I know it’s been a long time since we’ve all been back together in the same room. And I just want to encourage you to come on back. There’s a place for you. There are seats here. I know that it is easier, certainly to be in your home and to be in your pajamas. And, hey, if you need to do that, that’s great. But, man, there’s something special about being with God’s people. There’s something special about singing together and worshiping together. I want to invite you. Come on back.

There is a chair for you, and we want you to come back home. I also want to mention, I don’t know if she’s here today, but, yeah, I just found her. Carolyn DK’s, 40 years as a disciple. Is that what you said?

No.

What did you say was it? 21 years as a disciple? I was like, I don’t even think she’s 40 years old, so that would be very surprising. We don’t always do years of the disciple. Congratulations. But I think I saw that online this morning. I was like, that’s incredible. So Congratulations on you. And hopefully, I know there are people who have been Christians here. For many, many years. And the amount of maturity we have in this Church is just a real benefit of everybody here, especially of those who come from my generation and younger.

So really grateful for all the years of service that you guys have done for the Lord and how you inspired me and my heart. Let’s just jump right in. We’ll say a prayer in just a few moments. Here’s a question for you. I want you to really be thinking about this. Maybe you can ask your husband or your wife if you’re sitting Besides them, or you can ask your brother or sister you’re sitting Besides them. This is the question I want you to ask the person next to you.

I want you to ask this question. This is great. Are you attractive? Are you attractive? How do you look? I’m just kidding. Attractive. The definition of this word is pleasing of a thing, pleasing or appealing to the senses. You an you ask your husband? Am I attractive? And your husband will say, Absolutely, honey, you’re the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life. How attractive are you? I don’t actually necessarily mean how do you look, though I know that’s the thing that comes into our minds.

Instead here’s another question. How attractive is your family? When people see your family, do they want to have the relationship that you have with your kids? When they see your relationship with your wife or your husband, do they want the relationship that you have with your spouse? What would they say? Would people want the bedroom bedtime routine that you have in your family? Would they want the quality time that you spend with the people who are in your family? To put it another way, and maybe not just about your family, but would anyone desire your life? Would someone want to learn from you? Would they want to learn about how to overcome or how to fight or how to grow or how to apologize or how to lead or how to change or how to be challenged or how to step up or how to work? Would anyone want to copy your lifestyle? Would they want to imitate your faith, emulate your heart? That’s what I’m talking about. That’s what I’m asking when I ask the question, are you attractive?

There’s a relatively new career path for young people that’s called influencing. Do you know about this? A social media influencer is somebody who has about roughly 20,000 followers or more and their own particular site of their preference. Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, whatever. And the job of an influencer is to make themselves attractive to make their lives attractive so that big brands will come alongside of them and hitch themselves to their influencer life. It’s a symbiotic relationship where the brand will pay the influencer and the influencer will get paid to be attractive.

This is such a popular field that these large brands, all of these large brands have decided to go to use influencers. Giant brands like Nike and Starbucks and CVS and brands that are kind of off the beaten path have all used influencers, whether they call them like major influencers or micro influencers. And they use these brands. And we’re not using these people. And we’re not just talking about athletes or actors or musicians. We’re just talking about people that are famous because they’re attractive. There are beauty influencers people like James Charles and fashion influencers people like Alexa Chung and food influencers my favorite Mr. Salt Bae. You guys know who this is? Lifestyle influencers. People like the Damelio Sisters and Lily Sings. And you probably have never heard of these people if you’re over a certain age. Photography, influencers and fitness influencers and travel influencers. And there’s Tik Tok influencers. And the point of all of this is to promote a lifestyle of attractiveness so that when people see your life, they want to be like you. And eventually a brand will come alongside you and give you money to promote their brand. And they’ll say, Here I’ll give you some money so that you can pretend like wearing Nikes, makes you look cool and makes your life attractive.

The reason you’re attractive is because of your Starbucks coffee. And then they’ll say, okay, and they take that money and there’s this relationship, right. They become these brand ambassadors if you would. Millennials and Gen Z’ers have replaced the traditional career dreams of firefighting and police officers and doctors and lawyers with the Resounding declaration, I want to be an influencer aka, I want to have an attractive life. I want other people to see my life and think I want to be just like you. Now, if I were to propose that one of the purposes of God’s people is a more pure, I guess, wholesome version of that.

