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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Isn't She Beautiful - Day 1 - Session 1

This lovely, frustrating, intoxicating, painful, hard, compelling, mystery called church and why she’s worth dying for

Colossians 2:6
“thankful” – eu – well, good
charizomai – to grant, give
charis – grace, gift
Eucharist –the good gift that is Christ, and then we go and give ourselves to the world. We imitate Jesus.
Eucharist – body broken and blood poured
We are a Eucharist. We let our body be broken and our blood be spilled for others. That is why it is so exhausting. The church only works when the leaders allow themselves to break for others. It saves and redeems.
What does it mean for the Church to be a Eucharist?
2 Corinthians 4:7-12, we carry around the body of Jesus “ive been given over to death” You cant have the life without the death. 12) death is at work in us so that life may be at work in you.
1 Cor 11:23; always thought of as how to do the ritual. Maybe this is Jesus saying “do what Ive just done. Given my body. Shed my blood. Allow yourself to be a living Eucharist” Is it about what to do or how to live? Losing my religion.
Genesis 12; it’s a story of blessing.
“The Church is the only organization that exists for the benefit of its non-members.”
Jesus was a gift to the world. The Church is a gift to the world. If our church was taken away from our city/town/area, who would protest?
Ask Mayor what Tallahassee needs.
Love. Not love,(period. Not comma)
Who is most skeptical, hostile? And what would a Eucharist look like for them? What would it mean for us to break ourselves for them?
1 Cor 9:19; contrast between Jews and Gentiles. 22) to the weak, I became weak...etc. Parallelism. He left out strong. Paul doesn’t become strong to win the strong. He didn’t pretend to be better. He didn’t use power to win people.
The power of the Eucharist is not about manipulation. Its not about who’s power, or ego. The power of the Eucharist is in its weakness… Marilyn Manson song, “Its all relative to the size of your steeple”.
What makes AA so powerful is that its people who are at the end, and cannot balance on a phony all-togetherness.
- Humanity over perfection. Perfection is contrary to the power of Eucharist.
Ephesians 2:11; The Eucharist is about the new humanity. (TNIV)
In one community there are parents of soldiers in Iraq and there are war protesters. Can they take communion together?
Reject the cult of cool: cool is when old and young are together. Cool is when the Mohawk is next to the polyester suit. When something transcends differences, and brings people together. Suffering brings people together.
2 Corinthians 11:28-29; the new humanity, when you know someone in a different neighborhood, you recognize who your neighbors are.
Acts 8:9-21; The Eucharist cannot be commodified. It is not a product. It can’t be copied. Whats a Eucharist look like for these people, in this place, at this time? Unless people are being broken and poured out, the Eucharist is not being served.
Hebrews 12:18; this verse references throughout the OT into the NT which is referencing Jeremiah, and then back to Genesis. Its our history and we have a lot to pull from.
The magnetic draw of the tribe.
The Eucharist is ultimately a mystery. There is management and there is mystery. These two coexist.
The problem is when the church tries to play by the rules of everyone else. We believe that God is still reclaiming this world, that God is still at work in our world today. We don’t need to be as cool as Tallahassee is. All we need is to be the Eucharist.

At this winter festival, the students write their hopes and dreams for the world on a piece of paper and tie them to a balloon, and together they let them go.

Who is Christ to you?
The Church is a Eucharist because you are a Eucharist.
There’s Christ in us, and there is Christ through us. What’s Christ doing in you? If you’re not dealing with the things that are real then you are compromising the Eucharist. There is strength in weakness.
The best sermon is “me too”.

2 Absolutes about the Eucharist:
1. Your own journey, whatever it looks like…
a. Whats great about the Psalmists is that they are real. They don’t fake it.
2. Letting the body be put back together and the blood be poured back in.
a. The question isn’t what you can get done now. It’s what is sustainable.
b. Luke 5:16; Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray.
c. There is a loneliness to leadership that people who are not in spiritual leadership cannot understand.
There is a transfer of spiritual energy when you pour into a person.


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