Alive Update: Where has all the Reverence Gone?
The Stereotypes of the Church
Outside the Church:
Can’t do anything for me
Wants something from me
Different from the world; has its own standard
Doesn’t want hear what it has to say – makes me feel guilty
Inside the Church:
Should do everything for me
Wants too much of me
Tries to be as much like the world as possible
Doesn’t listen to what it has to say – I’ve heard it all before
What would be different if Jesus attended church?
Reverence ⇒Respect ⇒ Resposibility
Both stereotypes are wrong, reverence is the key
Reverence is still inside us, we have just turned it off
It’s in the Bible: Joshua 24:1-27
Joshua challenged Israel to turn on their reverence
Israel’s response to Joshua:
We will show God reverence
We will do it all the way
“Serve the Lord” = respect
“Obey him” = responsibility
Joshua took a stand; everyone else followed and changed everything
We Have to Take a Stand
Challenge for the week: honestly evaluate yourself on how much reverence, respect, and responsibility you have in your life.
Here are the songs that John led us through in worship:
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