Christian Fellowship Church's Sermons

Spiritual Belonging and Spiritual Learning

Grow

August 26, 2018
Michael Acock
1 Corinthians 12

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Grow: It is what living things do. In the first sermon on "Grow," Pastor Michael Acock teaches about spiritual formation and how that relates to belonging. Spiritual discipline is more about God forming us instead of us working to change ourselves. We are not "forming ourselves;" we are being formed. We are simply "making ourselves available for God to that work of transforming grace in our lives." We so badly want to take control of our spiritual lives, and it goes against our nature to let the Holy Spirit do the heavy lifting of making us more like Jesus. This change takes place in relationship with Jesus and with the church. In our relationship with the church, we can be tempted to disqualify ourselves with self-doubt, or we can be tempted to dismiss those who seem unimportant to us. But we are called to be a body, a group, that is united and diverse. God gave us one another with different talents. Yet, all of these gifts are the most powerful when practiced with love. This is the better way because the church is relational before it is functional. In order to see this played out, we can't be separated from God's people, and we want to create an atmosphere where people can know they belong. Watch this sermon and the video at the end to see what this looks like at Christian Fellowship.

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