Participatory Parables - Rich Braaksma

January 31, 2016

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryPastor Rich is looking at the connection between what we do in here (songs, sermons, fellowship, baptism) and our lives the other six days. Are our lives songs? Sermons? Mirrors of the fellowship and community of God? Lives immersed and baptized in God's life? Parables to participate in!

These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.
When Jesus concluded his address, the crowd burst into applause. They had never heard teaching like this. It was apparent that he was living everything he was saying quite a contrast to their religion teachers! This was the best teaching they had ever heard.
Matthew 7:24-27, The Message

Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man?The one who had mercy on him. Jesus told him, Go and do likewise.
Luke 10:36-37, NIV

Preach the gospel always, and if necessary use words.
Quote widely attributed to St. Francis (but almost certainly not St. Francis)

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.


A Beginning Song

Bless the Lord (10,000 Reasons)

Be Thou my Vision

Everything Glorious

Blessed to be a Witness

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Matthew 7:24-27

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