Our Famous Failures sermon series has taken us deeper than I first expected, and has touched on some very delicate aspects of our faith. In Sunday’s message, I challenged our congregation by saying, “The most dangerous thing we can do in our faith journey is interpret God’s will through our failures.”
Statements like this need to be digested. They are not “one and done” thoughts. In fact, they rub against some of the lies that have been deeply ingrained in our hearts about God.
I strongly encourage you to follow the link and listen again to Sunday’s message. I actually wish you would listen to it twice. As you listen, ask the Holy Spirit if you have misunderstood God’s heart and His will for your life because of some of the heartbreaks and failures you have experienced. Ask God to reinterpret those events through the lens of His amazing love and the truth of His Word.
Here at EFC, we emphasize four simple truths we describe as our “Pillars of Thought.” We have intentionally established these Biblical statements as tools to help us interpret what God is doing in and around us. These pillars define our approach to understanding God and protect our hearts from misunderstanding His character.
I pray these principles will come to define your understanding of the heart of God as well, and may they give you courage to rise up from any failure and continue to pursue His glorious purpose for your life.
The Pillars of Thought that define the revival culture of Emmanuel Fellowship Church are:
GOD IS GOOD
It is our adamant belief that the fundamental nature of God’s character is goodness. When Moses requested to see the glory of God, our Lord responded by saying, “I will cause all of my goodness to pass in front of you and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence.” (Exodus 33:18-19) The glory of God is His goodness.
WE LIVE FROM HEAVEN TO EARTH
Paul teaches that “our citizenship in is in heaven.” (Philippians 3:20) We are ambassadors of the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, we live according to the government, culture, atmosphere, and economy of heaven. We live from Heaven to earth, recognizing that what is invisible is a superior reality to what is visible. We will live according to the truth Jesus taught us to pray, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
EVERYONE IS SIGNIFICANT
We see the fingerprints of God upon humanity. We will live lives of honor toward one another. We live to see people saved, healed, and delivered from the effects of sin, to help them identify their God-given personality, gifts, and purpose, and to see them actively invest themselves in the work of the Kingdom. Knowing that everyone is significant leads me to understand that I am significant.
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
Really. The Bible says this. We believe it.