sojourn gatherings sundays at 11:15 am
THE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS
Sojourn gatherings (worship services)
every sunday morning
We have our Sojourn Gathering (Worship Service) in the borrowed youth area at Woodland Acres Church. Two separate church services under one roof!
Where? Woodland Acres Baptist Church -- 5511 S Harvard Ave Tulsa, OK 74133 (South end of Woodland Acres Baptist Church--Follow Signs!)
When? 11:15 AM
3 things you must know
1. God is jealous for you & our city
(and that is scandalous and shocking)
God has an unrelenting, aggressive, undeserved love pursuing us.
God is jealous for you and this city. He has many "in this city" who are still far from Him. God's love is a scandalous love.
God loves us. And that should be shocking.
Exodus 34:14 "for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a Jealous God..."
Acts 18:10 "for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.”
2. jesus died in your place to ransom you
(we are captivated in Christ due to this truth)
God is jealous for our affections and devotion. And Jesus died, taking on the wrath of God, in your place, to make us right with God again.
Most of us, especially in the Bible belt have heard repeatedly "God loves you!"
But have you ever stopped to ask "Why?"
Why would God love and send His innocent Son to die for the guilty and rebellous?
If not careful, "God loves you" is presumed upon and taken for granted.
Again, it is an unrelenting, aggressive, undeserved love.
Ephesians 2:1,3-5 "And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked...and were by nature children of wrath...But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved..."
We realize in these truths that we are simultaneously more sinful than we were aware of and more loved by Christ than we could ever imagine.
Unrelenting. In all our pursuits and worship of other things like possessions, status, money, sex, power, relationships, God relentlessly pursues.
Aggressive. God pursued His rebellious enemies. It is an active pursuit, not passively waiting on us to discover Him.
Undeserved Love. We did not deserve His grace and mercy. We could not have earned our way to Him by morals or being good people.
2 Corinthians 5:20-21 "We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake He (God the Father) made Him (Jesus) to be sin, who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousnessof God."
3. We are learning to love one another & the city well
(great commandment & great commission living)
Learning the love of the Father instead of earning the love of the Father.
Religion and legalistic moralism says "I live a good life, therefore God will accept me."
The gospel contradicts that and says, "I am accepted and loved by God because of what Christ accomplished for me, therefore in response, I love and serve Him."
The difference between those two ideas will lead to either rigid moral exertion or debauchery in the former view or enjoying and pleasuring in God from the latter view.
Learning to love one another!
In response to what Christ has accomplished for us, we both respond to the gospel message in awe and worship and at the same time are being shaped by the gospel message in humble orthodoxy and obedience.
If we have understood the gospel of Christ, we want to love what He loves.
We are a people still struggling in sin, but redeemed. We are a people still needing hope, repentance, renewal, and transformation through the Holy Spirit.
We are learning to love one another and to love the city well. Notice we say "learning." Too often, "churchy people" give off an air of arrogance or self-righteousness. We are not better than others. We are not a better church than others. We are actually learning how much more we need to cling to Christ and His gospel as we engage in the city.
Learning to love the city!
We easily assume that we love the city. But do you really love all parts and all people in the city?
Our hope is to be a community of people growing in their awareness of Jesus' love for them as well as bringing that love to bear in our relatioships in our homes and community.
As we grow in our awareness that Jesus truly changes everything, we want to see the gospel renew the places we go for work, entertainment, food, fun, and community.