Feb 12, 2017 - Rev Paul Rasmussen
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- What are two or three ways you have been blessed during this season of your life?
- How do you leverage those blessings to be a blessing for others?
- What feels different about your life when you are intentional about practicing this paradox?
“What if the single best thing you can do for yourself - has nothing to do with you?”
It’s a paradox, isn’t it?
What if the best thing you can do for you isn’t to read another self-help book, to buy another handbag or to upgrade your iPhone? What if the best thing you can do for you is to go beyond yourself?
That’s the question that leads us into week two of our Beyond series, entitled Beyond Ourselves.
Jesus models this paradox all throughout the New Testament, but even before that – at the very beginning of the Bible – God affirms this truth to Abraham:
“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. ‘I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.’” (Gen. 12:1-1)
Abraham and his wife Sarah were promised a dynasty – they were told that their descendants would outnumber the sands on the seashore. But for the purpose of blessing the world, bringing the rest of the world to know the God of Israel.
You are blessed to be a blessing.
Did you know that?
And it’s not just you – it’s us. This whole church. That’s why we have a legacy of planting churches – 40 churches, to be exact. And we’re doing it again.
Planting churches is a core feature of Beyond, the Centennial Capital Campaign.
Check out this week’s message to learn more about the paradox of blessing – and what’s in store for Campus #41, The Grove.
You don’t want to miss it.
During your First 15, spend time reading the parable Jesus teaches in Luke 12:35-48. How does this story shape your thinking about what Jesus desires from us? Does it rub you the wrong way? The parable closes when Jesus says, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” What does this make you think about your own life?