One World, One Dream: Intro

We were intro­duced to the new ser­mon series we will have for the next 8 weeks Sunday. It will be called One World, One Dream tying into the 2008 Summer Olympic theme. The series will be based in 2 Corinthians. Pastors Bart and Jeff pre­sent­ed us with the basic premise that God has a dream for this world. When we fol­low that dream, we will win the gold. Or, we can be like the track-n-field relay teams this year and drop the baton.

Although the baton pass often looks sim­ple it isn’t. Even the best like we had at the Olympics this year can drop it. There are many rea­sons that a baton is dropped but often it is sim­ply a mat­ter of get­ting out of tim­ing or look­ing away too soon. The run­ner in front has to trust the run­ner com­ing up from behind to place it exact­ly in ones hand at the right time. If the run­ner in front goes out too fast or too slow it can mess things up. If the run­ner from behind gives up too soon, the baton can be dropped.

God wants us to run this race and He is pass­ing the baton to us. He will always do it per­fect­ly but we can cer­tain­ly mess things up in the pass. We can take our hand away too soon or not even put it out. We can take off at the wrong time or in the wrong direc­tion. There are many ways we can mess it up. But I believe that God is also there to help us do it well, if we will just let Him.

I look for­ward to hear­ing our pas­tors at Flatland Church give us guid­ance as to how to do this. Pastor Bart pre­sent­ed us this past Sunday a cou­ple hints as to what we will see. 2 Corinthians 5:16–21 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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was the pas­sage upon which the ser­mon focused. First we have to align our­selves with God. If we will not fol­low Him, we can’t run the race. We must become new crea­tures in Christ. We must also be will­ing to take up that baton. We should pass on the Good News to oth­ers. We should use our gifts to serve oth­ers.

I keep think­ing about the ser­mon at Oasis too (Wednesday evening ser­vice that comes at the end of a ser­mon series). Pastor Bart chal­lenged us to be will­ing to face the giants of the land and enter into the promised land. The Israelites at the end of the Book of Exodus hadn’t yet entered into the promised land. We have to jump to Numbers to see what happ­ned. There, the Israelites got scared of the the giants in the land and didn’t enter into the promise land.

This new ser­mon series I hope will in part help me face my giants and final­ly con­queror some of them. I don’t want to drop the baton. I want the gold! But to do so, I will have to fight those giants. I guess it is like a relay race with the high hur­dles. Well, just face those hur­dles one at a time, get over them one at a time, and God will be run­ning along side me cheer­ing me on, ready to pick me up if I fall, and car­ry me over any hur­dles that are just too tall for me. Thank you God.

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  1. mreveal

    I am remind­ed of when you use to run track. The coach, who’s name slips my mind, said to me one time that when he watched you race you would be pass­ing every­one and get­ting close to the front and then you would look around and start slow­ing down. He said it was if you would say, “Oh, I am sor­ry I am pass­ing you. I will slow down and we can cross the line togeth­er.” He felt you had a lot more in you. Then you got mono and couldn’t do track any­more. I often think that some­times we look around us too much see­ing what oth­ers are doing and change our pace accord­ing­ly. In doing so we loose out on what God has for us. He wants us to race full on to the fin­ish line. Of course depend­ing on the race some­times we need pace our selves so we don’t run out of steam and oth­ers we have to run as hard as we can the whole race. If we are able to inspire oth­ers in our race then all the bet­ter

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