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Flatland/Pics: Paradox and Paradigm

If we want to be a trans­for­ma­tion bring­ing church we must under­stand the para­dox and the par­a­digm of min­istry. The para­dox con­fus­es us so we end up with the wrong par­a­digm of min­istry. This is the mes­sage that Pastor Bart brought us Sunday. It is a mes­sage that we often don’t lis­ten to either because we don’t want to or because we real­ly don’t under­stand. I encour­age you to lis­ten to the pod­cast at flatlandchurch.com.

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shows the church at Ephasus was a life trans­form­ing church.

The para­dox

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The para­dox is that peo­ple think that they can be saved by doing good works but that we are trans­formed sim­ply by faith.

We can not con­dem the world and try to force them to fol­low our “rules” on them think­ing that will trans­form them when it is sal­va­tion then trans­for­ma­tion.

We also must live trans­formed lives that the lost are attract­ed to Christianity. We must not stink it up.

The par­a­digm

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. Don’t judge the world but judge Christians who claim to be right­eous but by their actions live like the world. They say “save me but don’t trans­form me.”

Those that are far­thest from God must be shown the most grace. Those clos­est to God must be the most chal­lenged to live the God focused life. Christians must chal­lange each othe to live right.

Christians and non-Christians are not oppo­nents. We are on the same team opposed to Satan.

Who are God’s cus­tomers? The unsaved. He doesn’t get mad at his cus­tomers when they act ungod­ly, he gets mad at his team, his work­ers, i.e. us when we fail to do what he has called us to do.

We should not judge a person’s sal­va­tion by their trans­for­ma­tion. There are non-Christians who live good and Christians that don’t live as they should.

This mes­sage is one that we all need to hear and live. As Christians we all too often try to force non-Christians to live as if they are fol­low­ing Christ yet we live our­selves accord­ing to the world’s stan­dards and lifestyles and not God’s.

We need to love those in the world that they may see Christ. We can­not con­dem them for what they do nor can we live like them. We need to take on the atti­tude of Christ (phillip­i­ans 2).

We need to be strict with those who call them­selves Christians, hold­ing them to the stan­dard that is Christ.

We must hold each oth­er to that high­er stan­dard that the world will see that we are dif­fer­ent, that we rep­re­sent some­thing more than what the world offers.

Let us live the Christ like lives that we may be the rain on the parched land.

Quick note: I have been hav­ing a lot of small prob­lems with my iPhone app for WordPress, where I keep loos­ing text, think it is post­ed when it is not, etc. This post and the next were both real­ly messed up. I am look­ing for a good replace­ment.

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