“The Christian discipline of simplicity is an inward reality that results in an outward life-style. Both the inward and the outward aspects of simplicity are essential. We deceive ourselves if we believe we can possess the inward reality without its having a profound effect on how we live. To attempt to arrange an outward life-style of simplicity without the inward reality leads to deadly legalism.”
Richard Foster – “The Celebration of Discipline”
We are in the midst of redefining what it means to BE the church. We are asking the question, “How do we unite to grow together to better serve each other & beyond?” We have been learning about 6 functions of the church that help us to live out our mission and purpose in our community. One of those functions is the encouragement and practice of the Spiritual Disciplines.
This week we shifted our lense and began “Looking Outward” those things outside of us that shape and mold our hearts…
31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt. 6)
(Click Here to read Richard Foster’s chapter on the Discipline of Simplicity.)
This week’s message is “The Church: Simply Looking Outward…” from Matthew 6:25-34.
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