Experience God

What is your most important asset? Many people think it’s their home,
or their career, or their family. These are indeed assets, but I would
suggest that you are your most important asset. And when we focus on
a spiritual valuation, it is your experience of our triune (Trinitarian) God
that is the most important thing of all.
In the sermon series, Thriving on the Borderland, we’ve been studying
the changing culture of our world. As Christians, we are moving away
from the center of culture in terms of beliefs and values. We can no longer assume that we are
viewed with respect as the “dominant culture.” We’ve moved into what theologians call a
missonal context in which we are more like the early church. We are “strangers” who interact
with our world more like missionaries in a foreign culture. And that means who we are and
our own experience of God is the most unique and important asset we bring to any situation
and any relationship.
God is at work in our world today and calls us to be partners in that work. But above all, God
wants us to be in a dynamic, vital, moment-by-moment relationship with him. This summer,
through sermons and small groups, we will study a life-changing program called Experiencing
God. This study is based on seven realities about God and the ways we can respond to God’s
initiative in our lives:
1. God is always at work around you.
2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.
3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.
4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to
reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways.
5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that
requires faith and action.
6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.
7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and His accomplishments.
There is a spiritual hunger to move from knowing about God to experiencing God’s presence
and power in our lives. Experiencing God is an insightful and practical study that helps us
move in that direction. I invite you to dive into this study, beginning June 21. Consider using
the Experiencing God workbook for your personal devotions and in your small group.
God created you for joyful fellowship. Don’t settle for less.
See you in church!