Real God – Real People

(audio sermon)

How Vineyard Mombasa’s ongoing vision for realness in the church affects various areas of ministry and mission.

Speakers notes follow –

Real God – Real People

Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it (NIV) Hab 2.2

Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets that the one who reads it may run (New American Standard) Hab 2.2

Real People – Trump v Comey – integrity or duplicity

Our Vision – pre-service slides – how real relates to various aspects

Worship – for God (not entertainment) Spirit powered (not hype)

Barn dance – MC calls – fun – place moves! But not due to God

– Clap offering, can do better! Dance for Jesus! But not in you.

Spiritually alive: God moves – not people move – if people more when God isnt – hype – our strength – charade

Windmill tourists – elec motor – no wind – a show

Jesus: Spirit & truth – his power, not show

Each Sunday – put out sails – if no wind, Its okay – be honest

Fellowship – real (free of religious pretense)

Bar swearing – Praise the Lord Pastor – duplicity

Suited pastor – home shorts feet up – diff person – dress affects personality

Speedo man – opposite: integrity – pool & church

Real attracts/pretense repels – be you: jeans/braids/smart

Ministry – with honesty – by all members: all gifted

I was pushed! Vee falling – real ok. No catchers – chair

Are you healed? The truth? Pastors teaching presumption

First Vineyard – all ministered – much power

‘Anointed’ pastors only, not real – require whole body

Few churches led by pastors – Tradition says pastors – nullifies call

Check my passion – I need pastors

Evangelism – people sensitive not Bible punching – contemporary culture

Street Preacher – shouting at me – no audience – dated style

Age of interaction – FB/TV panels – individual opinion – dialogue

Dialogue forums – Alpha, Bible & Beer – conversational preaching

Friendship evangelism – relationship first – earn the right

Teaching – honest with scripture, not serving human agenda

Give to get – water into juice

Bible can defend itself – don’t lie to protect it – bad witness

Mercy – rejected: fallen, addicted

Divorced preacher ‘Treated like murderers’ – rejected believers

Rejected unbelievers: receive prostitutes, homosexuals, casino goers

Wimber: ‘wanted em clean before caught’

Jesus went to them – Zaccheus house – Levi banquet

Architect ‘Go to my friends’ – Pharisees can’t reach them

Jesus could preach in our bars – but not our churches!!!

Leadership – down to earth – not elitist

Behaviour around pastor at party – he’s isolated

Titles/Cloth/Seats – Jesus hates it – They make … the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honour at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted … and to be called ‘Rabbi’ [Teacher/Pastor] by others. But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers … For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted (Mt 23)

Mission – ‘|n an age where the church is being criticized for falseness, we aim to be real, and to reach those the religious cannot reach’

Pioneering – Icebreaker – clear path

Number on bus – your bus – going where your heart wants to go

Wimber: You don’t join the Vineyard, you find you are Vineyard!

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