Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Christian Life

Stanley Hauerwas:

"Christians must live in such a manner that their lives would make no sense if their God does not exist."

Christianity is more than a religious hobby that offers us a convenient sin-management program with a nice afterlife thrown in as a bonus.

It's a life where Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, is the center of all our loves, all our affections.  And as that gets worked out in the stuff of life, the Christian life begins to look increasingly and significantly different from the average.

"He who was seated on the throne said, 'Behold, I am making all things new.'” ~ Revelation 21

"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." ~ 2 Corinthians 5

Jesus didn't just come to make us nice.  Your grandmother can make you nice

Jesus came to make us new.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

sacrifice & service

A few thoughts still roaming around in my head from an officer installation service at DPC several weeks ago...

In his book, Dining with the Devil, Os Guinness laments how often churches "secularize" what they are looking for in their leaders...

"How else can one explain the comment of a Japanese businessman to [a westerner visiting Japan]? 'Whenever I meet a Buddhist leader, I meet a holy man.  Whenever I meet a Christian leader, I meet a manager.'"

But what's at the heart of the distinction between "secular" qualifications for leadership and distinctly Christian qualifications for leadership?

Sacrifice and service.

Consider these three moments in the life of our Lord Jesus:

Matthew 4.11, after the temptations, before beginning his ministry of service: "Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him."

Luke 22.43, when Jesus is praying to his Father, before his sacrifice on the cross: "And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him."

Note that Jesus accepted heavenly strength for both service and sacrifice.  He's the Leader of God's people (Acts 5.31), and that's what leaders in the Kingdom of God are all about: sacrifice and service.  That's where all their strength is pointed.

Contrast this with Jesus' refusal to request a heavenly "rescue" at his arrest, in Matthew 26.53: "Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?"... but he didn't make that appeal to his Father.


Because Jesus' leadership was not bent towards his own self-advantage, for his own benefit, unto his own glory.

His leadership was "holy."  It was not "secular" (to use Os Guinness's distinction) in any way.

It was sacrifice & service, aimed at the glory of God and issuing from a pure love for others.

Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”   Matthew 20

May we pray for a day when Christian leaders everywhere are known by all for their holiness.  That is, for their alikeness to Jesus.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

DPC Missions Conference, 2015

We kick everything off THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, with a BBQ dinner, at 6:00 pm.  Nursery provided for ages 0-3.

Then we gather for a Church Family Breakfast (provided by the deacons) on Sunday morning, at 9:00 am.  Following breakfast, Sean & Amber DeMars will be giving a report on their work in Peru.  And then Sean will be preaching the Word of God to us that Sunday morning in worship.

At 6:30 Sunday evening the Frontline Prayer meeting will be held at the church, and the theme of our praying this month will be missions.

Then Wednesday night, April 15, at 6:15 we'll have a Q&A session with the DeMars.  Also, some of Sean's great photography will be on display.

Friday night, April 17 at 7:00 pm will be family movie night at DPC, donations only, & all proceeds go to the DeMars!

And finally, next Sunday morning, April 19, we start with another 9:00 am Church Family Breakfast (potluck, this time), followed by a report by Janice Allen & a sermon by Walter Wood.

Click HERE for more details...

Come join us!  Invite a friend!

Monday, April 6, 2015

DPC... meet Walter Wood...

This Saturday night DPC kicks off our 2015 Missions Conference, and it's going to be full of rich encouragement and helpful guidance for Christians who love the gospel and love this world.  Invite your friends!

Our first guest speakers will be our own members & missionaries, Sean & Amber DeMars.  More about that later.

Our second guest speaker will be Walter Wood.  More about him later as well.  But, with the resurrection of our Lord fresh on our minds, let me go ahead and give you an initial introduction to Walter now...

"Why I Believe In The Resurrection"
by Walter Wood