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Develop Connections (2018.01.28 Sermon)

January 29th, 2018

John Chandler

John Chandler continues our new Mission & Methods series with a teaching on our third method: We develop connections that teach us to how to love those who are not a part of a community of Jesus.

Quotes & Resources Mentioned:

  • You Made it Weird: Penn Jillette
  • Eternity in Their Hearts, by Don Richardson
  • Reclaiming Conversation, by Sherry Turkle
  • …it was often the case that I had more questions than answers.  Therefore, we are looking for a church that is Christ-centered where people are free to wrestle with God and theology, and hence where there is freedom for theological diversity in the non-essentials (of course, this begs the question of how we are to distinguish between essentials and nonessentials).  It seemed to us from our one visit Sunday that this is the kind of church that Mustard Seed may be.   — Kevin Jordan
  • Having a large group of friends who don’t identity as Christian has been one of the most enriching experiences in my life. When I posture myself to listen and receive their stories as valuable and lovingly woven by God, I learn so much about his character through them. Not only that, I learn about myself. When we sit around the table with all our laughter and tears and questions, I experience something of the community I’d like to think Jesus envisioned for us. When I sit across from “the other” and choose to see God in the fabric of their being, I’m reminded that they too are my sister, my brother. I see a facet of God I could not have seen had I only engaged with people of similar thoughts and experiences to mine. — Madelynn Marlow
  • If you don’t feel like you have to evangelize someone away from their team and onto yours, you can speak of Jesus much more freely, and thus, more effectively. — Carl Medearis in Speaking of Jesus

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