My final message on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd John. Hear the rest of them here.
I got a chance to preach about letting the Holy Spirit invade our lives and church services at Revive Worship Conference this past week. Thanks to Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church for having the video available.
I have never known a group of Christians like those at 1208 Greenwood. Every one of them is truly spectacular. They are accepting and loving towards neighbors. They are passionate and eager to make an impact. They are courageous and intentional in their living. They are patient and smart when facing difficulty. They are diverse in race, age, and social life.
They embrace both structure and flexibility. They aren’t thrown off by the genre of worship or the various physical expressions of praise taking place in the room. They have no need to point out the spec in each other’s eyes because they are aware of the 2×4 in their own.
They dream of community gardens, meals for the poor, and small groups that leave an impact on the city. They desire to get involved to the point that they need to step back and make sure the other good and important things in their life fit as well.
They complain about next to nothing. Is the music too loud? Yes, but it’s not going to ruin their worship and they aren’t going to yell at the sound man. Are the children racing through the sanctuary left and right and not obeying anything they ask? Yes, but they are more concerned about loving them than teaching them a lesson.
They are more than a community. They are more than friends—they are a family. And like a loving family, they are there for each other even when they’ve let each other down. They climb back down into the pit of each other’s life even when it’s the hundredth time they’ve done so. They demonstrate the unconditional. When they err, they err on the side of grace.
They are all around the most unique church I have ever encountered and they show me who Christ is more and more, every week. I am a better person just being around them. They are what I aspire to be and an image of what I believe we as a church are to look like: the repaired and the broken; the weak and the strong; the poor and the rich; the starving and the hungry; the addicted and the free—and everything in between.
We are a group of believers that meet in an old radio factory on the corner of Greenwood and McNeal on the outskirts of downtown Jackson, Michigan. Our name is our address: we call ourselves 1208 Greenwood.
When Pastor Maltbie D. Babcock would go running he would tell the secretary, “I’m going to see my Father’s world.” Sometimes we don’t take a lot of time to observe the world around us and give praise to God for the beautiful creation He has made. Now sure, most of us here in Michigan are pretty sick of snow, but take some time to admire it and in doing so, admire God.
Tonight at Apollos we’ll be addressing what I preached on yesterday for a little bit. That being said, I’ve created a hand out to go home with all of the Apollos students. You too can have it if you’d like. It addresses the whole idea of God being fully man and fully human. It’s got some of deeper research included in it as well as a bunch of points and ideas I used in my message yesterday. You can download the High Quality PDF or the Low Quality PDF. The difference is only a few megs so I suggest the high quality version if you’re internet is anything but dial-up.