28 September 2008

the velveteen rabbit theology

today i preached on the classic children's book, "the velveteen rabbit." if you don't know it, i would recommend checking out the video on youtube that i linked (it's the first third or so). [that means click the title of this post] it's about becoming real.

don't worry.. i used a lot of bible verses. anyone interested in my notes on the subject can feel free to ask.. they are in german, so i am not going to bother translating them unless there is an interest. it was about a 25 minute sermon, counting the video. afterwards i gave out coloring pages of a rabbit and colored pencils, and invited everyone to seek God and make their own creative notes about the sermon and what He wants to show them.

after church i met up with the american hillary and her boyfriend and two of her university friends from different countries. they came to the hope house and had coffee and talked. i was able to bless peter with two badly needed white dress shirts in exactly his size! (which is odd because he is very tall and thin, so standard clothes don't fit, he has to buy from special stores... i just happened to have gotten a donation from another guy exactly his size!) as a thank you, he bought us pizza. :-D

now i am alone in the vastness of the hope house, and it's rather odd. hannah has been gone all summer and won't be back for a few weeks, matze rarely is here since getting back together with his first love, and moerssl is spending the night at friends who live closer to his work. anyone want to come visit?!


At 05:38, Blogger Jonathan said...

do you get to preach often? where do you preach? what was your basic challenge...you said becoming real...in what sense?

such a great opportunity! good to hear about it
(HBC - Texas)

At 06:09, Blogger cate mcmillan said...

wow.. someone still reads my blog :-D

i can preach as often as i want at my church here (the Jesus Freaks) and am occasionally asked to preach elsewhere.. i am part of the church preaching team. usually i wait until i am asked for a certain date, though, such as when someone can't fulfill their obligation. preparing a sermon costs me alot of time.. i am overly thourough. yet another reason i long to get a masters of theology..

my main theme was how to recome real as christians.. (i'm not sure if the saying is in englisch too? like "get real" the germans say "be real")

I. show film and tell story (trans to german the dialogue on real)

II. what does "becomming real" mean?
A. to myself
-not overly confident
-not defeatest mentality
B. to others
-not putting on aires
-not false humility
C. to God
-He knows you anyway, so be honest
-listen to Holy Spirits conviction
-look in His Word

III. how to become real?
A. through love
-definition of Agape
-not read, mention 1 cor 13
-say 1 john 4:19
- companionship/ compare to boy and rabbit
-1 john 2:5-6
B. through pain
-1 peter 1:4-6 (empf on end)
-from story: edges filed, seams pop, stuffing falls out, eyes pop off, loose color, fur fall out..
-let others see the places in you that aren't perfect, even if they aren't kind about it
-paraphrase 1 sam 16:7
C. through patience
-1 cor 5:6-8
-it's a long process
-that means not a one-prayer thing or even a goal you know the endpoint on like getting a degree
-joh 8:31-32
-reread the key words, shows prosess
-2 kor 4:16-18

III. conclusion
A. did the horse study theology joke
B. summarize points
-read 2 cor 4:2
C. introduce time of meditation and prayer,
-rabbit coloring pages
-beats as background music
-open mic for testimony


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