These past weeks God has been speaking to us about calling - the call to worship Him unreservedly, the call to find rest in Him and the call to live for the Audience of One. You can listen to the sermons here:
"What's higher than world cup praise?" Alexander Blair
"Come to Jesus and find rest" Aris Maniatis
"For the audience of One" Richard Morschel
Yesterday's meeting was a great family time as we worshipped and fellowshipped together. Richard and Frances have returned from their 2 week trip to the Philippines and gave us a brief report about what they did and in particular about the inauguration of our first church plant, Kingdom Life Butuan. This exciting faith-venture is part of expanding God's Kingdom in the Philippines by touching individuals to reach a nation. You can find out more about Richard and Frances' trip on the Kingdom Life Butuan blog here.
Yesterday Richard spoke to us about the God who sees me and living for the audience of One. Looking at the account of Hagar's experience with God and how she named Him, the God who sees me (Gen 16:13), as well as King David's expression of his experience of God in Psalm 139, we saw that they knew God as the God who sees us and knows us intimately. Knowing that the Father sees us and that our ways are not hidden from Him should move us to live for Him alone - for the audience of One. Rather than living for the approval of many, Jesus tells His disciples to live for the approval of the Father alone. In Matthew 6, Jesus shows us how we are to live a life of secret obedience for the audience of One. Developing this secret relationship with God increases the believer's awareness of God in everyday life to the point that he or she can entrust himself or herself entirely to God despite the opinions or injustice of man. Jesus endured injustice and false accusations by living for the audience of the Father alone (1 Peter 2:19-23).
"Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Matthew 6:4