Let’s look at two areas today: Passionate worship and Reliance on the Spirit for ministry.
What is worship? Worship is our response, both personal and together, to God for who He is, and what He has done; expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.
As the leaders of ILF, it is the responsibility of each of us to demonstrate our love for Jesus, our response to His love for us, to those around us. We are visual demonstrations of God’s love! And this cannot be demonstrated through us unless Jesus is active in us. This is a continuous process of daily repentance, seeking Jesus through his word and prayer and acting in love regardless of our circumstances. That is worship!
Paul makes it clear in Romans 12:1, “I appeal to you, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual act of worship” John 4:23
The action of worship, despite our circumstances, is impossible in our own strength. It requires us to rely on the Spirit every minute of the day. Friends, my heart is sinful. The Spirit, the equal part of the Trinity, draws us to humility. Humility both before God and each other. Confession that we are all sinners saved by the grace of God. The Spirit calls us to intimacy, Read Psalms 63:1-11! Because the Spirit resides in each of you, as you seek Jesus, your intimacy with each other will naturally grow.
Much like each of us cannot grow in Christ and fulfill our purpose in life without Jesus, ILF cannot lead communities in faith, love and grace without active worship and reliance on the Spirit. Nothing any leader of ILF says or teaches is as important of their demonstration of love for Jesus, each other and those they serve.
John 15:4-6: 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
What is your personal understanding of this verse?
What does it mean for you as a fellow worshipper of Jesus?
What does it mean for all of us in ILF?