gives traction to multiplication. Otherwise we may just end up doing burnouts in front of police stations.

(1 Timothy 4:12-16)

Easy to Catch (The Parables)

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When we think about what it means for the gospel to go viral in our world, understanding the what isn’t enough, we also need the why and the how. Thankfully Jesus, and the way that he uses parables to connect with his disciples and the crowds, gives us incredible insight as to how we can make the gospel meaningful and memorable through high access and high excellence – even with something like corporate worship. Because if the gospel is going to go viral, then it needs to be easy to catch.

(Matthew 13:34-35)

Made to Multiply (The Mustard Seed)

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God has hard-wired his creation for multiplication – but how do we embrace this? Sometimes we fail to multiply effectively because we don’t know what we have to offer, and other times it’s because we fail to plant what we have anywhere. Yet God invites us to take the little we have and participate in the ongoing creation of his “good” world because you are made to multiply.

(Genesis 1, Mark 4:30-32)

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