It is NOT about me

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It is NOT about me. Luke 1:67-75. Paying attention to personal pronouns You We/Us/Our. 67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, 68 "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Harvest EV Free Church

It is NOT about meLuke 1:67-751Paying attention to personal pronounsYouWe/Us/Our

267 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,68 "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people 69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, 70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, 71 that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us;

372to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, 73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us 74 that we, being delivered from the hand ofour enemies, might serve him without fear, 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. (Luke 1:67-75; ESV)

4Zechariahs prophecy firmly embeds the story of Jesus in story of Israelfor he [God] has visited and redeemed his people (cf. Matthew 1:21)[he] has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,

5Zechariahs prophecy firmly embeds the story of Jesus in story of Israelthat we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us; to show the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath that he swore to our father Abraham,

6Zechariahs prophecy firmly embeds the story of Jesus in story of Israelto grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

7The celebrated salvation is corporateHe has raised up a horn of salvation for US WE will be saved from OUR enemiesTo grant US that WE, being delivered from the hand of OUR enemies, 8Why did Jesus come?There is a purpose to this salvationThe first WEmight serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all OUR days Later WEs

9Why did Jesus come?Jesus did not come to do something new in the sense of providing a personal, interior religion. He did not come simply to help individuals, as individuals, feel closer to God. He did not come merely so that one could develop his/her personal piety and spiritual life. 10Why did Jesus come?Jesus didnt come merely so we could have a close, personal (one-to-one) relationship with GodWe talk about an individual relationship with God, but Jesus talked about the kingdom 11Why did Jesus come?This kingdom idea is related to the creation and empowering of a community of Jesus followers who would devote their lives to living as Jesus called them to live. This community has been known as the church, but the church too often fails to live out the life that Jesus has called US to live.

12Why did Jesus come?There is a purpose to this salvationJesus came to create the covenantal community that would serve God without fear, serve God in holiness and righteousness, and to do so throughout the lives of its members.

13How can we fulfill this purpose?WE are saved, so that WE can participate in and help establish this communityThe church is a primary context for community

14How can we fulfill this purpose?Why do we struggle with community?It takes Gods Spirit to create community because we, no matter how hard we try, are unloving, unjust, and unpeaceful. We need the Spirit to live in community. [McKnight, One.Life, 100]15How can we fulfill this purpose?Why do we struggle with community?

We approach church as consumersSome churches, in fact, are like shopping malls: people park their cars, enter the building, get what they want, get back in the car and go out to eat. [McKnight, 101]16How can we fulfill this purpose?Why do we struggle with community?

We approach church as individualsWe think the purpose of church is to provide what I need to develop my private and personal pietyWe are often gathered but disconnected [McKnight, 103]17How can we fulfill this purpose?Why do we struggle with community?

Community emerges out of loving behavior--like compassion and an embrace and forgiveness--out of acts of justice. [McKnight, 102]18How can we fulfill this purpose?WE are called to be part of Gods covenantal community19How can we fulfill this purpose?Advent is a good time in the present for us to consider the past and the futureAs we look back we should see how we fit into the larger story

20How can we fulfill this purpose?Advent is a good time in the present for us to consider the past and the futureAs we look forward we should anticipate and desire the richness of true communityWith God and with others

21How can we fulfill this purpose?Advent is a good time in the present for us to consider the past and the futureIn the present we should, in the power of the Spirit, actively pursue the realization of true community

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