Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Life is an incremental series of becoming what you are in Christ

The following is an excerpt from John Piper's message on 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 and his exhortation to his congregation to join small groups. However, I find his exhortation holds equally true to call every believer to give in the larger context of church.

"God is calling us into these relationships not primarily because of what you need to get from the group but because of what you need to give to the group. To give yourselves."
  1. To take a risk of sharing your soul,
  2. to put away all deceit and exploitation,
  3. to renounce man-pleasing,
  4. to be done with flattery and covetousness,
  5. to feel tender, mother-like affections for people,
  6. to be holy, righteous, and blameless in our conduct,
  7. and to feel father-like desires to encourage and lead others into God-centered legacy.
You say you have nothing to give? Then you must listen to his conclusion below (3:31).

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