The Empty Chair: The Giver & the Gift

Romans 12:6-8
‘Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us…’ (v.6 NASB). The gifts that we have are tied directly to the grace we are given. The word for gifts used here by Paul is charisma, which is the word for grace, charis, with the ending -ma tacked on which indicates ‘the result of’. Our gifts, our charisma, are a direct result of Father’s Grace, His Charis, that ‘gift-givingness’ of His Nature and His Character. Everything that follows in this chapter is founded on and assumes Father’s Grace in order for these gifts to have any value at all. Father is indelibly stamped on and woven through His Gifts because of His Grace and that Grace becomes the foundation of all we do as His Children and as the Body of Christ.

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The Empty Chair: The Body & Its Parts

Romans 13:3-5
I knew a kid who had been born without sweat glands. We may think, “Lucky kid.” After all, no sweat glands means no smelly arm pits, no soaked shirts on those hot days, no need for deodorant. But he wasn’t a lucky kid. He wasn’t expected to live past his 21st birthday. We need our smelly sweat glands. Our bodies can’t function properly without them. Although we sometimes can go without certain parts of our bodies, we never work as well as we would with them.

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The Empty Chair: Grace & Life

Romans 12:3
The Great Salt Lake and the Dead Sea have something in common. Both take in water but neither has an outlet – such as a river flowing from them. Rain pours down into these lakes, and runoff from the surrounding land makes its way to them but the water just sits there and eventually evaporates leaving the salt and other minerals to accumulate instead of disperse. As a result, these lakes are too salty to sustain life of any kind, and as a result are “dead” seas.

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Empowering Leadership

The Empty Chair – Week 2
August 24, 2014
Speaker: Rob Yanike

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The Empty Chair: The Will of God

Romans 12:1-2
There is a parallel between the ideas of living sacrifice, renewing the mind, and the will of God found here in the first two verses of Romans 12 and those of loving the Lord with all our heart, mind and strength found in Deuteronomy 6:5. The relationship between our strength or might and the will of God isn’t as obvious as the others, but it is there. Paul says once we submit our bodies and minds we can discern the will of God. The implication is that we will then do the will of God. It is only when we turn our will over to God that we can have the willpower to become victorious Christians.

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The Empty Chair: Renewing Your Mind

Romans 12:1-2
‘And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind’ (Romans 12:2 NASB). Paul strikes at the heart of who we are with these words. The root of who we are and how we behave, our faith, regardless of what that faith looks like, is in our minds, in those assumptions that drive our thinking and define how we see the world around us. Those assumptions are the foundation on which our days are built. The decisions we make, the emotions we feel, our interpretation of the events of our day starting from the moment we wake up and get out of bed are rooted in our minds and Paul is telling us that the Kingdom of God has a completely different set of assumptions that we need to get hold of and work into the very core of our being. This is not redecorating our lives; this is reconstruction from the foundation up.

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The Empty Chair: Living Sacrifices

Romans 12:1-2
I have to laugh at myself every Sunday morning. Despite the fact that it is quite acceptable to wear jeans to a service at Flatland, I cannot bring myself to do it. To my old fashioned thinking, God deserves better than my ordinary. But in truth, God doesn’t care what I wear on the outside, He cares what I bring to Him on the inside.

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