Our One Contribution
May 3, 2015 - Rev Matt Tuggle
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Matt shared how scared he was about asking Amy’s dad if he could marry her. Share a time when you were convicted about something but you didn’t know what the outcome or consequences would be. How did you feel about acting on your conviction?
The next time you are presented with an opportunity to take a stand – maybe it’s standing up to a bully at school - how can you respond with courage? Why?
When you have a hard time taking a stand, is there someone you can go to for help? Do you have someone in your life that will come alongside you and help you take a stand? If you don’t have this person in your life, what might you do to surround yourself with a community that will stand with you?
We had another beautiful Sunday! It was so great to enjoy the beautiful weather (and delicious cheese and fruit) with you all after the service. We love getting to know you, and we hope you will continue to reach out to us and help us get to know you better!
This week we’ll pick back up with our Galatians series by looking at Galatians 3. If you missed it on Sunday, Matt spoke out of Daniel 3 and talked about courage.
Stand: Stand Firm
We will all, at some point in our lives, be faced with moments wherein great courage is required. Matt claimed that true courage is found when a circumstance has 3 things:
-a clear conviction
-cloudy, or unfavorable, consequences
-an action rooted in conviction and not contingent upon consequences.
In other words, acts of courage happen when A. we know clearly what we need to do B. we either don’t know what the outcome will be, or we know for sure that it will not end well for us, and C. we act based off of that conviction and not based on what the consequences might be.
A clear example of this can be found in the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They are 3 Jews who lived under the reign of king Nebuchadnezzar who had just created an enormous golden statue in their town. He commanded that whenever they hear music being played, they are to fall down and worship the statue. If anyone refused to worship the statue, they would be immediately thrown into a blazing furnace.
This did not fly with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who worshiped the one and only God. Even under the threat of death, their conviction was clear. They would not compromise what they believe by worshiping another god, even if it would literally save their lives.
Here in America, it is unlikely that we will have to defend our faith at the threat of death, but situations arise in our lives all the time that ask us to compromise our convictions. Every time this happens, we have the opportunity to be courageous. Whether it is in our jobs, our relationships, the way we handle social justice, or something else, we will be faced with the opportunity to be courageous. We can follow our convictions even though we don’t know what might happen, or we can sell out.
When those situations arise, here are some things to remember to help you make the right choice:
1. Stand on the shoulders of those before you. Look up someone in history who has faced a similar decision, or just someone who has made a courageous choice on behalf of their conviction. Read about how they stood up for their convictions and let that inspire you to act bravely in your current situation.
2. Stand with those around you. Let your community provide support for you. Seek out the people around you to help you in these times and give you the strength you need.
3. Stand for those coming after you. You never know who you might be inspiring. Someone that you are pouring into now may go on to do something incredible and courageous. It’s important for us to remember this:
We are the shoulders upon which the next generation will stand.
The church should be the most courageous place on the planet! Our convictions are clear: Love God and love others. We have an example of someone before us who did this: Jesus. And we don’t have to try to do that alone.
Tuesday: Galatians 3:1-9
Wednesday: Galatians 3:10-14
Thursday: Galatians 3:15-18
Friday: Galatians 3:19-29