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People Find Real Life

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Now and then, ask- “what are we offering people that’s worth people being here”
3 reasons- Barna--
3 key things, how we approach what we do--
REal LIfe
May never have prettiest bldg, …most ____ programming, … Sunday morning
But Real People… LIFE…, Difference
In the Bible, Jesus talked about what He was after for people—in the gospel of John, repeted theme...
John
John 4:10 ESV
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
*** Different kind of life
*** Happening in a different place
**** Church is where… Real People discover Real Life that makes a real difference in the world—today, talk about that real life
John 10:10–11 ESV
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Difficulty defining...
Helpful to talk about what it’s not— 2 things
Real Life is NOT its opposite (steal…)
all who came before me...
two basic experiences—hyper religious, watered down religion--
Reason he points it out—not obvious--
HIDDEN SUBTRACTION
Pharisees
Sadducees
Herodians
REal LIfe is NOT its alternate
Zoe vs. psuche / bios
heart monitor
Interesting- if life eternal, how lay it down...
Natural LIfe / Spiritual Life
1 Corinthians 15:45–47 ESV
45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.
MAY HELP TO STEP BACK
Why the need—look at creation
what happened—breath, death
life fillers / substitutes--
MISSED THEM WHEN GONE
thrill of new toys, ego with accomplishment, peace through drink or pill, power…, joy...
NOT BAD, but not life
Caesar quote
two facets--
life...
abundantly...
(inside)
Pinnochio
** Life Support
ask
pursue
challenge
do
*** Heart
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