Updated LIfe Unlimited
Announcing a NEW Life Unlimited series at www.renewedheartministries.com!!!
A few months ago I decided to completely update and redo the evangelistic series we offer called Life Unlimited. Over the last twelve months I’ve given a lot of thought to the traditional approach that we as a church used for years. I have already expressed in other places my concern with beginning with Daniel 2 for our post-modern world and the unintentional message we too many times give off to those in the audience that are broken. I also understand why we have, in the past, begun with establishing the validity of the scriptures, but I have some concern there as well. (Can anyone tell I’m a tormented soul yet?) Im quite sure that this will be misunderstood by some, but please try your best to see what it is I’m intending to say by this. It would seem that, as important as believing in the inspiration of the Bible is, it is not as central to what Christianity is about as believing that Jesus was God incarnate and having Him as Lord and Savior of our lives. Salvation is a matter of being related to Christ, not necessarily the Bible. (please see John 5:39). In fact, believing in the inspiration of the Bible should be for us a consequence (not the basis) of confessing Christ to be the Lord of our lives. (Although this is difficult to get your head around for most fundamentalists, I have found this approach is extremely effective in reaching the un-churched.) Therefore, I wanted to begin this updated Life Unlimited series in Honolulu, rather than with establishing the validity of the scriptures, instead, answering one question and one question only: Can reflective, reasonable, thinking, rational, intelligent, critical people really believe in Jesus without unplugging their brain and committing intellectual suicide? In other words, was the Historical person we know as Jesus, really who and what He, and the disciples claimed Him to be? And then let everything else (including the inspiration of the scriptures, and everything else we believe) flow from and find relevance and validity from this? Two things became inescapably clear on opening night. If Jesus is who he claimed to be then:
1) The God of the universe, as revealed by Jesus Christ, is the most beautiful being that ever existed or ever will.
2) You could not possibly be more loved than you are right now by Him.
However, this does not mean we have to accept the things we have suffered in this life as somehow orchestrated by this God. These things were wrong and should have never happened to us. We began unraveling that on night number two. And it doesn’t mean we have to blindly embrace everything about some “religion”, especially one like Christianity which holds the record for being the most violent on the stage of human history. What it simply means is: there is a God, He came to this planet, and He came to show YOU one thing and one thing only: He loves you! And although there are many questions still to be answered, His love, when seen as it truly is, is really what each human heart has been searching for.
From this foundation we spring-board into the remaining presentations on God’s character of love, revealing from the scriptures how surrendering to His selfless love for us, changes everything we believe and ushers each of us into life and life more abundantly. In other words, Life Unlimited! (Yes, we still cover topics like the inspiration of the scriptures, the Sabbath, the state of the dead, Hell, and some of our prophetic understandings, but all in the light of God and His character of love as revealed by the person of Jesus Christ.)
The result? The series was only a week long, but those who had been studying with the church up to this point were all baptized, seven in total. I was so amazed at how the whole series came together from both a head level (intellectual) and a heart level (emotional) perspective. I walked away from this series, with all its many updates and revising, and said, I kinda like the new Life Unlimited series. I think I’ll keep it. Now all we need is to update the DVDs. Ha!
But for now, it is my prayer that the new content found in this updated series will truly bless your heart in listening to it as it blessed my heart in putting it together. Our God really is beautiful, if we can only see Him as he really is.
You can find the new updated Life Unlimited series online at:
Go to the Sermon Library and look for the series: Life Unlimited – Hawaii