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Corporate: Pointing Our Hearts Toward God … Together

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“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” -- The Apostle Paul

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” -- Helen Keller

The life of God that is found in Jesus is something that we experience together. The idea of a follower of Jesus who is disconnected from other followers of Jesus and the life of the community is completely antithetical to the picture painted by the early followers of Jesus who wrote the letters we have as the New Testament of the Bible.

The third category of everyday steps—corporate—has some overlap with “steps together,” which will be the focus of the message this weekend (Feb. 18-19). The main corporate everyday steps are confession, worship, guidance, and celebration.

Confession refers to the act of being vulnerable about our areas of struggle and sin with other followers of Jesus. By doing this, the community of Christ-followers becomes a living expression of the forgiveness and grace of Jesus.

Worship, in the context of everyday steps, means regularly engaging with other followers of Jesus in gatherings that are meant to re-focus our hearts around the greatness of God and His truth as revealed in Jesus. (This is what we do every weekend in our services.)

Celebration is about seeing the goodness of God in our daily lives … and voicing our gratitude and joy at experiencing that goodness.

Let’s spend a little more time talking about the corporate everyday step of guidance. Guidance has to do with learning to follow the leading of God’s Spirit and the teachings of Jesus in our daily lives.

With that description, why is guidance listed under the corporate everyday steps?

Followers of Jesus have learned that to become adept at hearing and responding to God’s voice in your life requires interaction with others … and typically with those who have been following Jesus for longer than we have.

You may have heard someone say, “God told me to do such-and-such …” and you thought, “I’m not sure God would have told you to do that.”

Hearing the voice of God’s Spirit is actually something that we learn to do together. If God is truly speaking to you, He can confirm that through the wisdom and feedback of other followers of Jesus. That is the essence of the corporate everyday step of guidance.

There is an amazing and powerful truth that is apart of this everyday step … and it’s this. God wants to speak to you. God, your Father, your Creator, wants to be intimately and completely involved with your day-to-day life and decisions.

But because God is God and we are humans … it’s sometimes difficult to hear His voice clearly, especially when you’re first getting started.

And just like anything else, as you practice listening for and responding to God’s guidance in your life, you’ll get better at it. Not only that, but when you listen for and respond to God’s voice while inviting other trusted, mature followers of Jesus into the conversation, you’ll get MUCH better at it.

This is why, at the end of just about every service we have on the weekends, we invite anyone to come forward and talk or pray with our Care Team or some of our Elders. These are members of our community who have special gifts, training, and experience in walking alongside of others and helping them to follow Jesus.

(Don’t let the title of “Elders” scare you if you’re not familiar with it. It’s a term that was used in the New Testament of the Bible, referring to the group that has responsibility for oversight and care of a specific local church.)

If you are looking for help in discerning and following the guidance of God’s Spirit and the teachings of Jesus in a specific area of your life, come up after the service and talk with someone. They would love to help you as you take steps to follow Jesus more closely.

Remember, all of these everyday steps—inward, outward, and corporate—are habits or practices that we should be engaging in on a regular basis so that we more fully and completely experience the full life that we were created for … and that can only be found through Jesus.

They’re not things that make you better than anyone else or items to put on your religious checklist. Everyday steps are simply meant to create space in your life for God to reshape your heart and bring you deeper into life with Him.

Outward: Consistently Doing What We Believe

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“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” -- James, the brother of Jesus

“Knowledge that is not put into practice is like food that is not digested.” -- Sathya Sai Baba

Experiencing the full life that Jesus came to bring isn’t just an intellectual exercise—it impacts what we do and how we interact with the world around us.

The outward everyday steps—simplicity, solitude, submission, and service—are four specific ways we can orient our behavior toward new life in Jesus. By consistently engaging in these practices, our hearts are changed and reshaped.

Simplicity refers to any action that shows that we are not ruled by our possessions. We are free to be generous with the resources God has given us.

The practice of solitude shows that we are not ruled by expectations of performance and production, but that the fuel for our lives comes from our connection with our Creator.

Submission is shown in any action which demonstrates that we are not ruled by the desire for power. When we give up our way, being considerate of others and placing their needs before our own, we take a step deeper into the life of Jesus.

Simplicity, solitude, and submission can all have a significant impact on our experience of the full life. We don’t have time to talk about each of those in-depth, but let’s spend a little more time on the fourth outward practice: service.

Service is one of the most powerful outward everyday steps. When we engage in service—using our abilities and our time to help others—we tap into the core of the full life of Jesus. We were not created to live for ourselves … we were created to serve those around us.

By engaging on a regular basis in acts of service—everything from random kindness to people we meet everyday to serving in a ministry of the church or community organization to focused times of service such as mission trips—we align our hearts with the heart of God.

God’s heart, His love, is directed toward everyone. Over and over in the life of Jesus, we see Him taking time to heal the sick, encourage the weak, and spend time with the marginalized and forgotten.

By serving, we align our hearts and our behaviors with the underlying flow of the life and love of God that is already active in the world. The consistent practice of serving has been a foundational part of the life of those who follow Jesus from the very beginning, thousands of years ago.

What are some ways you can take steps to serve, tapping into this aspect of the full life of God?

  • Go through your day with your eyes open, always looking for little opportunities to help the people around you. When you see a chance to serve … jump in and do it!
  • Find a place to serve at Eastern Hills. There are plenty of great opportunities for you to serve in our different ministries, including with our kids, students, hospitality and greeting teams, care teams, and more. If you’re interested in finding out more, visit the serve with us page here
  • Get connected with a community service organization. The Denver metro area has plenty of great organizations that are making a difference in people's lives. You could contact Debby Tepielow, Missions Pastor, at to find out more about the organizations that we partner with as a good place to start.
  • Consider a week-long service opportunity for this summer. Maybe you can serve in one of our kids or students summer camps. Maybe there’s a mission trip you could be a part of. How could you leverage some of your time this summer to serve people who are in need?

However you serve, just take a step. It doesn’t have to be a huge, life-altering step … just a next step. Pray and ask God to lead you in discovering the place for you to serve.

As you serve, remember that the action you’re taking comes from a desire to experience the life of God right here, right now. You may be surprised at how full your heart is after you’ve spent time giving.

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