FILL IN THE BLANK | Wk 1: “I Am ___”
Pastor Mike Overstreet | 04.11.2021
Message recordings available at: https://vimeo.com/element3
In Mad Libs, the stories we create are both structured & open-ended at the same time.
Human beings are narrative driven creatures. We rely on stories to shape our identity & make sense of our reality.
The Biblical Worldview – reality is defined by set frameworks; but, at the same time, humanity has been given immense freedom to choose how to live within them.
“God calls me (ADJECTIVE), thus I should (VERB) Him.”
Mark 1:9-11 (NIV)
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
The first word God speaks to us is that we are His BELOVED. It is an identity that is given, not earned.
“God calls me beloved, thus I should thank Him – follow Him – trust Him – love Him – be like Him.”
“As we learn to put aside our own plans and submit to his, we may be granted moments of vision, glimpses of his greater reality. And at the centre of that sudden sight we will find our loving father, affirming us as his children, equipping us, too, with his spirit so that our lives may be swept clean and made ready for use.” -NT Wright