Los Alamos Church of Christ
This morning we begin a challenge. This morning we begin our 2016 challenge. This morning we begin the challenge of finding our sweet spot of worship. This morning we begin… Connections. This morning we begin to attempt to get our head and heart around…
ESV Matthew 22:37-38 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.
Our challenge is to love; worship; connect to… the Lord our God with all of who we are… not just our 10:30 to 11:30 on Sunday mornings; but every desire of our hearts; every longing of our souls; every thought process of our brains; all of who we are! The great, first commandment is to connect to the Lord our God!
This morning we begin quite the challenge… because…
--Our God is an infinite God.
ESV Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
We have quite the challenge to connect who we are to the unsearchable creator.
--This infinite God loves variety.
--Last week I told you there are 400,000 identified species of beetles. There are, conservatively estimated to be a million species of beetles! Why? Infinite creator!
--According to FishBase, 33,100 species of fish have been described by April 2015 with 250 new species identified every year.
Our God loves variety, but he went crazy when he created homo sapiens…
--Our God created each of us differently…
It is like a mirror; a broken mirror. In the moment of creation God looked into a mirror and saw His own image. Then God broke the mirror into a gazillion pieces. Each piece bore a part of his image. As each person is formed, a piece of mirror, a portion of His image, is imprinted upon who they are. Each of us bears a portion of the infinite God. We each reflect a portion of God. I can see a glimpse of God in you as a reflection of God.
ESV Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
--Our God loves to be worshipped in infinite variety!
Only you can worship God like you can worship God. Your connection to God is YOUR connection to God. God has you on his favorites list; Straight line to God. 7 billion of us on earth are all unique and each could worship God uniquely.
New thought… That is what the restored earth will be like… everyone there will have be distinctive temple of God… wow! On the renewed earth we each will have an eternity to learn how to connect to our God!
ESV John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
That eternal challenge begins today. Our challenge is to find your distinctive temple… your sweet spot of worship. I can hardly think of anything more exciting than to learn to love the Lord your God with ALL your heart and ALL you soul and ALL your mind. Being fully engaged in connection to God surely is what we are created for. Is this going to be fun, or what?
Throughout 2016 we are going to…
--Find our sweet spots, individually first. Who am I? What is my piece of mirror?
--Learn to rejoice in other people’s uniqueness. I see that you are different. How can I appreciate you more? How can I support you? How can I cherish your distinctive gifts?
--Get over being judgmental of other people. One of the reasons there has been splits within churches and distrust of other Christians is misunderstanding how others are wired differently to connection to God. If I can see your value to God, you have to be valuable to me.
--Get out of our comfort zones by sampling other temperaments. As we get older we get stuck in routines. We need to be brave. We need to see if we can participate in each other’s connections.
--Share our sweet spots together to pump up our church. Imagine if we all found our sweet spots and then brought them together to form the body of Christ… a thin place of worship with all of us connecting!
--Learn the word “Temperament”. Here is what I mean when I use this word…
--Temperament is your spiritual tuning. Using a musical metaphor, each of us is tuned to the key to which we are wired to connect to God.
--It is your distinctive way/s of connecting to God.
--It is who you are naturally.
--It is your spiritual fingerprint.
--Is a person's normal manner of thinking, behaving or reacting
There are nine historical temperaments…
The Nine Temperaments
• The Intellectual: Mind and Truth
• The Sensate: Beauty and Creation
• The Traditionalist: Ritual and Symbol
• The Enthusiast: Mystery and Celebration
• The Ascetic: Solitude and Strictness
• The Caregiver: Service and Compassion
• The Naturalist: Outdoors and Observation
• The Contemplative: Adoration and Intimacy
• The Activist: Confrontation and Injustice
These are the historical nine. We are going to focus on them as a starting place for discovering our connections to God. Each of these is like a slide on a sound board, which leads to interesting combinations. Each of us become unique.
I have identified at least 8 more Potential Temperaments… Some of these are combinations of the nine.
• The Writer: Words and Mind
It is not enough to learn the truths of God; the writer connects by crafting words so they others may know God too. They feel the connection as they form the words.
• The Preacher: Communication and Passion
The preacher connects to God through speaking for Him. Preachers feel the connection to God as they passionately communicate His message to others.
• The Servant: Service and Obedience
The servant simply connects to God through the performing of acts of service, apart from any recognition. Their love to and from God flows in their often solitary service performed out of devoted obedience to God.
• The People Person: Hospitality and Conversation
The People Person connects to God through fellowship with others. They enjoy getting to know others and seeing God in others. Their hospitality is how they serve and express the love of God.
• The Giver: Money and Generosity
The Giver connects through sharing. Their generosity honors God. Supporting good works is connection through others.
• The Teacher: Sharing and Truth
Similar to the Intellectuals, Teachers love the truth and learning. But they connect when they are able to pass on the truth to others. Discussion of deep theological concepts connect them to God.
• The Connoisseur: Beauty and Appreciation
Unlike Sensates who enjoy creating with their own hands, the Connoisseur can connect to God in the appreciation of beauty. Like the Naturalist they see God in the beauty of created things.
• The Spiritual Warrior: Prayer and Fight
Some people more easily see the spiritual world… demons, angels, etc. These people have a deeper level of focus on the unseen world around us. They can be powerful intercessors into suffering brought about by the prince of the air.
I hope to identify other temperaments throughout the year, but working on these will keep us engaged through the year.
There has never been or ever will be someone who is just like you. This isn’t a testimony about you, but rather a statement of God’s infiniteness. The significance of your uniqueness is… only you can worship God like you. No one can take your place. You are invaluable and irreplaceable.
We begin the challenge to find our sweet spot of worship.
Join me in reciting…
My temperament is God’s gift to me.
My temperament is my gift to God.
My temperament is my gift to the body.
My temperament is my gift to the world.
January 3, 2016
Los Alamos Church of Christ