If I were to propose this idea that God’s people are called to live attractive lives and that God actually cares about how you look to the world and that he actually is like a brand in the best way possible, hitching himself to the men and women of God so that his message will spread. I know that I would open myself up to some serious misunderstandings, but that’s exactly what we’re talking about today.

We’ve been in a sermon series called The Purpose of God’s People, where we’re talking about what the point of life is and what God desires from the people who live in this world. When God calls us, how does he want us to live? That’s been the whole idea of this sermon series. And today I want to talk about the idea that God actually wants us to live attractive, even cosmetic appealing lives. And I know those words when you hear them sound very superficial because you listen to them in the context of the world we’re living in.

See these influencers who are in our world are curating their lives. They’re only selecting the things they believe look the best. They’re the perfect version of themselves on social media. We don’t see that in the biblical worldview. That’s not what I’m talking about. When I say attractive, I’m not talking about kind of whitewashing ourselves. Today, I’m not talking about faking it until you make it, you know, living a fake live on social media. I’m not talking about showing only the best bits of yourselves or even trying to look good in such a way where you fake a smile with your husband, even though you’re hoping to divorce him or you’re editing photos to make sure those bags under your eyes go away.

I’m not talking about adding a filter to your life. What I’m saying is that God’s people are supposed to be attractive in the way they live. I’m using the original version of this word in the Greek from which it comes to hopefully promote an idea that God’s purpose, sorry, God purposes his people to live attractive lives. Lives that would display the attractiveness of the God that they serve. We’re going to eventually make our way through a bunch of scriptures. But today I want to start off in Titus chapter two, verse nine, we’re going to look at Titus chapter two, verse nine here in just a moment.

As a matter of fact, I’m just going to read it now. It says teach slaves to be subject to their Masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted so that in every way they will make the teachings about God our Savior attractive. First, let me just make a quick comment. This isn’t a scripture condoning slavery. This is instead speaking to those who, by the evil of the world, find themselves enslaved.

And what Paul is telling them is that even their captive lives can be attractive to those who see it. Slavery isn’t the thing in the modern world, or rather, slavery isn’t the thing in Jesus time. And in Paul’s time, that would be the thing that was a glamour shot on Instagram. He’s not talking about making himself look so good and have the best drip on. He’s not talking about any of that. He’s saying, make sure you live your life so well that people look at you and go.

There is something significantly different about you. Notice again, he’s not talking about influence or culture. He’s not talking about the need to fly to Paris to take a glamour shot. He’s not talking about sitting on the beach of the Maui sipping Chardonnay. He’s not talking about wearing a bunch of caked on makeup or losing 50 lbs or looking like the rock to be attractive. No, he’s saying that no matter your circumstances, you could actually be in the horrific position of slavery. But if you live in a way that honors your God, even the evil people in the world will look at you and say, there is something very different about the God in which you serve.

We will be attractive to those who are far from God. It’s like two Corinthians five, verse 20 says, we are therefore Christ ambassadors. I love this as though God were making His appeal through us. Let me give you an illustration. Let’s say you work at Amazon. And while you’re there, you serve in Amazon. The reason you use Amazon is because Amazon, if you work at Amazon, I love you. But Amazon might be one of the most industrial complex, the highest industrial complex companies in the world right now.

And let’s say you work there at Amazon and you serve diligently. And every single day you arrive on time and you stay and you do your best. You speak respectfully to your boss, you’re kind and generous to your coworkers, you’re trustworthy, and you steward your responsibilities well. And let’s say through the years of your employment, you show a spirit of joy, even when things are really difficult and on your face is a face of peace. And there’s patience in your heart, and you have conviction. And so you stand up for what is needed.

But you’re doing the right thing every single day. Eventually, people will begin to notice, and it might give you an in with your coworkers or with your boss. And maybe it gives you an in with Jeff Bezos. And maybe all of that allows you to speak about your family and your kids and your marriage and the things that God has made better and your friendship and the friendships that are loyal and true. And then people will wonder, how is it that you can work at this place and live the life you have?

How is it that you can be a teacher serving 60 hours a week and have so much peace on your face? How is it that you can be a doctor and a first responder and someone that’s on the front lines of this difficult pandemic and be someone that is so full of joy, people will wonder, what is it about you that makes your life so different? And then you’ll tell them about the God you serve, and now it’s because of Him that you are who you are and that you have what you have.

