Christian Spirituality: Everything Matters

By | June 24, 2011

 ”Lord Jesus Christ.”  If you attend Upper Room regularly, that phrase may make you think of the Jesus Prayer, which we often sing together: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us.”  Every week, we affirm Jesus as Lord together, but do we really know the depth and totality of that statement? We’re saying Jesus is Lord of everything – every aspect of our lives, everything we own, every relationship we have, everything that exists, whether or not we can imagine it.  And that’s a big statement.

This Sunday, June 26th, we’ll start a 22 week journey through 1 Corinthians.  In the first ten verses of this letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul uses the phrase “Lord Jesus Christ” five times. He’s driving home a point.  Jesus is Lord, and Paul’s about to explain what this means for more than a dozen different things in the practical lives of the Corinthian church. In short, he’s telling them, ”If you’re a Christian, then everything matters.”

So over the next twenty-two weeks, we’re going to think together about what it means to live a spirituality in which everything matters.   What does the fact that Jesus is Lord mean for our life in the Church? For how we worship? For the way we relate to people outside the Church?  What does Jesus’ Lordship mean for how we spend our money, for our sexuality, for what we eat?  What does Jesus’ Lordship mean for how we relate others inside the Church who disagree with us?  Join us as the Holy Spirit guides us in thinking through these questions, finding some answers, and even inspiring some new questions.