Welcome here! This posting is the start of a new online experiment at Westwood Church. Coming out of today’s teaching time (and after playing “I’ve Never” with way too many people at one time!), we were all challenged to consider, connect and commit, as we each pursue a more intimate “face to face” relationship with God.
The three “I’ve never …” self-assessment statements that we explored were:
- I’ve never … experienced a “face to face” relationship with God.
- I’ve never … had a clear sense of mission or purpose that God has given me.
- I’ve never … replaced my Christian “consuming” with Christian “serving”.
Which statement resonates with you the most? Do you see how all three are inter-connected? Whether your past experiences have been positive or negative, which one of those three realities do you want the most in your life right now?
In my own experience, my deepest sense of purpose and growth has most often come from times of serving God in roles that freak me out because they are way too intimidating for me. Kind of a “”what am I doing here?!?” moment.1
Anyway, that is enough of me talking (typing?). Why don’t you post some comments below, and let’s get a great discussion going on some practical ideas for connecting with God, finding a purpose in life, figuring out how the church can help, etc.
- One of my most life-changing experiences happened years ago in a hospital in Saskatchewan. I was part of a chaplaincy team and we came across a guy who had just been in a bus accident and was expected not to live (massive trauma, brain damage, in a coma, etc). My friend and I, since we were the “chaplains”, had to pray for this cold, clammy, lifeless looking person with a steel valve inserted in his head. What a completely humbling and terrifying experience. You have no idea how inadequate we both felt. We had the correct theology (were were both in Bible college at the time), but we weren’t in a place of complete dependence on God. Until that moment. So, we prayed two short, weak, brief prayers in ICU, and then we left (in retrospect, I realized that short, weak, brief prayers are often the “best” prayers, aren’t they?). Anyway, in the end the guy recovered and was sent home. But what has stuck with me to this day is not his recovery, but how God took a situation with three people who were desperate (one physically, the other two spiritually) and brought healing and growth to all three of us (especially to the two of us who weren’t expecting it!). God is good! ↩