And in that moment, you are an influencer because your life is attractive and people will wonder, why are you always so joyful? And why do you work so hard? And why do you stand up for your convictions and you’ll be able to turn to them and explain to them that it’s all about the God that has given you everything that you have. That’s what Paul is after in the text that we just read. That’s what Paul is getting at. That’s what we’re going to talk about today.

We’re going to explore through various texts again, the same theme that God’s people are to live in such a way that they become attractive and attractors to the God they worship. Let’s look at how this intersects in the Scriptures by turning over to Deuteronomy chapter four, we’re going to look at two Old Testament passages and then we’ll circle back to this Titus passage one more time. But we’re going to look at these two Old Testament passages and just see how the Old Testament really highlights this principle in a physical way.

This principle that then is brought to life in a spiritual way in the New Testament. Deuteronomy is the book of the retelling of the law. If you’re familiar with Deuteronomy, you know that Moses is presented as a preacher and he’s charged with motivating the Israelites who are about to cross into Canaan and he’s supposed to motivate them to be loyal to the law and to obey it and to keep it diligently. It’s basically all of Deuteronomy has these moments, and there are a variety of what we would call motive clauses.

Motive clauses for obedience is really what you find in Deuteronomy. They’re littered throughout this whole book. A motive clause is like the reasons why you should obey. So Moses gives a bunch of reasons throughout Deuteronomy why people should obey, and basically they all sound the same. Do this and God will give you this. There’s also the ones on the opposite side, which is, don’t do this and God will destroy your lives. There’s a lot of these motive clauses and they’re littered throughout the entire book, and most of them, generally speaking, are obey and good things will happen for you.

Obey and good things will happen for you. But in Deuteronomy chapter four, we encounter a motive clause that is incredibly missional and speaks to exactly what we’re talking about. Listen to this Deuteronomy. Chapter four, verse five, it says, See, I have taught you these decrees and laws and the Lord, my God, I’m sorry. As the Lord my God commanded me again, this is Moses speaking. So that motive clause, you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. Look at the next verse here.

Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations. He says, hey, do what’s right obey the law, because if you do it, it’s going to show how wise you are to the nations. He’s talking about attracting or displaying the goodness of God by the goodness of the people of God. Who will hear about all these decrees and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. Next verse, what other nation is so great as to have their God near them the way that the Lord, our God is near us whenever we pray to Him for what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today.

I’m sorry. Setting before you today, Moses is explaining something that we have to understand in our own relationship with God. And it’s this idea that God’s people live on a public stage. You’ve heard it said before, the reason I’m not a Christian is because all Christians are hypocrites. People say this as a way to demean the Christian faith. I see you Christian people and you don’t live out the way I know you’re supposed to live out. And because you don’t follow those things, I reject your faith.

This idea we live on a public stage is so very obvious. It’s obvious for the bad, but it’s also certainly obvious for the good. In history, we are open to observation and reaction from the people that surround us. For Israel specifically, Moses is talking about the surrounding nations. At one level, they lived, they were surrounded geographically. They lived on the border between three different continents, Africa, Asia and Europe. They were on the Crossland between the great powers in the east and the great powers in the west.

But at a theological level, it was even more significant than that. These people are supposed to be the image of the God of all creation. Remember in Genesis chapter one, when God creates man, he sets them as an icon for the rest of the world to see the goodness of their God. This passage is a reminder of this. God sets you out in the world and goes, look, world. This is what I’m like. Are you like your God? Do you love like him and act like him and look like him and sound like him?

Or are you just a broken idol? When I became a Christian, my first year or two or so was fine. Then eventually I just lost my way. Kind of Dove headlong into sin and rebellion and unrighteousness. Certainly that’s a story for another day. But what was clear to me is that when people saw me and all the things I had said about God, they now rejected because of the person who was displaying the image.

At the start I was so evangelistic. Hey, God so good. He made changes your life. If you do what’s right, God will be good to you. And then they saw a man who basically rejected everything I had ever said and had lived a fake life. This is why the Christian writers are so intense about you falling away because you Mar the name of God.

Man they understood they were on display. This idea that we are image bearers doesn’t just shape our intrinsic value. It also leads us to a consequence on our purpose. We are supposed to be icons. We’re supposed to represent God to the world. And so here in Deuteronomy chapter four, Moses portrays the nations as taking an interest. You know, they’re kind of like looking on the sidelines. What are these people like? And what they see is okay, I see your social system and your economic system, your legal system and your political system and all these things.

