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Last Sunday, we talked about why Advent Conspiracy is so critical to the life of our church:

  • The longing and anticipation of Advent is a universal experience;
  • The opportunity to recover Christmas as a season of compassion is about people – real faces, real names, real lives, real needs.
  • The tangible step of trusting God – not money and stuff – for our security and satisfaction.

In 1 Chronicles 29:9, King David calls on the people to volunteer to give to the work of building the temple. They give with radical generosity – this is the summary of their response and what I’m asking God to do in our midst this Sunday:

Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord.

So as you’re praying and planning for Sunday, remember two things:

  • Give willingly…freely…with your whole heart. You don’t have to give…our hope is that you’ll want to give.
  • Joy. Giving entails loss but this kind of giving produces joy and not grief because the gains outweigh the costs.

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Here are a few questions to ask as you get ready for gathered worship at Christ Church this Sunday:

  • Who have you invited? (Acts 1:8)
  • Who are you bringing with you? (John 1:40-42)
  • Have you told God that you’re available? (Isaiah 6:8)
  • What impossible thing are you praying to happen? (Acts 4:29-31)
  • Do you believe that lives will be changed because of the work of God in us and through us? (John 5:24; 2 Cor 5:17)

(HT: Perry Noble)

Every week we say that our worship gathering is all about Jesus – this week, we take that to a whole new level as we talk about what Jesus did and taught during his life on earth (Acts 1:1). As we work to shift our thinking about church away from an event and embracing it as an identity, we need to get clear on who Jesus is and what he did on earth and continues to do in and through the church.

To help you get ready, here’s a chapter from Mark Driscoll’s book Vintage Jesus, answering the question ‘Why Should We Worship Jesus?’

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