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Steve Zeisler - February 8, 2015
Called Into Service
Our vision of ‘future truth’ and ‘things unseen’ can lead to withdrawal from the broken world around us. In fact, because we serve a greater king we are free to serve those who pursue only the rewards of this life. Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” It is a privilege to discover the gifts and calling that have been prepared for each one us.
Scripture References: Acts 13:1-3
From Series: "Immortal. Invisible."
We focus on the world we can see, hear, and touch; and are often warned, with good reason, against excessive attention to virtual experience and worldly fantasies. However, flights of imagination and the things of the material world are not the totality of existence; indeed neither is of first importance. By faith we grasp truth that is not tangible, apprehend reality we can’t measure, take hold of experience that has not yet occurred. Hebrews 11:1 states succinctly: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. There are two categories in view here: a) history that is certain but not yet accomplished (what is hoped for) and b) profound realities everywhere around us that we cannot measure with our senses (things not seen). In this sermon series we will begin a new year, not with resolutions about diets, budgets and exercise. Rather, we aim to grow in grace - giving attention to realities that beckon us from the future and form us in the present while remaining unseen.