And what Moses is saying is if you obey, if you follow, people will look at you and go, That’s a great nation, that’s a great system. They’re full of wisdom and understanding. But if you notice, if you look back in the passage there, if you notice verse seven in verse eight, what does it say? Verse seven tells us the reason, the reason that the reputation or what the reputation is based on. Verse seven says, it’s all about how near they are to God. It’s not about how great they are, but all about how near they are to God, and the second thing about the righteousness of the law and also Consequently, their righteousness themselves.

So notice the picture of how good you are. Whether or not you can display the image of God to the nations is all about your intimacy with God and how righteous you are. See, it’s not that they were great. It’s that they chosen to follow an awesome God with perfect laws who is perfect in all of his ways. And so a little bit of that perfection rubbed off on them. So if they’re close to Him, if they in Jesus word, remain in the vine. If they obey Him, if they abide in him, they’re going to be seen as a great nation.

Also, they’re going to be very, very attractive. Isn’t it true that you’re made more attractive because of who you’re around? Every husband believes this idea. You’re way more attractive if you have someone, a beautiful wife beside you or a beautiful husband beside you or whatever. I don’t want to talk too much about this because it’s going to become confusing. But you get the point. It’s like the brands connecting to the influencer God is saying. If the life of my followers is great, then the people will see the greatness of their God.

It’s interesting because God blesses those who are close to him and he blesses those who are close to him as a missional statement of how great he is. By the way, the idea that God blesses those who are close to him is just a fact. The Bible tells us in Galatians chapter Five that if we are in the Spirit that God gives us the fruit of the Spirit, often that passage has been seen as things to obtain. That’s not what the Bible teaches there at all.

The Bible says that it is a fruit of being close to Him. Peace is a gift given to us because we are righteous and because we are close to God, it’s a gift given to us. Joy is a gift given to us. Love, goodness, selfcontrol is a gift given to us. Those are blessings given by God to God’s people. And the reason it’s given to us is not just so that we’re blessed or just so that we’re beautiful or just so that we’re peaceful. But so that people will look at you and go, why do they still have peace?

Anybody in his situation will lose their mind. But man, that guy is still selfcontrolled. Why is that again? Oh, and God will say it’s because of me. I gave him that peace. In the Old Testament, that spiritual reality is seen physically. Israel could have become a superpower if they would have just obeyed and been close to God. But they didn’t. They rejected God. They rejected his ways. What we see clearly in this whole passage is that you can change the slide, is that the ethical quality of the life of the people of God is a vital factor in the attraction of the nations. How ethical we are, how good we are, how righteous we are is an attraction to the people around us.

And of course, this is the same challenge that so many of us face. We want to teach the world that God is good, then live a good life. You want to be a righteous person. Rather, you want to be someone that’s able to show the world about the goodness of God. Don’t live a life where you complain every five minutes. Don’t grumble and grumble. Don’t be just like the world. And really, I think we’re living in an insidious time because we’re tempted every single day to believe that God’s ways are actually not any better than the world ways.

We’re trying to constantly be persuaded to adapt the progressive, successfully progressive worldview as opposed to holding on to the Christian worldview. And really, what ends up happening is that we think we’re being relatable. But in fact, we’re not attracting anybody to God. What we’re doing is we’re pushing him away. And what we’re saying is that the real attraction in the world is whatever the world does and not what God teaches himself. And I’m just saying your ability to live on purpose is going to be directly related or undermined I guess, by how much you hitch yourself to the culture of this world. Eventually it will start with like, new emphases and then new language, and then you’ll have some moral decay. And soon you’ll just be like everybody else around you because instead of holding on to God and sort of drawing people into him, you’re like I want to be relatable until you go and hang out with the world. And eventually you just become just like them. And you’re not attracting anybody to anything. And it’s why the scriptures say that bad company corrupts good character.

And it doesn’t say the opposite. To put this whole thing another way, the world will see no reason to pay attention to our claims about our invisible God if it sees no visible difference between the lives of those who make such claims and those who don’t. We understand this and we see this. But let me give you just one more illustration. It’s found in First King chapter Eight if you have a Bible, you can turn that with me. It’ll be up on the screen, but flip over there because I think the passage is really good.

