8/9/15- Sunday Sermon Summary

The Power of Presence
 Main Texts:
Job 1:1-5
Job 1:13-21
Job 2:7-9
Job 2:11-13

-The bible is the story of God and His presence and His sharing of that presence with His creation
-We lost a healthy relationship to/with God’s presence in the Fall (Gen. 3:8- they hid themselves from God’s presence)
-Ever since the fall, God has been working to share His life giving/changing presence with us
-The Old Testament is full of imagery of God’s presence with His people (burning bush, pillar of fire, ark of covenant, tabernacle, etc.)
-The New Testament begins with God intimately sharing His presence with us through Jesus (Matthew 1:23- Immanuel=God with Us)
-Through His Holy Spirit, His presence has taken up a new dwelling place- His people/ the church (Ephesians 2:22)
-The bible culminates with His people enjoying His presence forever (Revelation 21:3)
-Presence is important to God. Our presence is important to God. We were made as relational beings in His own image
-Our presence needs other presences to relate to and ultimately tell us who we are and to heal our brokenness and hurts
-Before we move to minister to others we need to have a full reliance and dependence on the presence of God ourselves
-Exodus 33:15 “And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.”
-God’s presence is the only presence with real power- His presence with our presence is what gives us strength to minister
-Are we even aware and sensitive to the plight of others? When is the last time we wept for someone other than ourselves?
-John 11:35 “Jesus wept”- He was often moved with compassion and empathy for others
-We have to be willing to leave our comfort zones and our own agendas to enter into the situations of others (Job’s friends made an appointment and put their lives on hold to visit Job)
-Jesus left a throne room and shared in our experiences for 33 years
-To build a bridge to another is to be incarnational and is a shadow of the gospel
-We must be willing to share in the experiences of others. (Job’s friends sat in the ashes with him and grieved for seven days and nights)
-Often, our presence ministers to others more than our words do

“More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, throw water, and be known as someone who wants to live with them. It is a privilege to have the time to practice this simple ministry of presence. Still, it is not as simple as it seems. My own desire to be useful, to do something significant, or to be part of some impressive project is so strong that soon my time is taken up by meetings, conferences, study groups, and workshops that prevent me from walking the streets. It is difficult not to have plans, not to organize people around an urgent cause, and not to feel that you are working directly for social progress. But I wonder more and more if the first thing shouldn’t be to know people by name, to eat and drink with them, to listen to their stories and tell your own, and to let them know with words, handshakes, and hugs that you do not simply like them, but truly love them.”  – Henri Nouwen


3 thoughts on “8/9/15- Sunday Sermon Summary

  1. Love this. So thankful that you share these Sermon summaries. It’s not quite like being there in person (I was in the nursery that morning) but I so enjoy reading the summaries even when I am present.

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