Living Radical Together for the Nations (Psalm 67:1-7)Pastor Joe Sanders, October 2, 2011
Part of the Radical Together series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Most of us have connected well with the Gospel's message of grace- we love it, we desire it, we want it in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones. We understand some of the value of it for ourselves and the ones we care about in terms of our need for salvation and forgiveness of our sins. In the midst of that, we many of us have also disconnected God's saving grace from the passion of God's heart and we end up with a very self-centered Christianity that misses the heart of God. We're in this study to see if God has indeed called us to something higher and greater than a religion that begins with and terminates on us. As we see God's higher calling and purposes and love and passion for the nations to come to him, we must shift our values and attitudes to better align with him. We'll see that to ask for God's blessings is an honorable thing so long as we understand that our passion and joy will be filled up only when we join God's purposes for the peoples and nations to know and worship him!
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1God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. 2That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. 3Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. 4O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah. 5Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. 6Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. 7God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him. (KJV)