Sunday, December 07, 2008

Huge Encouragements for those Who Aren't Academics!

Rob Rufus said in his latest sermon: "Sonship" versus "Christianity":

"It is His pleasure to hide the revelation of the Father's love to the wise and learned, the arrogant and self-righteous - those keeping the law. But it is his joy and His pleasure to reveal the love of the Father to those who come down in humility and believe that He has not called you to be a Christian but a son who the Father loves!
What is the revelation of the Father's love?. Rest. Why? "Come to Me all you that are laiden and heavy-burdened and I will give you rest ... My yoke is easy and My burden is light! Christians talk about "God's given me a burden". Now if you mean by that that God has given you a calling and is showing you what He wants you to do along with Him then fine. But if your idea of a burden is moaning and groaning then that is not rest and that is not a yoke that is easy or a burden that is light".

Just awesome! I've been drinking in this sermon this week so far as well as scribbling frantically and have heard some incredible insights that the Holy Spirit has shown will potentially mend what doctors, psychologists and medicine cannot in my life! The whole revelation of sonship is one that I am only now struggling to learn as I missed it in my formative years growing up in church life. Regretfully I grew up as a Christian not as a son. But I am sensing this week that the Holy Spirit is saying that NOW are my formative years and the best IS yet to come!

I will be sharing more on that very very soon!

5 comments:

Jon Sidnell said...

That's a good word, Dan! Thanks for sharing.

I'm currently prepping a series of talks on grace that will take up the first quarter to half of next year, and sonship is a neglected area I definitely need to bolster a bit more! Looks like I'll have to get me some more of Rob's preaching - I really wish they'd get a podcast sorted rather than the ZIP files they've currently got!!

Dan Bowen said...

Amen to that bro! I'm still in faith believing I could maybe win the Lottery and totally set up the best website ever for CCI with podcasts, vodcasts, you name it!! Open the windows of heaven Lord! :)

Sheila said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAN! (Dec. 8th, right??) I pray your special day is a blessed one.

lydia joy said...

Yay, it's your BIRTHDAY!!! Hope it was a fabulous one!!

I too was reeling from this message, a very welcome encouragement!!!!!!

Chris Welch - 07000INTUNE said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN

folks...
since hearing Mark Stibbe on these things and his Orphans and Heirs book
and being around Peter Stott
I'm opening up to what I missed...
I am sure "the boning up phrase" was not meant in a dry way....

but in fact it is a complete understatement...revelation on these issues will determine how we
do Christianity for the rest of our lives....whether it's possible to bone up on things for a course of preaches...when it gets inside the very parts a lot of us find hurtful...and also the very reason we do a lot of things we do...or the way we do them....

It's amazing how many are being led this way at the moment.It's the foundation of a very different future church