Talk for 22 Sept 2013


The base of the Talk I did at Heckington church

Sept 22nd 2013

Smart living – Live right

Living the way the rest do or living for others?

Readings

Luke 16:1-13    The Message (MSG)

The Story of the Crooked Manager

16 1-2 Jesus said to his disciples, “There was once a rich man who had a manager. He got reports that the manager had been taking advantage of his position by running up huge personal expenses. So he called him in and said, ‘What’s this I hear about you? You’re fired. And I want a complete audit of your books.’

3-4 “The manager said to himself, ‘What am I going to do? I’ve lost my job as manager. I’m not strong enough for a labouring job, and I’m too proud to beg. . . .

Ah, I’ve got a plan. Here’s what I’ll do . . . then when I’m turned out into the street, people will take me into their houses.’

“Then he went at it. One after another, he called in the people who were in debt to his master. He said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’

“He replied, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’

“The manager said, ‘Here, take your bill, sit down here—quick now—write fifty.’

“To the next he said, ‘And you, what do you owe?’

“He answered, ‘A hundred sacks of wheat.’

“He said, ‘Take your bill, write in eighty.’

8-9 “Now here’s a surprise: The master praised the crooked manager! And why? Because he knew how to look after himself. Streetwise people are smarter in this regard than law-abiding citizens. They are on constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits.

I want you to be smart in the same way—but for what is right—using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials, so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior.”

God Sees Behind Appearances

10-13 Jesus went on to make these comments:

If you’re honest in small things,
you’ll be honest in big things;
If you’re a crook in small things,
you’ll be a crook in big things.
If you’re not honest in small jobs,
who will put you in charge of the store?
No worker can serve two bosses:
He’ll either hate the first and love the second
Or adore the first and despise the second.
You can’t serve both God and the Bank.

1 Timothy 2:1-7  The Message (MSG)

Simple Faith and Plain Truth

1-3 The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.

4-7 He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.

Jeremiah 8:18-9:2   The Message (MSG)

Advancing from One Evil to the Next

18-22 I drown in grief.
I’m heartsick.
Oh, listen! Please listen! It’s the cry of my dear people
reverberating through the country.
Is God no longer in Zion?
Has the King gone away?
Can you tell me why they flaunt their plaything-gods,
their silly, imported no-gods before me?
The crops are in, the summer is over,
but for us nothing’s changed.
We’re still waiting to be rescued.
For my dear broken people, I’m heartbroken.
I weep, seized by grief.
Are there no healing ointments in Gilead?
Isn’t there a doctor in the house?
So why can’t something be done
to heal and save my dear, dear people?

1-2 I wish my head were a well of water
and my eyes fountains of tears
So I could weep day and night
for casualties among my dear, dear people.
At times I wish I had a wilderness hut,
a backwoods cabin,
Where I could get away from my people
and never see them again.
They’re a faithless, feckless bunch,
a congregation of degenerates.

Smart living – Live right

We can look at The Story of the Crooked Manager and wonder what can it mean for me, what is Jesus trying to say through this story.

What do you think?

For me I think Jesus is giving us an example of how a lot of people live They are on constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits.” Trying just to make ends meet doing what they have to just to get by. They fear not having enough, not having all they want.

DO you know people like that always taking advantage of others, making sure they are ok?

I suppose the expenses [MP’s] scandal were the same

I used to run a Café, over the years I realised that as much as I tried to be good to my staff some of them were stealing from me, the books wouldn’t balance or on days I was not there we just seemed to take less.

I suppose those people were just doing this making sure they got what they needed, they did not think about how that would effect me the business or the others who worked there.

Then Jesus tells us how He wants us to live

“I want you to be smart in the same way—but for what is right—using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials, so you’ll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior.”

Really living is living in concert with your maker, the one who knows you and can save you.

Jesus wants us to be as smart as them but in a good way, doing right not wrong, using the situations we are in to strengthen ours and others faith. He is saying that when you think of more than your daily needs you will really live.  Good behaviour is great but you really need more than that to get into a relationship with God.

