Long have I appreciated the Worship leaders and pastors who not only get up in front of folks and emote, but have the ability to construct foundation theological experiences that lead people into accurate understandings of the saving work of Christ, the activity of the Holy Spirit, and the love of the Father.
For this reason, I am loving the mental and theological crunches that Dan and the Institute is asking us, (a group gifted in emotional expression) to go through. In his Week 4 Video summation Dan described his hope that our soaking in these truths about God and the outworking of his kingdom would flow over into our writing, our songs, our literature our preaching, our relationships, and our approach to Christianity. I can already see it happening in me and the others in my church that are walking with me through this course.
In my sermons, I have a renewed focus on inviting the heavenly and earthly spheres to interlock and creating “thin” places where our citizenship in the heavenly kingdom can be more fully tasted. In my prayers, I feel more authority and confidence as I freely embrace the members of the Trinity as a collective and as separate entities. I have been given language to more creatively and vividly express the activity of the kingdom and the purpose of God throughout the ages.
Indeed, becuase of this course, I already feel a renewed hope that I am playing an important role in God’s kingdom. I am a reconciliar, a SalvificStoryTeller, an ImageBearer, and a SubCreator. I am not divine, but I there is something of a pilot light of divinity that lights my furnace and keeps me hot for God and the kingdom. Oh God that you would turn up the thermostat in my personal life, in my pastoring, and in my worship leading!