Wild Goose Chase Sermon Series: Starting August 7
Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit–An Geadh-Glas, or ‘the Wild Goose.’ The name hints at mystery. Much like a wild goose, the Spirit of God can't be tracked or tamed. An element of danger, an air of unpredictability surround the Spirit. And while the name may sound a little sacrilegious, we think the Celtic Christians were on to something…
Most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time. And we know that is unsettling. But circumstantial uncertainty also goes by another name: Adventure.
Join us for 6 Sundays during the Traditional and CAYA services as we examine the “cages” of our spiritual living as described by PASTOR AND author Mark Batterson.
Cage of Responsibility
Our God-given passions can get buried beneath day-to-day responsibilities. Without even knowing it, we start practicing irresponsible responsibility. The Wild Goose Chase begins when we come to terms with our greatest responsibility: pursuing the passions God has put in our heart.
Cage of Routine
At some point in our journey, most of us trade adventure for routine. While some routines can be good, we have to be careful. Sacred routines can become empty rituals that keep us caged.
Cage of Assumptions
Our assumptions keep many of us from chasing the Wild Goose. As the years go by, many of us stop believing and start assuming. We stop living out of right-brain imagination and start living out of left-brain memory. And we put eight-foot ceilings on what God can do.
Cage of Guilt
Too often we allow guilt and shame to cloud our judgment and keep us from following God’s call on our lives. We become reactionary and defensive. Jesus came to recondition our spiritual reflexes and turn us into revolutionaries for His cause. As long as you are focused on what you’ve done wrong in the past, you won’t have the energy left to follow God-sized dreams.
Cage of Failure
Sometimes our plans have to fail in order for God’s plans to succeed. Divine detours and delays are the ways God gets us where He wants us to go.
Cage of Fear
We need to quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Instead, we need to start playing offense with our lives. The world needs more people with more daring plans.