We follow a God who desires to guide our lives. This guidance can come to us in individual ways. But, there is also a portion of Christian guidance that comes through community discernment. In this sermon, we use Acts 15 as a “case study” for how the church can still utilize the powerful potential of community discernment today. When faced with a “sharp dispute and debate,” those early Christians felt moved toward one another (instead of moving away from one another in division) to seek how God was leading them. They debated, discussed, sat in silence, and listened to the Spirit. Both the church and the world need more of those kinds of attitudes today!
Most Christians believe that our lives after conversion should be different. Most of us deeply desire for our lives to look, feel and be different. We want to grow in change in ways that are glorifying to God and helpful to the growth of the Kingdom of Jesus. In the sermon series Deeper Waters, we will be looking at the spiritual practices found in the classic Christian book Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. It is through these practices that we can become more deeply formed in the character of Christ through the power of the Spirit. God does not want us to spend our entire lives walking in the “shallow end” or splashing in the “kiddie pool.” He invites us into the Deeper Waters of knowing and experiencing him.