Got a little behind on posting these but here are the day 4&5 submissions. Its been awesome to see what everyone is making every day!
We’re rolling along through 7in7.
Here are our day 2 submissions. Its been really exciting to see everyone’s work, keep it up!
In your anger do not sin
Our church (Center Church, Brenham Texas) is doing something this week entitled, “7in7.” This is creating something each day for seven days, all for the glory of God. I admittingly do not have much skill. I’m not a writer or much of a blogger at all anymore, but I decided I’m going to blog for a few days, just thoughts that come to me.
Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV) – 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
This passage is one that is quite difficult for me. I can get angry, and when I do, I tend to blow. and when I blow, I will do damage unfortunately to people and things around me. Oh, I’m not a violent person at all, but I can be rather cutting with my words.
This verse obviously has some practical meaning.
“In your anger do not sin…”
Here is an important truth: we will all at times get angry. We will be offended. We will be wronged. We might at times feel the sting of injustice. And because of this, our blood will begin to blow. We want vindication. We want to see those who may have offended us quivering in a corner, begging for mercy. Well, maybe not everyone – but I sure do! It is easy to feel justified, especially when you are sinned against by another.
But notice this portion of the passage doesn’t say don’t get angry but do not react in your anger by sinning.
We are now new creations in Christ. While we at one time did respond when being wronged in burning hot wrath, we are now ministers of reconciliation. The Apostle Paul says, ” God…reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…” (2 Corinthians 5:18 NIV).
“Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry…”
It is important to deal with your anger as soon as possible. One of the worse things we can do (and we often do) is we will rehearse an argument and wallow in our offense. Come on, let’s be honest for a second – we all enjoy doing this. Well, at least I do anyway. But this is not how the Lord would want us to be. Not only must we watch our response when we are angry, but we must quickly figure out a way to deal with our anger.
“and do not give the devil a foothold.”
If the devil can’t bust the doors down of our lives to destroy us, then he will try to create the tiniest of cracks in said door to cause us a problem.
You ever had a splinter in your finger? It can be so small, but it is extremely irritating.
How many times have I gotten angry at a brother or sister in Christ, a family member, my own wife and children and the reality of the matter is it was a very insignificant thing that was trying me crazy. I was allowing that problem to splinter off and fester. In other words, I was giving the devil a foothold.
What can we do to not allow our anger to defeat us?
There are just some simple things to think about. Here are a few that have helped me.
I am a new creation in Christ. What helps me is to remember that God has rescued me from my sins. I am being transformed by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12:1) and I remind myself of the gospel.
No matter how much that person has offended and angered me, I have offended Christ far more; and yet He has forgiven me. Again a gospel truth to remind yourself of. The fact is, we do not deserve forgiveness. We don’t deserve grace. But we all have ultimately earned hell! But Christ paid the price so that we might be the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
We are now ministers of reconciliation. Ask yourself, “What action can I take or words can I say that will bring an end to the conflict, cease anger, and restore fellowship? Once you have the answer to this, then do it for the glory of God.
The Lord is not looking for people to change the world because they are angry. He is looking for servants who seek to be reconciled with others and not to give the devil a foothold but to present a wide-open door of opportunity for the gospel.
Here are the day 1 submissions for 7in7 2019! Enjoy and make sure to encourage the creators!
During our current sermon series we are looking at the different heart postures that the gospel produces in us and participating in practices that help us grow in these different postures. This Sunday we’ll look at Genesis 1 and see how God created all of us to be creative people who bless others with the work of our hands. To practice this posture we’re going do something called 7in7. Its a creative exercise that helps us recognize and practice the ways God has gifted each of us with creativity. This will focus primarily on seeing our time and talents as a gift from God to be stewarded. Colossians 3:17 says, "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." God has given each of us time and talent to cultivate those gifts as worship of Him and a way to bless others. 7in7 is a seven-day creative endeavor to help us step further into stewarding those gifts God has given us.
The goal will be to create for seven days in ways that cultivate our gifts and bless others. Each day you will be challenged to step into the hard work of creating something in whatever way you are gifted.
If you are a songwriter, what would it look like to write seven songs in seven days?
If you are a baker or enjoy cooking, what might it look like to create seven dishes in seven days?
If you love woodworking what would it look like to work on seven small projects in seven days or one project each day for seven days and see it completed?
If you’re a scrapbooker what would it look like to complete a scrapbook page a day?
(Other ideas might include: painting, sculpting, poetry, writing confessions for Redeemer liturgy, serving neighbors, photography, landscaping, short stories, sewing, drawing, graphic design, coloring)
The goal is not the quality of the work, but to grow in stewarding our gifts and stepping out in faith to serve generously. One of the hardest parts of doing creative work is making your self sit down and actually do the work. 7in7 provides us with a helpful framework to actually get some things made.
Each day you’ll be able to submit your work to be shared here on the center church blog. Just send a picture, recording, or copy of your work to my email.
As a church family, we will celebrate the courage and vulnerability to put our gifts on display, whatever that may look like. This will also push all of us to grow in the discipline of trying new things and finishing what we start. Next week I will follow up with a bit more on how this will work itself out, but 7in7 will run from April 1st-7th and will be followed by an All MC celebration at the building on April 7th 5:00 pm to enjoy all that was created!
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