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THE LIFE OF A SPIRIT LED ACTIVIST

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Jesus spoke openly about the cost of belonging with him. You cannot follow Jesus and at the same time live a self-absorbed life. You are called out of that into a community of deliberate, Spirit led activists.



You are called to a life of openly sharing in God’s salvation of the world. If that is true of us, how do work together at flavouring the world around us?

Luke 14:28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you,30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of …

EKKLESIA

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When you think about church, what comes to mind? Do you think about a religious organization with a specific name located in a particular building? 


That certainly is true of the multitude of local churches scattered around the world. We all have a degree of branding, affiliation and many common characteristics.
But, what really makes a church a church is God’s Presence at work in his people. There is something very pragmatic and earthly about churches; and at the same time a mystical reality that sets us apart from other human organizations.
The New Testament Greek word Ekklesia defines what the church is. In Greek culture Ekklesia referred to a group of citizens who were called out from their homes into some public place for the purpose of deliberating. In the Christian usage of the word, we are called out of home life and come together in worship and holy deliberation. We are coming together to work things out as a unified body. It is deliberate and intentional that we come together. …

SCARECROW RELIGION

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Most people in Jesus’ time would look at the Jewish religion to get ideas of what God’s image was like.Just as today there are many who look at your life to determine what the Christian faith represents.


Jesus’ teaching about lifestyle and attitude brought people into a deeper understanding of who God is.
As a scarecrow would be a poor illustration of what a farmer looks like, so religion poorly illustrates the living personality and character of God.
Have you met some religious scarecrows? They are people who have an appearance that frightens and there is no life in them. The farmer on the other hand knows his/her purpose and lives to be fruitful. They live a life that multiplies life.
Let’s not be a scarecrow church, but a farmer’s cooperative living out our lives as co-creators with God.

IMAGO DEI

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The Genesis account tells us that humanity was created ‘in the image of God’.
Theologians call this the ‘Imago-Dei’.God spoke to the first humans about why they were here.We were created with an innate capacity to know God and to reflect his character. We are endowed with the capacity to love, create and take responsibility. It is here that we find our purpose in life.

We just had our first grandson. What do we do when we encounter a new baby? We try to figure out whom they look like. Perhaps this is what the Godhead does when someone is born again. They study the face of this new child and see their likeness.
God is always looking for men and women who will connect to Him and live out the fullness of His intention.

This is God’s exponential growth plan for humanity and the world.We are given to the world to make a valuable contribution and to actualize God’s values.

Adam and Eve originally exemplified what full human potential was.The image of God was expressed through their lives until t…