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Play Your Position

June 14, 2004

“Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heart and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.”

James 1:9-11

Economic status was the order of the day at Mosaic. After running the camera for the first and second services/celebrations today, I was able to take notes during the final one at 5:00 pm. This week’s Ancient Proverb in Modern Times was “Play Your Position”.

Based on this passage from James, pastor Erwin began his sermon with a little history on the Protestant and Catholic wars in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from where he and his family returned last week. He had a speaking engagement there to celebrate the Day of Pentecost. He explained how the wars are/were not so much due to differences in theology, but differences in economic status.

Here are more notes from my journal. I’m running the camera for both of the morning celebrations now, and I’m doing other things during the evening celebration, so if my notes seem to jump around, don’t worry…I still know what they mean:) They’ll just seem scattered to you. Feel free to ask questions.

-the purpose of Jesus Christ is not to make us affluent and wealthy
-as Christians, we are all born into different economic statuses
-step into poverty with responsibility/step into wealth with responsibility
-poverty creates the environment for great faith in God’s provision
-don’t get lost in the wanting/don’t get trapped in the having
-poverty is a lack of opportunity of another choice (I’m more and more grateful to be here everyday; my life is rich with opportunity)
-REDEMPTION AND LIFT
*sociologists don’t believe in Christ, but they believe in Christianity, because Christianity breaks the cycle of poverty
*an person in poverty who comes to know Christ might not change their economic status within their lifetime, but within 2 generations their heirs will find themselves in a completely different economic status
*Christianity breeds responsibility
-do not abdicate your responsibility with wealth
-maximize your opportunities of being born to privilege

In summary: Play Your Position

(and yes, there were more fortune cookies this week)

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