Leadership Seminar (hosting Shane Willard)
That was a very, very expensive offering; and I believe that one of the things that is an
evidence of being right before the Lord, is that we have a heart of generosity to God, a
heart of generosity for how He gives to us. We take up an offeri ng, just a free will
offering, just out of our heart, out of a heart that's generous and thankful, and says:
Lord, thank You for what you've given to me. May you give me also grace to walk in it;
and our offering is a tangible way, it's an act of righteousness, a tangible response just
to what God has been speaking to our hearts.
Shane lives by faith. That means he has no income from anywhere. The only income he
has is what people who receive his ministry give to him, and so it's always right that we
sow, and we sow generously, so we want to do that, want to give generously. Okay,
come on, let's give Shane a great welcome as he comes back up again.
Demonstrating God's Power (3 of 6)
Tue 22 Apr 2008 « Back to Top
Remarkable similarities are found between the Corinthian Gods of Mithra, Adonis,
Addis, Horus, and the Gospel story of Jesus Christ. Paul's strategy changed in Corinth,
instead of making fine-sounding arguments that Jesus was the Christ, as he did with the
Jews, he demonstrated what Jesus' life looked like, by living it out. That gave him the
credibility to announce that the kingdom of God was at hand. Cookie-cutter evangelism
doesn't work. Demonstrating the Power of God, within the Disposition of Messiah, gives
us the Credibility to speak life into any situation.
Last night we talked a lot about Tefillah, Teshuvah, Tzedakah; and how those three
things create Trust, and create a way of life, a way of living, that requires trust. We
talked about Temptation, things like that. Tonight I want to talk about a different type of
thing, that requires the same amount of trust.
In English, when we make a point of something, like let's say our thesis is: “Shane's
shirt is blue”. Let's say it takes us three sentences to build the case that: Shane's shirt is
blue - it shouldn't, but let's say it did. Once we make our case, and state our point - we
just stop; the Hebrew people do not do that. The Hebrew people talk in what's called
"reverse concentric symmetry".
Reverse concentric symmetry is this: let's say that our main point is called Statement D
- this is where we're trying to get people to. Leading up to Statement D, we have to
make Statement A, B and C, in order to prove that Statement D is true. Now in English,
that's where we stop; but in Hebrew, that is where they start again.