Just got done listening to the first week of this sermon series by Craig Groeschel. He is pastor of LIFECHURCH.TV and he has recently written a book called WEIRD. Which if you are following my husband on FACEBOOK, you will see that he is reading it right now! If he wasn't out of town, I'd be reading that book right now! Curt told me I need to read it, but I am thinking, I have other books I want to read, why would I read THAT one? Well, I now know why I am going to read it as soon as he gets home! ;)
Craig has 2 sermons out right now of WEIRD, I just listened to the first one and no time right now to REALLY listen to anymore. Took my afternoon listening to this week's GARAGE sermon and then this one, and now the kids are up, so I should go play with them and get a little bit of school work done as well... ;)
Here are some notes that I got from the sermon... It really stops and makes you think, just like RADICAL did. I can tell you right now that the devil will be attacking, he sure did before, during and after I read RADICAL... But as a friend told me, he can attack all he wants, he may bend us, but he will NEVER BREAK us, because in times like that, we CLING to our God more than ever! :)
These are the pastor's words, or as best as I could write them down... You should look it up and listen for yourself and then get the book and READ it!!! LIFECHURCH.TV and then the book is called WEIRD
What is normal in a schedule? Rushed, crazy?
What is normal in money? Broke, debt, fighting over money?
Normal is NOT working!
If you want what normal people have, do what normal people do.
If you want what few people have, then do what few people have. Think about it!
The teachings of Jesus, mega weird, right? Think about His teachings... they are off the normal path...
Jesus said don't commit adultery, don't even LOOK lustfully at another person, if you have, you've already committed adultery!
Jesus said if you want to be first, then you need to be last, if you are last, then you can be first! That's just weird!
Jesus also said, if someone hurts you, BLESS THEM! That's just weird! LOVE THEM, pray for them!
Weird people don't think like normal people think!
Romans 12:2 (NIV) Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2(msg) So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
What God wants is right!
Fix your attention on God, not what everyone else is doing!
The way you think determines the way you behave.
Weird people don't live like normal people live!
God wants to make you weird, take you out of normal!
But don't copy someone elses weird, if you start copying someone elses weird, then you are just normal!
Sick and tired of normal Christianity! Lukewarm... It's normal to worship one day a week, when worship becomes a 7 day a week passion, that's when you become the God kind of weird!
Whole hearted full surrendered path towards God!
If you want normal people have, do what normal people have, but if you want what few people have, do what few people do and become the God kind of weird!