Worship Fully

Worship-Fully

8 years ago a group of church pastors wanted to change the way their churches viewed Christmas and combat the way western society had become hyperconsumeristic in its way it treated Christmas. They wanted to provide an alternative way to approach Christmas, and from this they established the Advent Conspiracy. Australians are regarded as being some of the most generous people when it comes to spending at Christmas. It is estimated that Australians will spend on average $450 to $500 per person on food and gifts this Christmas. That means that this year we will spend over 10 billion dollars on Christmas this year. This is an amazing amount of money on Christmas, for my family it would mean that we would be spending about $2500 just on the one day celebration of Christmas. There must be more to Christmas than just spending money.

This year leading up to Christmas we are going to be looking at some of the main concepts of the Advent Conspiracy. This week our concept is “Worship Fully”.

But the hard part of worshipping fully is to overcome the cultural noise at Christmas to buy, to spend, shop, shop, shop. If we are to Worship Fully this Christmas, there are two questions we’ll need to consider, in the midst of all this cultural noise:

How do we quiet ourselves to hear the still, small voice of God?

How can we be sure in, in the midst of all this noise and activity, that God hears us?

 

Our goal this year is to make sure this all-important voice of God is not drowned out during this Christmas season. We must stay grounded in the beautiful reality of the  Christmas story: That is a child has been born for us, a son given to us. The Advent of God with us changed everything. It changed the history of the world, and it changes us.

Living a life full of purpose

Ecclesiastes 2:1-4 (NLT)

1I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. 2So I said, “Laughter is silly. What good does it do to seek pleasure?” 3After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. In this way, I tried to experience the only happiness most people find during their brief life in this world.

4I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards.

 

PurposeIf you listen to all the people who are speaking into our world today you will find that many is not all of them have one thing to say. That a life lived with purpose is the most important aspect of one’s life.  However, their understanding of what a person’s purpose is meant to be is totally different. Some think that a life filled with purpose is one where you have accumulated all that the world has to offer. Other think that as long as you can laugh in the face of the world the all is ok with your life. Lots of theories about what it means to be living with purpose, but most do not really hit the mark.

 

The question of living a life full of purpose is really asking the question “Why am I here? What can I do?” these question about your life are so important and a large proportions of the world never turn towards God to find the answer. The bible gives us an insight in the futility of trying to find life’s purpose in the everyday (Ecclesiastes 2:1-4), because life purpose is found in God and God’s plan for your life. Living a life full of purpose is living a life that God has planned for you.

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