Sep 2, 2018
Who’s Better than Who?

Dr. Suess Goes to Church                              1 Corinthians 3:1-9

  Who's Better than Who?

Who's Better than Who

Wisdom applied to divisions in the church

1) And I, brethren, could not speak to you as spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. 2) I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, 3) for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? 4) For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men? 5) What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. 6) I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 7) So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. 8) Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9) For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

 
People in the Corinthian church were arguing about who was better than who.  Some said, "I am a Paul Christian" while others argued they were better because they were and "Apollos Christian."  This was causing divisiveness in the church.  Somehow they forgot they were all Christians.  We might, at rare times, be guilty of the same behavior, "I go to Modern Worship", "I go to Traditional Worship," "I am a Conservative," "I am a Liberal."
 
Do other see us as God's co-workers, God's field, God's building - or do others see us as the biggest fools "who seem to have nothing better to do than sit here and argue who's better than who!"
 
Reflect on:
1)  Have you ever experienced a clique in the church?
2) How can you intentionally be actively engaged in helping people feel accepted for who they are?
3) How do we walk by the Spirit, yet live in a world of ratings and rankings?
 

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  • Sep 2, 2018Who’s Better than Who?
    Sep 2, 2018
    Who’s Better than Who?

    Dr. Suess Goes to Church                              1 Corinthians 3:1-9

      Who's Better than Who?

    Who's Better than Who

    Wisdom applied to divisions in the church

    1) And I, brethren, could not speak to you as spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. 2) I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able, 3) for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? 4) For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men? 5) What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. 6) I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 7) So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. 8) Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9) For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

     
    People in the Corinthian church were arguing about who was better than who.  Some said, "I am a Paul Christian" while others argued they were better because they were and "Apollos Christian."  This was causing divisiveness in the church.  Somehow they forgot they were all Christians.  We might, at rare times, be guilty of the same behavior, "I go to Modern Worship", "I go to Traditional Worship," "I am a Conservative," "I am a Liberal."
     
    Do other see us as God's co-workers, God's field, God's building - or do others see us as the biggest fools "who seem to have nothing better to do than sit here and argue who's better than who!"
     
    Reflect on:
    1)  Have you ever experienced a clique in the church?
    2) How can you intentionally be actively engaged in helping people feel accepted for who they are?
    3) How do we walk by the Spirit, yet live in a world of ratings and rankings?
     

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  • Aug 28, 2018Dr. Seuss Goes to Church
    Aug 28, 2018
    Dr. Seuss Goes to Church

    Dr. Seuss Goes to Church                                  Matthew 40-42

     
    [caption id="attachment_10685" align="alignleft" width="249"] Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose[/caption]

    Dr. Seuss’s seemingly whimsical rhymes are deeply profound and sometimes even provocative. The stories are about life, values, beliefs, truth- it sounds like – church. The series takes a few stories and applies the profound truth to our discipleship.

     
    Thidwick is a big-hearted moose.  He is giving, accommodating, gracious, hospitable, and asks nothing in return.  
     
    Naturally applicable to the church, we are to be giving, accommodating, gracious, hospitable, and ask nothing in return.
     
    "Don't neglect to open up your homes to guests, because by doing this some have been hosts to angels without knowing it."  (Hebrews 13:2)
     
    What side of Thidwick's horns are you on?  Is it the church Thidwick -hospitable, gracious, accommodating  - "For a host, above all, must be nice to his guest." Or are we the ones taking a free-ride on the horns?
     
    It's nice to think we are Thidwick, graciously offering a home to others.  But in the church, as the church, we are the bingle-bug, the zinn-a-zu bird and other guests.  God is carrying the horns, because ultimately it is God's church.
     
    It is intriguing to think that God might one day, like Thidwick say, "You wanted this church, you're quite welcome to keep it.  It's yours!"

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  • Aug 12, 2018Dr. Seuss Goes to Church-A Story that NO ONE Could Beat!
    Aug 12, 2018
    Dr. Seuss Goes to Church-A Story that NO ONE Could Beat!

    A Story that NO ONE Could Beat!

    Acts 12:1-16

    Peter’s Miraculous Escape From Prison

    12 It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews,he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread. After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.

    So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance.Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself,and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him. 11 Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.” 12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!” 15 “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” 16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.
     
    Imagine an incredible story that no one could believe.  Imagine a story about the church praying, angels appearing, people freed from prison and no one believes it.  That is the story today!
     
    The church is supposed to be a people of prayer, yet sometimes we are the last ones to believe they are answered.
     
    The church is supposed to be a people of freedom and yet we are cynical about the testimonies.
     
    What happened to Jesus on Easter keeps happening to Jesus' people.
     
    Reflect On:
    1)  What is most difficult for you in the story of Peter being released from prison?
    2) What from the story gives you the most hope?
     

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  • Aug 5, 2018Dr. Seuss Goes to Church-Unbudged
    Aug 5, 2018
    Dr. Seuss Goes to Church-Unbudged

    Unbudged                                                        Numbers 32:1-2, 5-15

    One day in the prairie of Prax meet two Zax.  Neither willing to budge in the least, "not an inch to the west, not an inch to the east."  Those two stubborn Zax are left standing unbudged in their tracks.
     
    The Hebrew people are on the verge of entering the Promised Land.  Two of the tribes do not want to go.  Moses compares them to their stubborn ancestors who also didn't want to go and destroyed the resolve of others to move forward.
     
    Ultimately, Moses gives in and lets them stay in the wilderness.  They do not get to experience God's promised future.  Their preferences left them standing unbudged in their tracks.
     
    Our preferences, even our passionate preferences, may stop us from experiencing God's promised future - a future filled with hope.
     
     
    Reflect On:
    1) What is your wilderness land (personally and collectively)in which you settle?
    2) What is your promised land (personally and collectively) pledged to you by God?
     
     

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