To have a future life with God requires us to make sure that we live this life His way

Jesus wants us to use our street-smarts, our cleverness, our intelligence not to feather our own nests but to further the Kingdom of God our future/current living place

This is also at the heart of CA, using the different abilities and gifts of people to further Gods Kingdom by being where they are rather than sticking to the normal way of doing things.

Jesus is saying we need to be smart to use our survival instincts to realise that we need to do more than just try to be good.   To see that we need help.

Its only then that we really know what life is and can live it to the full.

He wants us to be doing all we can to find and live our future life with Him.

 In our Tim reading

4-7 He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth.

Jesus did not think of himself when he was on the cross did he?

Who did he think of?

The others there with him – he talked to them

the solders – he forgave them

His mother – he made sure she was cared for

Us – that is why he was there, He wanted everyone saved

He wants us to be like that thinking of others, making sure we tell them about the good news He is, showing them what a difference He makes in our lives.

That we are free from only thinking about ourselves but care for others and there needs more than our own.

He wants to save everyone, we need to use our intelligence to see how that will happen
In Jeremiah

Oh, listen! Please listen! It’s the cry of my dear people
reverberating through the country.
Is God no longer in Zion?
Has the King gone away?
Can you tell me why they flaunt their plaything-gods,
their silly, imported no-gods before me?


 we hear the prophet wondering if God is still around in this area, all he can see is people showing off what they have, they replacement gods, they things which mean so much to them.

Do people around here act as if they have lost God and are looking for one in other things?

Can a new IPod answer prayer?

Can a new car bring comfort and healing?

does a nice job bring happiness?

Honest people will often say no, they do not.

Happiness comes from living right and that comes from putting God and others first not yourself.

Many deceive themselves into thinking they can save themselves or just want all they can out of this life, with n thought of the next.

Jeremiah goes on

For my dear broken people, I’m heartbroken.
I weep, seized by grief.
Are there no healing ointments in Gilead?
Isn’t there a doctor in the house?
So why can’t something be done
to heal and save my dear, dear people?

He is feeling for the people, they are broken and lost, and there is nothing, they have or he has which can make it better.

This is also at the heart of Church Army, a longing to bring people to see that Jesus can change there lives.

He wants to see them healed and whole, but there appears to be nothing he or anyone else can do.

He just wants to get away from the misery of seeing them

Do you feel like that, about the world around you?

1-2 I wish my head were a well of water
and my eyes fountains of tears
So I could weep day and night
for casualties among my dear, dear people.
At times I wish I had a wilderness hut,
a backwoods cabin,
Where I could get away from my people
and never see them again.

They’re a faithless, feckless bunch,
a congregation of degenerates.

Do you feel for others like that, so deeply that it hurts,

it hurts so much that you cry out for them

that you are in tears for them

Only God can answer this prayer, only Jesus can save these people.

Will you like the manager feather your own nest at the expense of another, or will you like Jeremiah see the needs of others?

Will you learn from Jesus and think of others no matter the situation you are in

Will you use the situation you are in to let others know of Gods grace and mercy?

I spend a day every 2 weeks in hospital, due to health issues, Now I can use that time to moan and whinge about things or I can talk to others in there need about what knowing God can do to help them.

I chose, most of the time , to listen and talk to them about God and what He means to me.

when it is right to do so.

Do you want your Christian group to be known as people who think of others or “They’re a faithless, feckless bunch     a congregation of degenerates.”

Back to Luke

God Sees Behind Appearances

10-13 Jesus went on to make these comments:

If you’re honest in small things,
you’ll be honest in big things;
If you’re a crook in small things,
you’ll be a crook in big things.
If you’re not honest in small jobs,
who will put you in charge of the store?
No worker can serve two bosses:
He’ll either hate the first and love the second
Or adore the first and despise the second.
You can’t serve both God and the Bank.

