“A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, poured into your lap.” (Luke 6:38).
We’ve talked before about the vibrant “spirit,” or “buzz” around our worship space Sunday mornings here at WFPC. It’s something that goes beyond crowd size, or the excitement that surrounds a special occasion. Instead, it speaks – unmistakably – to both spiritual anticipation and a genuine sense of delight at being in community.
I’ll recommend watching the “worship live feed” – click here for the video (the sermon begins around the 23-minute mark) – but here in this post I simply want to focus on three elements.
- Bread-making in the discipleship hour
- The baptism
- The message
First, our “Director of Food Ministries,” Mandy – along with one of the twins, Alyssa – gave a bread-making demonstration. Warm water, yeast, flour, kneading – all this and more.
Then we all had the opportunity to play with our dough and form it into some variety of loaf. Next week the bread will be served with communion.
I had plans to braid mine into something fancy, but the dough never stopped rising, and all my careful work lost its definition because the yeast was still active and the bread was alive. It was still the same flour, the same water, the same yeast, the same sugar, the same salt – but it simply wouldn’t stay still.
I couldn’t help but think about the Reformation, 500 years ago this year, and how folk like Martin Luther helped activate the yeast… and we’re still reforming, still changing, still moving forward into new and better life. Still the same foundational gospel truth, but always alive. always reimagining, and always re-forming.
Sunday morning’s baptism had to be one of the sweetest I’ve ever witnessed. Henry is seven years old; he listened to Rebekah so intently, held onto her hand, and leaned into her when she prayed for him, taking everything in with bright, understanding eyes.
Many of the children came and sat on the floor around Rebekah and John, just to be close. The things of God seem to be so clear to the children here. It’s not just an innocence, or openness to suggestion – but a knowing. When Jesus suggested we all need a more child-like faith, this was what he was referencing; not so much that we teach our children as what we can learn from them.
The things of God seem to be so clear to the children here. It’s not just an innocence, or openness to suggestion – but a knowing.
Rebekah preached about what it means to share our faith. Not in the sense of browbeating, or “hooking” someone, or looking to close the sale, but in terms of being so full up with light ourselves that some of it can’t help but spill out.
“We can’t help ourselves!” Peter and John in Acts 4, said when they were told to keep quiet about Jesus; “we can’t help but talk about what we have seen and heard!”
- The best way to share Jesus is to be filled up with Jesus ourselves!
- The most convincing witness we can offer to the light is to shine!
- The most effective action we engage if we want the world to hear the good news is to live good news lives!
- The most compelling story we can tell is the one we are actually living!
- The best commercial for faith is a body of believers who live love out loud, and who demonstrate what “the life that is truly life” (1 Tim 6:19) looks like!
I’ve got to tell you, friends, if you had been present in worship with us yesterday morning, you would have left the church campus overflowing with life.
So embrace it! Live faith out loud, with enthusiasm and conviction. Let the love that you receive from God be the love that you live. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38).
Live like you mean it, because God certainly intended something amazing when you were imagined, conceived, and created – DEREK
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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.