First Kings, chapter eight is a momentous day in the history of Israel. It’s taken seven years up to this point for Solomon to build God’s temple. And in one Kings chapter eight, it’s the dedication of the temple. It’s celebrating sort of the attending and the arrival of the Ark of the Covenant. And after that there’s a great prayer of dedication that Solomon says. And then there’s an exhortation of the people. In many ways, this is the climax of David and Solomon’s reign. The temple is supposed to symbolize the presence of God in the midst of his people.

And it’s like, wow, this will be the heartbeat of Yahweh’s presence in the nation. And of course, this passage begins with a declaration of God’s goodness. This is what it says in verse 23. It says, Lord, the God of Israel. There is no God like you in heaven above or on Earth below you who keep your Covenant of love with your servant, who continues wholeheartedly in your way. Solomon is saying, God is so good. He’s so amazing. He’s so incredible. Then he goes on and explains that people will flock to the temple in times of famine and disease and siege and drought and all these different things.

And then he kind of shifts the conversation a little bit. And he’s talking about the people of Israel coming to God’s temple. And then he says, this line, as for the foreigner who does not belong to your people, Israel. So first he sets it up and he goes, God, you’re awesome. God’s people will come to you. But ask for the foreigner. And what you might expect is the foreigner drive them away, you know, make this place clean and Holy, make this place perfect so that no foreigner comes.

Make this place so that the foreigners just want to stay as far as humanly possible away from the temple, because if they come in, they will degrade the temple. That’s not what Solomon says at all. Instead look at what he says. And this speaks to the attraction of God’s people. We’re supposed to be attractional. Look at this next verse. As for the foreigner who does not belong to your people, Israel, but has come from a long distance from a distant land because of your name.

Why are they coming because of your name? For they will hear of your great name. He’s trying to set up a system he’s like, you know, hey, there’s all these foreigners that are going to see the awesomeness of God. And when they come and when they hear of your mighty hand and your outstretched arm when they come. And when they pray towards the temple, when they come, and when they pray, what should you do, God? This is Solomon praying to God about how he should treat the foreigner verse 43.

Then hear from heaven your dwelling place. Listen to this line. Do whatever the foreigner asks of you. Do whatever they ask of you so that all the people on Earth may know your name and fear you as do your own people, Israel. And you may know that this house I have built bears your name. One commentator I read said that this is possibly the most marvelously Universalist passage in the Old Testament here at the most focused point of Israel’s sense of uniqueness in their relationship to God on the very steps of the temple itself.

Solomon’s prayer anticipates that the people of God should be so attractive that foreigners far and wide come into the presence of God. And that Solomon then says, hey, answer their prayers so that everyone will know that you are good, that your ways are right, that you are true and that you are powerful. Do for them what you’ve done for us. You split the sea for us, split the sea for them. You’ve done what’s good for them. Do what you’ve done, what’s good for us, do what’s good for them.

You’ve impacted our life. And the thing is, who knows what’s going to be in that question box? You know, we all sent all sorts of crazy things, but Solomon assumes that if they come to God, if they’re changed by God, then they will then allow God’s message to spread even further and his reputation will grow even more. Answer their prayers so that they will speak of your Fame. Answer their prayers so they’ll speak of your Fame. Solomon has an understanding of God’s people that we often miss.

That the point of God’s people, a purpose of God’s people is to attract them into the presence of God. Attract them by your life. Attract them with the way in which you live. Attract them by how you stand up, attract them by your good deeds. This is why in One Kings, chapter Eight, verse 60, this whole thing concludes with this so that all people on Earth may know that the Lord is good. The Lord is God and that there is no other. And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord, your God, to live by his decrees and obey His commands.

As at this time, if only what Solomon urged the people to do, they actually did. They actually eventually do not. And you know the story, Reheboam and Jereboam basically split the Kingdom in half. It’s a terrible thing, but the edict here we see again, there’s an element of you can change the slide here. There’s an element of mission and ethic. There’s an element of purpose and ethic. If you want to be attractional, if you want to help people become Christians, if you want people to see what it means to follow this good God, then you better live an ethical life.

You better live a good life. And if you do, the character of God will be displayed to all nations. Brothers and sisters, I want to encourage you to stop aspiring to temporal attraction. Who cares how good you look on Instagram? Seriously, no one cares. Like no one goes on your Instagram account and goes, wow, they’re in the Grand Canyon. Double click. Nobody cares. But when you stand up and all of a sudden you stand up and there’s been just a disaster and you stand up for righteousness or you’re full of peace, or you’re full of joy when the rest of the world is full of chaos, that’s when people go, what is different about you?

