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January 26, 2014 - Preparations, Even for Grace - Mark 14:12-16

posted Jan 27, 2014, 6:29 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:35 AM ]
  • When it comes to spirituality, we are tempted to think of it as something that transcends all of our earthly concerns. Spirituality, we assume, is about prayer and worship and maybe relationships. But spirituality certainly doesn't concern itself with where we spend our days making preparations for real life.
Gnostics claimed that spirituality was opposed to physical concerns. It was a matter solely of the inner life because it was just through prayer and worship that one discovered insights and ascended to God. Why was Gnosticism heretical?
    • If spirituality is just about prayer and worship, then our mission to the physical needs of others would fall apart.
    • Gnosticism ignored all of the biblical affirmations about the goodness of creation, including the creativity of human beings through hard work.
    • Gnosticism was a violation of the biblical claims on the incarnation. In becoming flesh, God took on all of our concerns about our earthly existence.
  • Buildings aren't characteristically spiritual. They are made spiritual by what happens there.
When you walk into this church building, something happens to you that is very different and unique to any other building you may enter. What is that something?
    • The history and the expectation that this is a place where we worship God and are reminded of His grace.
    • In this place our eyes are opened, again, to the truth that holiness is also present in every place you spend your life during the week.
  • Jesus demonstrated in the Upper Room that you have to prepare a room to worship Him and celebrate His grace.
Main Thought
We don’t build/renovate/maintain in spite of our  mission as a church. We build/renovate/maintain because it has always been our mission to prepare room.

Pastor Jim | Mark 14:12-16