This applies to all of our life Spiritual and worldly, we need to be honest in what we do and how we act.

Not acting different to different people, groups or in different situations. God see’s all so you are not deceiving Him

If you worry about what people think about you then you will not be putting God first.

You need to put God first in all, being honest about your relationship with Him, being honest in your dealings with Him and others.  If you put others first then God ends up second, if you put God first all others things fall into place.

If you Love God with all of your being then you will Love your neighbour as well.

Our clever manager put his future needs to the front of how he acted, Do you?

Our future is in Christ, it is through Him we have a future not through our own efforts.

So who do you serve God or something else?

Lets pray

Father I pray that we can all be honest in our relationships and in all we do, honestly standing up for your kingdom, rather than pretending you are not important to us.

Honestly putting you first in all things, rather than our own needs first and you further down.

Loving you and your people rather than our own needs.

Father God send your Spirit to help us to live honestly in a relationship with you, to help us to use the gifts and skills given to us to further the kingdom.

We ask this in the name of Jesus our Savour.

 

 

 it was also Church Army Sunday

 The Church Army Mission Community exists to enable people to come to living faith in Jesus Christ. We are committed to sharing our Christian faith through words and actions.

About the Mission Community

Our vision is of a movement of Christ’s disciples who are so set on fire by the love of Jesus that they go to the margins of society, beyond the reach of most of the Church, showing that love through both words and actions. It is for people like this that the Mission Community exists; to be a home for those with a passion for evangelism.

It is a family where they can be resourced and encouraged, a place where they can cry together and laugh together, celebrate God’s goodness and stand with each other in the difficulties. It is not an organisation so much as a movement that focuses on relationships rather than rules. It is held together by a commitment to Christ, to the gospel and to holiness of life. Though coming from within the Anglican Church, it has an inclusive ethos and is open to those from other churches.

It is a vision of a community of love sustained by prayer and the grace of God. Our mission flows out from this Mission Community seeing lives transformed by Christ.

Vision

To be a leading organisation in the training, equipping and deploying of Evangelists, to develop appropriate and relevant forms of Christian community for pioneering situations.

Our purpose

The Church Army Mission Community exists to enable people to come to living faith in Jesus Christ. We are committed to sharing our Christian faith through words and action.

Our values

Taking the example of our founder as our guide, we own five values that are intrinsic to the vision and calling of Wilson Carlile and which should act as a template for anything we do:-

  • to follow and be a committed disciple of Jesus
  • a strong passion to see people come into a living relationship with Jesus
  • a deep compassion for the needy and marginalised
  • a love for the Christian community that works itself out in a commitment to the local Christian community and the wider church, particularly the Anglican Church
  • a pioneering spirit prepared to push boundaries to further the cause of Christ.

Our Journey

Wilson Carlile founded Church Army in 1882 as a Society of Evangelists trained to encourage and enable ordinary Christian people to live the Good News of Jesus Christ in such a way that others would be attracted to follow Him.

Carlile believed the Christian message had to be shared through words and action, and he encouraged all manner of people to witness to their faith.

In the 21st century we see many challenges and the struggles that people face in day to day living, and people in need of the love and comfort of knowing Jesus for themselves. The need to witness is no less and so we have developed the Church Army Mission Community to extend the vision Wilson Carlile had to encourage, enable and support others in evangelism

Church Army hopes to create a new community of people who are passionate about the gospel and who want to share it through words and action with those on the margins of society. Following a vote passed by more than 90% at the November 2011 AGM, the vote means that many other people will be able to join the organisation as members of a modern missionary movement. This will include people who are lay or ordained, those who feel called to be evangelists in the wider church, and Church Army’s existing volunteers and supporters.

Church Army hopes that through this extended network of mission-minded people, communities will be transformed and evangelism resourced.

The Mission Community was approved by the Church of England authorities, and endorsed by the other Anglican Provinces in the UK and Ireland in 2012.  The Service of Inauguration was held on 18 September 2012 which marks the begining of the Church Army Mission Community.

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