If you stand in front of a Memorial and you’re like praying for the people of whatever and you take a picture, nobody cares. But when you live your life in such a way where you actually pray for people, they actually care. When someone in your family dies or someone, or rather, when a neighbor dies and you and your family rally around them and pray for those people and bring them a meal and serve them. Let me tell you, you are attractive. Stop striving for the attractiveness that the world thinks is attractive because it’s not all that attractive and instead live your life in such a way that people are drawn to the God you serve.

Let’s finish where we began with the slaves and the remarkable power that they had, according to Paul, to apply this kind of this cosmetic appeal to the doctrine of Salvation. The whole thing that’s happening in Titus, the evangelistic work of the Church would start from the people, the lowliest people living an attractive life. And what’s amazing is that if you read the history of the first century Church, what you find is that some of the first people to convert major, powerful people in the Kingdom were actually slaves.

What they saw is that their slaves were so righteous and so obedient and so kind. And again, we’re not talking about condoning slavery. That’s not what this passage is talking about at all. But they saw that they were so amazing that the people took notice. And this is why I believe that Titus continues in the Book of Titus, continues in verse eleven, it says, for the Grace of God has appealed, appeared sorry has appeared that offers Salvation for all people. It teaches us and look at again the moral ethic.

It teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self controlled, upright and Godly lives in this present age. Verse 13 while we wait for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself up to redeem us from all wickedness and purify us for Himself as a people that are his very own eager to do what is good. So what are we seeing in this? That it’s this idea of that our eagerness to do what is good, our eagerness to be right, righteous and true and good has an effect on the whole world.

Good deeds motivated by a good God changed the world, draw people to us and ultimately to our God. And this is what happened. The slaves and the first century Christians devoted themselves to the heroic act of good deeds, of doing what was right. And as a result, Christianity became the dominant religion in the world. Emperor Julian in Ad 331 became so fearful of Christianity that he actually says their good deeds would change the whole world. The problem is that Emperor Julian, his fears were actually proved unfounded because many Christians stopped doing good things instead became attracted to looking good.

So I want to encourage you be someone who does what’s right, be someone who does what’s good and also be an influencer. Live attractively. You can bring people to Jesus. You can stand up for what’s right you can give to this world that really needs it. People will really want to follow someone like that. And God will bless your life and you will look more and more attractive. He’s not going to bless your life to change your circumstances, but will fill you with blessing upon blessing upon blessing. He will allow you to you’ll be attractive in the way you deal with sorrow and the way you grow in pain, in the way you handle stress and the way you have joy in your life and peace in your mind and love in your heart. And you will be an influencer. And people will see a citizen of heaven and the world will be changed by men and women who are living out their purpose of attracting people to the God that they serve. They will come to God’s gates and they will long from far and wide.

They will come to God’s gates and will ask for their prayers to be answered because of the people who are icons and images of God Himself. Let’s go to God in prayer, Father. We pray every Sunday for Communion and we take bread and wine or juice that represents your blood and your body broken for us. But today I just want to think about how attractive Jesus was. Lord, there is no one who ever lived like Him. Every person who has ever lived wants to look like Jesus Christ God I want to be like Him and I’m drawn to Him and even atheists are drawn to the teachings and the practices of Jesus Christ Lord, he lived such a good life.

God we pray that we can emulate that great life so that people will be drawn to your presence. God, I want I wish Lord that this Church would be so blessed, so blessed in love and so blessed in peace and so blessed in righteousness and so blessed in goodness that that all of Broward County would come flocking to this building looking for answers to how to be like the people of this Church.

God I pray that we don’t substitute your worldview for a lesser, lesser one of this world. God, I pray that we don’t substitute the idea of standing up for righteousness with just affirming everything that we don’t dive into the rest of the world and believe that somehow that ultimately produces goodness. But I pray that we will hold on and we’ll hitch ourselves to the progress of Jesus Christ to the ways of Jesus Christ, to the teachings of Jesus Christ. And in that be so changed that the world will see the goodness of the God we serve.

Father, we love you, dad. I ask you today that you’d be with us as we take Communion, that we will have a consideration of who Jesus was, that we’ll be drawn into His presence once again and that we will change the world literally for you and your son. We love you in Jesus name. Amen..