Sun, Jan 21, 2018

Practice Gratitude

by Chris Russell

Born to Party week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on January 21, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Let's start off with a moment of just blunt honesty… how many of you have been around a person that is so full of joy, so happy about life, so excited about what is going on around them, so full of smiles and giggles, that you just want to walk up to them… and smack them upside the head? "What are you so darn joyful about all the time?... Knock it off!" Psalm 122:1 1 Thessalonians 5:16,18 It's important for us to understand that joy is not a denial of reality; as Christ followers we still see the realities around us. We see the injustices, we see the racism and sexism, we see the immorality and the corruption in people and in governments. As Christians we don't pretend that everything is ok when it's not ok…we're not afraid to engage with some of the challenging aspects of the world that we live in…we fight for justice, we walk humbly with God…but we are able to do so with a spirit of joy, not because everything is good and great, but because of WHO God is and because of WHAT God's done, and because of what God WILL DO one day when Jesus returns and says "Enough, I'm making all things new now." Leviticus 23:1-2 "Party is sacrament." - Alan Hirsch Sacrament: a sacred act instituted by God Himself. Leviticus 23:3-4 1 Corinthians 5:7b So it was a foreshadowing of what Jesus would do. In reality, each of these festivals that God had appointed for His peole was at the same time a… Commemoration and Anticipation commemoration: looking back at God's faithfulness anticipation: looking ahead WITH faith to what God WILL do How well do you practice your gratitude? What connects gratitude to joy is the practice of it. If you want to experience more joy in your life then up your gratitude game and practice it regularly. John 10:10 God desires more for your life here and now than you can possibly wrap your head around. He wants you to know Him and trust Him so completely that you can't help but practice gratitude all the time… He wants you to so completely understand who He has created you to be that you can't help but live out gratitude by celebrating it with those you love. He wants you to so completely understand who we are supposed to be as a church family that we together can't help but reach out to those who don't know His love and help them meet the God who is passionate about them and celebrate like crazy when they give their lives to Jesus Christ. We are a people who were born to party. No other group of people on the planet has as much reason to celebrate.
Duration:35 mins

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