March 21, 2011

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Excerpt from "LUCKY", Chap. 6: "Those Whom the World Rejects" [The following is an excerpt from Chapter 6 of LUCKY: How the Kingdom Comes to Unlikely People.] There’s a lot of talk these days about starting a revolution. Christians want to “revolutionize church” or start a “love revolution.” It’s exciting talk. It’s the stuff that sounds good ringing through the speakers of a massive arena, especially when spoken by a dude with skinny jeans and messy hair, with strains of an electric guitar vamping over pulsing drums. And maybe in a cool accent. It’s inspiring. Songs become anthems, sermons become sound bites, and phrases become rallying cries… In the frenzy of youthful optimism, the most overlooked, underasked question is, Against whom are we revolting? And furthermore, what does it look like to revolt against it? Then finally, what is the price of such a revolt? It may not look like Joel Salatin rejecting corporate greed and the violation of ecology by running a small local farm, but it may mean thinking more carefully about where the food we eat comes from and at what expense to the worker and the earth. I recently finished doing premarital counseling for a young couple who chose not to use a diamond in the girl’s engagement ring just to ensure that they wouldn’t inadvertently support conflict diamonds. I know a young banker who refuses to depersonalize his clients by rushing them through the system just so he can meet a quota. What do all these things have to do with faith in Christ? The great Swiss theologian Karl Barth once wrote: “To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.” Many Christians get the sense of this in the way they rally to oppose abortion or same-sex marriage or teenage immorality. And certainly, all that...
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SERMON VIDEO: "Lucky are the God-Dependent" What does it mean to live in a God-dependent way? How do we live that way in an age of affluence, in a culture that praises the self-reliant and the strong? Based on the first Beatitude in Luke 6, this talk is about learning to confess our limitations and our deepest need. As we recognize that we ourselves are the poor and the powerless, we begin to enjoy and participate in God's glorious rule. Lucky are the God-Dependent from Glenn Packiam on Vimeo. Luke 6:20-23 (NET) “6:20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God belongs to you. 6:21 “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 6:22 Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil on account of the Son of Man! 6:23 Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy, because your reward is great in heaven. For their ancestors did the same things to the prophets.’” Who are the poor? The poor are the God-dependent. What is the Kingdom of God? The Kingdom of God is the reign of God. Jesus is bringing His Kingdom, His rule, to the poor and powerless. How do we live as the God-dependent in a culture that praises self-reliance? Confessing our finiteness helps us surrender to the infinite God. Confessing our need opens us up to God’s grace. Revelation 3:14-19(NET) “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write the following: ‘This is the solemn pronouncement of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the originator of God’s creation: 3:15 “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you...

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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