Last Sunday, July 23, 2017, Pastor Ed Allen preached about the heart attitudes we need in our community going forward, as we prepare to move into our new building.
We did a virtual tour of part of the building. We are especially thankful for God's provision! We take so much that God does for granted.
When we began the building process, we looked at four heart attitudes that we needed, from Joshua 1:
Now there are 6 heart attitudes we need for this next season. We'll call them G'Attitudes (instead of Beattitudes) - Gateway Attitudes.
On Sunday, we covered the first two.
We looked at Philippians 2:1-4. We also want to make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.
Church is not about me - not about selfish ambition or vain conceit.
Church is a "we" thing, not a "they" thing.
The word for church in Greek is ecclesia - "called out ones." We're the gathered ones.
It involves stepping in and showing up.
The church is not a building, it's the people, the community.
I'm an integral part of the church.
Jesus defined the distinguishing characteristic of his church as Love.
1) Some need to investigate and decide: Is this the place God has for you?
2) Some need to step into Gateway with our gifts and our interests. You need to be counted in. Let us feel the full weight of who you are.
3) A few of us need to let go of some barrier - some conflict, some hurt, or some slight.
Theme: Connect in full!
Don't give the scraps of your life to Gateway. As much as you can, and as much as you should, step in. Step in, give your all.
The second G'Attitude we need. It's intricately intertwined with solidarity. As we serve, our hearts get intertwined.
We looked at Philippians 2 again, going on to verses 5-11.
Selfish ambition is an alternative to service: It's about me.
Our participation in church is not driven by selfish ambition. Is this a place I can serve?
Our participation in church is not driven by vain conceit. This is a service blocker.
If you're having trouble serving, these may be the problems.
Our participation in church is driven by humility, thinking about ourselves less often but more accurately.
1) Let's think about other people's needs!
September to November this year, let's focus on our guests! We're doing this for others.
Make this our attitude: "It's my pleasure!"
It's about service! As soon as we turn our lives outward, our needs get met.
2) Share meals - Take people out to eat.
"Nobody eats alone!"
Can we make this our motto this Fall?