People Find Real Life
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--
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...
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
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.
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--
REal LIfe is NOT its alternate
Zoe vs. psuche / bios
Interesting- if life eternal, how lay it down...
Natural LIfe / Spiritual Life
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
** Life Support