"I Lift My Hands"
How do we do the things we're supposed to do, but don't want to do? The answer to this complicated question, is DISCIPLINE. The word "discipline" might be scary, but what we hope to explore in the next five weeks is that a "disciplined" life is a "distinctive" life. Today we explore the ancient idea of creating a "Rule of Life" ("rule" is another one of those scary words...). What we'll see is that a Rule of Life, along with supportive relationships, is really the key to overcoming old habits, and developing new ones. Join with us as we seek to bring God into our Everything!
Every great organization can tell you WHAT they do. Some can tell you HOW they do it. Very few can tell you WHY. This is the theory put forward by Simon Sinek in his book, "Start With Why," and its an idea that has incredible relevance for the church today.
So here goes: Why do you come to church? Many people have a hard time answering this question. Churches struggle when they can't articulate the "WHY": what is the thing we do that makes people get out of bed every Sunday morning?
Today we explore the question "WHY", and as we will see, if we don't know the WHY, we will never experience the "WOW" of what God intends for His church.
"The whole world is groaning," Paul wrote in Romans 8:22. We know this is true, because we have felt the "groaning" in our own lives, and seen it in the world around us. Suffering is everywhere. And yet, Paul offers a hope filled corrective to our despair: "The whole world is groaning as in the pains of childbirth." Child birth? Our suffering is likened unto labour pains? What does Paul mean?
It can only mean that our suffering (like labour pain) is temporary: there is an end in sight! Furthermore, it must also mean that at the end of suffering comes... NEW LIFE! Join us today as we conclude our four week examination of suffering by exploring the the hope-filled "Promise of Suffering."
Canon Robert Hurkmans has been the minister at St. James and St. Brendan since 2006.