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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Bells of Christmas – Part 2




Celebrate Christmas

Last week I posted about who we are in Christ through the acronym BELL.  This week I want to share how we can know our Savior more intimately and make Him know to others through this same acronym from Cedar Point Church.

The BELLS (adapted from Michael Frost’s book EXILES)

BLESSING—The Hebrew for “blessing” (barak) means “to empower to strength”. We seek God’s blessing and pass that blessing on to others. *Bless 1 person this week (preferably a non-Christ follower)

EATING—Sharing food has always been central to a life of community. We want to place worship and communion back where it began, as a provider’s delight in the middle of the shared table. *Eat with 1 person this week (preferably a non-Christ follower)

LISTENING—We believe that God is capable of speaking to us. We do not confine Him to any particular medium, but we try to be attentive to His voice, wherever and whenever it speaks. *Take time to listen to God for 1 hour this week (listening, not talking)

LEARN—We desire to take on the image of God and to participate in His plan. We seek out knowledge about God to help us to do this. *Study Jesus’ life a little bit each week from the Gospels. How did he live? With whom did he interact? What were his commands? Then “go” live like Jesus did.

SENT—We are ambassadors who bear God’s image in the world. Remind yourselves regularly that we are “sent” to participate in God’s activity and mission in the world. *Take time each day to reflect on the question: “How have I worked with or resisted Jesus today?”

Living a mission-minded life is not adding mission oriented things to your life, but a way of life focused on others and the mission of God. Try the BELLS for a month and see how your life and others are change.

Celebrate His mission this season…

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