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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The Empty Chair: Introduction

Welcome to The Empty Chair. The idea of the empty chair is a time honored technique to encourage evangelism within the church. The idea is to place an empty chair within the group and then pray that the chair will be filled and when that chair is filled, replace it with another chair to be filled. The end result is that the chairs are filled by those whom the Holy Spirit has on His Agenda to fill them and the Church is ultimately grown. The long-term question implied by this idea is not so much just the filling of chairs, but who we are to be as the Church. Who do you and I need to be not just to fill that chair but who do we need to be in order that the chair remains filled, that those who do come will remain and become healthy, productive and living parts of the Body of Christ.

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