Resurgence roundup, 5/24/13
Fri May 24, 2013
The places grace empowers us
Thu May 23, 2013
by Justin Holcomb
‘Each next risk is the biggest one’: James MacDonald talks with Mark Driscoll
Wed May 22, 2013
by Mark Driscoll
Tue May 21, 2013
by Amanda Edmondson
From prison to ReTrain: Russell’s story
Mon May 20, 2013
Create in spirit and truth
True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.
There was a time when Christians created culture that pushed and challenged. They dominated sciences and furthered the progress of modern man through work and creative zeal.
Sadly, today we live in a culture that values individuality more than humility—and it’s reflected in our churches. Christian culture often cares more about being noticed than being faithful. In the process, we end up proclaiming our name and our glory instead of Christ’s.
Think of the things that are produced in an effort to please God: bumper stickers that belittle the depth of Jesus’ gospel, slogans that echo brand names, music that mimics popular bands—just to name a few. What is this self-justification trip we get on by trying to redeem what is already his?
The problem is we lack vision. We need to see again who God is, who we are, and what he has us to.
God is the Creator.
We are the creations. We have been given the mind of Christ.
Jesus is the King of the universe. He tells us to go tell the world who he is, to tell them what he has done, and what he is doing. He calls us to proclaim his kingship and his plan of salvation. This is the only story that matters, and every human being is a part of it.
We are commissioned to tell a story that is always scandalous, always provocative, always relevant. The story culminates in every knee bowing and every tongue confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord. When we think about him and focus on his story, we are naturally creative. We don’t need to be innovative to tell his story. We just are.
Make things for God’s glory in a way that worships him and respects the people he has made. Create in community with Christ’s body and create on his mission as his body. Obey him and trust him. Enjoy him and rest in him. Look at God the Creator, and worship him.
If you are a Christian called to creative work, remember who God is, whose you are, and to what he’s called you. Worship in spirit and truth as you create. Tell his story.