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Moving Mountains (like us)

mountain-moving-faithFebruary 21, 2013

We ask God to move mountains but forget that God also wants to move you. In fact, it’s possible that YOU are that BIG mountain. — Eugene Cho, Founding & Lead Pastor of Quest Church (Seattle, WA)

Every Sunday morning, all over the world, preachers stand in front of their congregations and do the impossible: they speak human words that only partially articulate God’s Word. And hope. And trust.

That God will use their words
to make his people a channel of salvation,
to mold his people into a work of art and beauty,
to move his people closer to their authentic calling and purpose

Every Sunday morning, all over the world, preachers stare into stony faces that stare into mobile devices or empty space. And ponder. And wonder.

At the miracle that God still redeems and transforms the world…

Despite us.

Those of us who worship at Canaan are no different than the millions of Christians around the world. All of us bring our inattentive minds and hearts, impure motives and thoughts, and unrealistic expectations to church each Sunday.

Yet, by Christ’s grace, we are still chosen to be instruments of God’s righteousness and ministers of God’s reconciliation. We are called to connect for God!

Would you join me and allow God to move you? Can all your social, work, school, and family connections be used for God’s purpose and to strengthen Canaan’s ministry? Here are four quick suggestions:

1. Use the Sunday second hour and lunch hours for God: Attend classes, help with Children’s Ministry, develop relationships with visitors, etc.

2. Have two or three one-on-one conversations with people each week: Have a meal, coffee or tea with friends or potential friends. Have conversations with them about (but not exclusively about) God and Christian faith.

3. Plug into a small group: We have a good small group ministry. Invest in them and invite others to join.

4. Place Canaan into your heart: Canaan’s ministry to the world and reputation in our community is shaped by you. So think about Canaan. Pray for Canaan. Build up Canaan. Breathe Canaan. God called you here to be his people. You are Canaan.

Let us not merely come to church each Sunday. Rather, let us be the church. Let’s expect to find our true purpose and identity in Christ! Let’s experience the fullness and joy of His life in us!

May God move mountains like us!

See you Sunday!

Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries
timtseng.net

Connect4God – Visit canaanem.org

P.S.

1. Summaries from last two Sunday messages:

– Feb 3 based on Luke 4:21-30.

Jesus showed up to challenge us to really hear him and
set us free from our self-centered bigotry which
prevents us from connecting with all God’s people.

– Feb 17 based on Luke 4:1-13

In the wilderness for 40 days, Jesus disconnected
from the devil’s bad advice,
and revealed that the purpose of humanity is
to live by God’s word,
to worship God alone, and
to trust in God’s care 

2. BAPTISM AND MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS are due 3/10. A brief orientation session will be held before the 3/31 welcome service – followed by a membership class in April.

3. THIS SUNDAY: Second Hour class, Heresies – What Christians Refuse to Believe will be led by Pastor Tim and Nelson Lu. We will explore the heresy of Arianism, namely, the view that Jesus was not divine.

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About Tim Tseng

I'm Pastor of English Ministry at Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church (San Jose, CA), independent scholar and theological educator.

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