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work of God - cover jpgI have been the subject of many discipleship experiments.  Many great men have taken me under their wing for spiritual growth and maturity, and I am thankful for each of them.  But, discipleship without relationship quickly succumbs to the slippery slope of checklists.  The message that gets picked up by many young believers is, “If you want to be a good Christian, then…”

  • Do this
  • Do that
  • Do these
  • Do those
  • Do memorize
  • Do read
  • Do attend
  • Do it again
  • Oh, and don’t do this, that, these, or those.

And the checklist of the Christian faith begins to pile up until it seems we can’t see Jesus for all the jobs we have to do for Him.

Measuring up to the expectations of others can be a crushing weight.

So what is it that God expects from us?  How long is His list?  How heavy is the burden He places upon those who would follow Him?

In John chapter 6, we are privileged to actually discover the answer to this question:

John 6:26-29 (NIV)
26 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

I am so thankful to discover God’s checklist in the scriptures.  Now I can finally get it right and measure up! 

The checklist of God for mankind:

  • believe

 What?  What else?  There has to be more to do.  Where is my “this, that, these, and those?”

Leave it to Jesus to make the Christian faith so complicatedly simple.  Actually, He makes it simple, and we make it complicated!

I understand there is much work to do in the Kingdom of God, and I believe faith will lead us to a lifestyle of good works.  But, I have observed the confusion of those who behave as though good works will lead to a life of faith.  That mindset leaves people hard hearted, religious, and bitter.

Would you dare to embrace the checklist of God today?  It could get adventurous in a hurry!

Jesus said it best in Mark 9:23

“Everything is possible for him who believes.”

Do you believe that?

Podcast

Follow the link to access this Sunday’s message “The Work of God” from John Chapter 6.

Links

Bonus Post: Click here to explore a word study from John 6:26-30.

Mindy spoke yesterday about a wonderful website.  Follow this link to watch salvations occur in real time around the globe!

On the Radar

Our Lifegroups will kick off the Fall Semester on Wednesday, August 19th, at 7:00 pm, and our children will begin their new semester of Wednesday evening Kids’ Church the same night.  Make plans to take part of the “life” in our Lifegroups!

School is just around the corner, and Sweetwater Aglow is hosting their annual Back To School Prayer Walk this Tuesday, August 11, 6:30 pm, at Lighthouse Assembly (on Newman Street).  Make plans to come pray for our schools!

Our youth will meet for an on-site Bible study this Wednesday.  We will meet at 6:00 pm at the church, travel together to a surprise location, and return to the church by 8:45 pm.  Check out the new youth website at www.efcyouth.com for more info!

Are you a new member at EFC?  Interested in joining and partnering with us?  We invite you to attend a Membership Dessert next Monday, August 17, at 7:00 pm.  Childcare will be available.

You  Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “We Cry Out” by Kim Walker
  2. “Mighty To Save” by Matt Redmand
  3. “Healer” (Here is a great video of the Kari Jobe version.) 
  4. “How He Loves” by John Mark McMillan

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday is the third Sunday of the month.  We will be celebrating our Missions Sunday.  We will also continue our series “That’s My King!” from the book of John.

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OK, time for a pastoral confession, sometimes I even surprise myself with what I say on Sunday morning.  Yesterday’s message had one of those surprising moments. 

I planned to use the drowning illustration to conclude the sermon, but as I was setting the illustration of being swept out to sea by the hidden rip current of sin, the most amazing image entered my mind.  I could see a lamb swimming by.

It is such an odd image.  A lamb doesn’t belong in the ocean.  In fact, a lamb would seem to be more vulnerable than me or you 300 yards off shore.  But it is that out of place feeling that makes the illustration work. 

A lamb is the most unlikely life jacket in the world, but if you were drowning in the ocean you would grab hold of anything.

So what do we do when we are drowning in depression, in brokenness, in rage, in regret, in fear, or in shame?  How long can we tread water alone? 

If you can relate to the feeling of drowning in this world, I want you to see that the Lamb is with in reach.  You can grab hold of Him for salvation.

If I remember correctly, The Lamb can even walk on water!  Let Him pull you to a safe place today.

 John 1:29

 Podcast

Click here to access this Sunday’s message from John chapter 1

 

 

 

 

 

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Want to see a film version of the gospel of John?  Get a great DVD version at Amazon.

How about a fun, easy to read version of the gospel of John?  You can order a copy of the Message Bible’s version of John to read and then give it away to a friend who needs to encounter your King Jesus by logging on to CBD.

On the Radar

All youth are invited to join us at Pastor Eric and Mindy’s house this Wednesday, July 8th at 7:00 pm.  If you still need a Summer Youth Calendar, we will have one for you at that time, including information about our upcoming road trip to Six Flags.

FountainGate Fellowship in Abilene is hosting a Worship Training Seminar on Saturday, July 11, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm for worship team members and those who just love to worship!  More information is available on their website

Our first Kids’ School of Worship will be held at Emmanuel Fellowship July 28-31.  This amazing event will follow the format of a VBS with the emphasis of instructing children (and adults) in the privilege of worshipping our King.  If you would like to help with this wonderful event, email Pastor Lorin at peterandlorinlopez@gmail.com.

Our church is assisting the Brown Bag program this month.  If you can help with food sacking on Tuesday, July 14th, from 6-8 pm, or food distribution on Thursday, July 16th, from 1-2 pm, please email Pastor Eric at efcsweetwater@aol.com.

You Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “Dancing Generation” by Matt Redmand
  2. “I Have Found” by Kim Walker
  3. “The More I Seek You” by Kari Jobe
  4. “You Won’t Relent” by Misty Edwards

Sunday Preview

For the months of July and August, we will take a summer tour through the life of our Lord Jesus as told in the book of John.  I invite you to join us this Sunday for our second message in the series “That’s My King!”

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