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God Of The Globe

Matthew 24:14 • September 2, 2018 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.

We believe the world will be fine without us. Even as we feel, on any given day, some lingering sense that someone should be doing something to make these things right, we often comfort ourselves with the thought that ultimately, this place will be fine. It was here before me. It will be here after me. It will be OK. Not only is this a fatalistic approach to the world and the unfolding of history, but this thinking also robs us our noble role in world events and in the unfolding of history, and specifically for the Christian, in the unfolding of Redemptive History. In other words, we have a part to play in things being made right, and it goes far beyond what we might be willing to even think or believe… but it is no less true. In fact, the church father, Paul, wrote in his letter to the ancient church in Rome that creation itself waits in eager expectation for God’s children to be revealed so that it can be brought into freedom and glory. God will renew what is broken in this world. God is renewing even as we speak, but the fullness of that cannot come without our faithfulness to participate in His plan. And our participation—in both word and deed— is proliferating the good news of what God has done, and is doing, and will do. This is what we will see today as we look to Jesus’ words, in Matthew the Tax collectors gospel record— Renewal will come when God’s good news covers the globe. Every Square Inch | God Of The Globe | Matthew 24:14

God Of My City

Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18 • August 26, 2018 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.

We rarely know and often poorly love our neighbors. We rarely know and often poorly love the people around us. In fact, a recent study shows that as Americans, we are likely to distrust our neighbors, live in gated communities and sort ourselves into like-minded groups on issues of politics. In addition to this distrust, there is a general withdrawal from socializing and communicating. The biggest portion of our leisure time today is spent watching television, which is up to 19 hours per week today compared to about 10 hours in the 1960s. All of these factors, and several others which you can examine for yourself in the linked study, found in the Series Guide, reveal that overall Americans spend significantly less time with their neighbors, and in their communities. In the 1970s, nearly 30 percent of Americans frequently spent time with neighbors, and only 20 percent had no interactions with them. Today, those numbers are reversed. All of this should lead us to two questions, if we consider ourselves Christians: is this what God intended for human relationships? Is this how God intended for us to behave toward our neighbors and communities? The answer of course in a resounding “no!” Even if you are not a Christian, you have to agree that in order for humanity to flourish, there must be a certain level of healthy communal connectivity; there must be a certain degree to which we have a genuine concern for people, simply because they are people. Yet there is a higher view: Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18 are central to God’s understanding of how we must live with and love one another as human beings. So central in fact, that Jesus in Matthew 22:40 states that “all the law and the prophets depend on these.” In other words, everything that God ever said about how He would have humans be, rests on these two sentences. His heart is very clear: God desires that we know and love our neighbor, particularly because we have been known and loved by Him. Every Square Inch | God Of My City |

God Of My Family

Joshua 24:15 • August 19, 2018 • Pastor Léonce B. Crump Jr.

Because purposefully or inadvertently, we will choose something to rule the rhythms of our families. For some, work rules the rhythms of our families. For others, being busy rules the rhythms of our families. Still others, kids’ activities rule the rhythms of our families. Convenience Leisure Television Success Good schools A great home Meeting others’ expectations of us There is a literal unending list of things from which we can draw, in our lives and in our culture, that when looked at closely, we can clearly see govern and rule the rhythms of our families. Since we can all admit this is true of each of us on some level, can we then ask the honest question: Is there a higher purpose for our families? Yes. The answer that the scriptures offer us this today is that... God’s rule should establish the rhythm for your family. Every Square Inch | God Of My Family | Joshia 24:15