Series Title: ORDINARY
Dr. David Kirkpatrick - T. Gannon Fellow, FSU Department of Religion, City Church member
Series Summary: In society today, we are experiencing something called "the cult of extraordinariness." The thought of being simply ordinary is offensive to us in today's fast-paced, over-achiever world. This is impacting the Church at large, since for the Christian, following Jesus is counter-cultural. There is a pendulum constantly swinging between enthusiasm for following Christ, and disillusionment at what that actually means. The Scriptures point us to a different story: one of ordinary life. This life consists of steady maturation, gradual growth, and the slow process of becoming more like Christ within the community of the Church.
An ordinary Christian has a mission in the ordinary. A life focused on sharing the gospel is not only for a specific group of people ("professional missionaries"), but for every person who follows Christ.
[Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-6:2]
God wants to give us a new motivation in living a life on mission.
In his letter to the Corinthian church, Paul writes that the love of Christ now compels Christians to share a message of reconciliation. For the Christian, every person is seen in view of eternity, no longer in a worldly perspective.
Reflection Question: Do you feel the pain of people searching for meaning in their lives?
The love of Christ working in us begins to turn our inward focus outward, toward the needs of others.
There is no such thing as a Christian without a mission. In Christ, God is unleashing a healed and whole YOU into the world, to live on mission for Christ.
How can we practically live on mission?
1. Practice hospitality when it is inconvenient or not easy for us.
2. Intentionally build relationships to share the love of Christ with people who are difficult to love.
3. Do for one what you wish you could do for all.
All of these opportunities to serve others should lead to Gospel conversations. We cannot simply practice kindness; we must preach the message of reconciliation that is found in Christ, which Paul tells in 2 Corinthians.