God doesn't miss a note in orchestrating His universe, does He?
I wondered how it might work out this past Sunday. I mean, with a guest speaker from the Church in another nation, I sort of wondered if the lessons would continue apace with what the Holy Spirit has been teaching us for the past 16 weeks:
What we got was Dr. Melese Wogu of Ethiopia, speaking on Biblical Compassion; the perfect message for a church being incrementally called to abandoned service in the Kingdom. It is what's next for us. Please click the link, and make a study of this message if you couldn't attend on Sunday.
The key scriptures, most revolving about the demonstrated compassion of Christ, are as follows:
The essence of what the our class realized from studying these passages is that Godly Compassion has little in common with the found-less pity of the human heart. Trying to capture every awesome thing God revealed through His word and His people last week is like trying to preserve a kiss. You had to be there to understand the depth of this study.
Our walk-away value from this sermon is found below in our weekly B.L.U.F. - Bottom Line Up Front
1) Compassion is "action" with God's passion; not pity
2) That "action" must be right action; your assignment within God's plan
3) To walk out your assignment within God's plan requires mortifying your objections - a crisis of faith
4) The best things in life are always preceded by this kind of anxiety; so it is with the life of faith
5) Abandon your comfort zone, and never return to it
Make no mistake; this is the kind of pursuit that finds its object. Dr. Wogu's challenge finds us on the threshold of an apostolic calling. Will Cornerstone be a church that answers that call? Talk is cheap.