What does an uncluttered life look like? Why is this a core value of the Anabaptism movement? Listen as Steve Hall continues our Roots series as we look at how living an uncluttered life frees us to love boldly, give generously, and serve joyfully. In this message we focus on Acts 2:42, 44 and learn we need to leave time for God to send unexpected opportunities for us to show Jesus’ love to others.
Speaker: Steve Hall
Date: August 12, 2018
KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 2:42, 44: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. All the believers were together and had everything in common.”
1. CLUTTERED CHRISTIANITY
● First century church was simple; meeting together to learn, pray, and eat.
● Conversion of Constantine = Beginning of institutional Church.
● The Church is a collection of imperfect individuals learning to be more like Jesus.
2. THE RADICAL REFORMATION
● Conrad Grebel disagreed with Ulrich Zwingli regarding infant baptism and the Mass.
● Grebel proposed that the church should simply be those who had made a heartfelt decision to follow Jesus.
● To clutter is to fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness.
● Life clutter are things that impede our mission to live out a heartfelt journey with Jesus.
● “When we focus on God, we will embrace certain truths: that our stuff has been given to us by God, that it is not ours to hold onto, and that it is intended for the good of the larger community.” – Richard Foster.
● Keeping our time uncluttered allows us to establish good rhythms of physical and spiritual respite.
● We need to leave time for God to send unexpected opportunities for us to show Jesus’ love to others.
1. Talk together about both the positives and negatives to have come from the institutional church. What good things have been added to the world as a result of the institutional church?
2. What appeals to you about the simple Book of Acts model of church? How could your Small Group look more like this?
3. What is the Church? Can it be as simple as groups of Christ-followers learning and praying together, or does it need more structure? Why?
4. Do you struggle with the idea that your “Stuff” is given to you by God and is for the good of everyone? Why?
5. What clutters up your schedule? Is it easy or difficult for you to find time to spend with God, and time to spend meeting the needs of others?
1. Consider one thing that you have or are thinking about purchasing. Talk to God about it. Evaluate it with Him. Ask Him to show you if there’s a new way you might use a resource to help meet a need that someone else has.
2. Look for two blocks of time on your calendar. Consider blocking out a new parcel of time in your weekly schedule to spend with God. Consider scheduling a “blank” in your schedule and inviting God to fill that by sending someone your way to talk with about Jesus, or by revealing a need to you that you can spend time meeting.
● Focusing our Faith: BIC Core Values: view here
● More on Conrad Grebel: view here