2.27.11 Worship Confessional

Ought. Is. Can. Will. Four words that could change your perspective on anything and everything.

This morning we begin a new series designed to root our community more deeply in the Gospel story. Over the years I have discovered that many followers of Christ hold a truncated view of the Gospel, a Gospel that fails to encompass the totality of God’s redemptive story. This is sometimes called the two-chapter Gospel and it focuses on the themes of fall and redemption. While these are critical aspects of the Gospel, there are not the metaphorical whole enchilada.

Michael Metzer has developed the language of ought, is, can and will to describe the four-movements of the Gospel and speaks about this in an interview with Gabe Lyons entitled, Living the Gospel in Culture:

“We think about life the way it ought to be only because of Creation. There is a design in it. We only recognize the life that is because of the Fall; there is a default. We only think about what we can do to make life better because of Redemption. And finally, we only dream about what will be because we’re made for eternity, the final Restoration. That’s our destiny.”

First a statement and then a follow-up question for you:

Statement: a true understanding of the Christian story demands that we approach our world in terms of how things ought to be.
Question: how do you understand the world as it ought to be and what clues do the creation stories in Genesis 1-2 provide us?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this and look forward to some dialogue.

Our worship flow for this morning included:

  • God of Wonders (Third Day)
  • Reading from Psalm 33 (A Creation Psalm)
  • Hallelujah: Your Love Is Amazing (Brenton Brown)
  • As It Is in Heaven (Matt Maher)
  • I Will Follow (Chris Tomlin)
  • Commissioning of Our Gulf Coast Team (we have 22 people headed to the Gulf Coast next Sunday to do Hurricane Katerina relief work)
  • My Reward (Kristian Stanfill and Jason Ingram)

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend during worship at The Worship Community.

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  1. Thanks for the comment. Great set list. Great songs.

  2. I Will Follow is one of my favorite songs lately! We’ve worked it in on a few Sundays over the last few months and it seems to have caught on very well at our church.

    Great set!

    • Matthew – we actually did a nice package around our Gulf Coast Team’s commissioning by starting with “I Will Follow” followed by prayer and then “My Reward.” Tomlin writes some great melodies and “I Will Follow” has certainly resonated with our community of faith.

  3. How did your congregation connect on “My Reward”? We did that a few times and I felt like they never connected.

    • Jeremiah – it was the first time we did the song, so I am reserving my judgment, until we do it a couple more times. Our Gulf Coast team has been using Kristian Stanfill’s “Mountains Move” as their soundtrack for their trip, so the song has special significance to our community of faith which I suspect will help it resonate with people. The lyrics are pretty demanding – it is one of those “all in” kinds of songs which I think can make it tough for people to embrace.

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