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The Church Abides

  1. The Dude Abides 20 Years Later
    1. Do you have a thing that really pulls the room together. Coffee mug quest
    2. It’s been 20 years since The Big Lebowski imprinted on our culture
    3. The idea of “The Dude Abides” is so strong that it naturally connects.
    4. Inspired by an older movie The Night Of The Hunter (1955):
      You know, when you’re little, you have more endurance than God is ever to grant you again. Children are man at his strongest. They abide. … and …
      Lord, save little children. … My soul is humble when I see the way little ones accept their lot. Lord, save little children. The wind blows and the rain’s a-cold.
      Yet they abide…They abide and they endure.
  2. Jesus Told His Followers To Abide 2000 Years Ago
    1. Our readings this week both focus on abiding in love.
    2. If we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us … by this we know that we abide in him and he in us … God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the son of God and they abide in him … God is love and those who abide in love abide in God and God abides in them.
    3. Abide in me as I abide in you … Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit … if you abide in me and my words abide in you …
  3. How Abiding Is Counter Cultural & Foreign To Us
    1. Modern western culture doesn’t smile too kindly on merely abiding.
    2. Modern western culture is far more concerned with achieving.
    3. Consider the resistance & judgment that The Dude ( & other slackers like him) encountered in the film (& in our achieving culture).
    4. Similar we have turned our faith into a performative legalistic culture.
  4. Abiding In Love Is Life & The Mission Of The Church
    1. It seems we forget how much of what Jesus taught was love and life.
    2. The Gospel ministry on earth was about being restored in relationship.
    3. We’re so busy earning our own place in the Kingdom or evaluating another person’s worthiness to have a place in the Kingdom that we lose sight of God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God & they abide in him … God is love & those who abide in love abide in God & God abides in them.
    4. We would do well to remember what Wendy Mass encourages us, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”
  5. The Christ Abides – Jesus Embodies Abiding In Love
    1. While the Pharisees were busy achieving, Jesus was abiding with people.
    2. Jesus abided in love w/those who were rejected as unworthy slackers.
    3. The forgiveness & healing Jesus extended had nothing to do w/earning.
  6. That Love Really Pulled The Room Together
    1. Abiding in love liberates us from legalism & performance-ism
    2. Abiding in love is not complicated or achievement based
    3. Abiding in love unites us & opens us up to the lives/needs of others

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