RE-Define (Bootcamp for the Soul) 26 March 2017 - Wellington First Assembly

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

RE-Define (Bootcamp for the Soul) 26 March 2017

REDEFINE.  Have you ever noticed that words in our English language are constantly changing their meanings?  Over time, something that used to mean one thing slowly begins to mean something else. For example.  Bully.  In modern school culture, we are on the lookout for kids who bully.  Some of you may have been targets of bullies.  Bullies are thugs who are mean.  No Bully’s here!  Right?  Yet just a century ago, bully was something everyone wanted to be called.  It meant superb, wonderful – you’re doing a great thing!  It was a term of praise and honor!  Not so anymore.

Or take the word artificial.  Today, we use it as a synonym for fake.  Something that’s a cheap knockoff of the real thing.  Yet it’s original meaning mean full of artistic skill.  An artist had to spend time replicating the look and feel of real flowers to produce a silk one.  That takes talent.
Those words have been redefined.

Words are not the only things redefined.  Lives are also shaped, praised and artistically shaped.  Immature children morph into reasoned adults.  Young kids entering boot camp graduate six weeks later.  While their body may be a bit stronger after PT and mile-runs, what really changed in that time was the inner attitude – a new found self-confidence and reliance upon others.  They too have been redefined.

In our twin texts today, we see two individuals.  Each of them defined by their current social and family conditions.  Neither of them have the resources nor the heritage to move from their place.  In fact, they would be overlooked by anyone passing by as persons of non-importance.

Yet intriguingly they are bound together in a story where the eyes of the sovereign God notice the eyes of these two men.  One man’s eyes are called beautiful and one man’s eyes are permanently shuttered.  Yet neither are seen until the King maker and the Sight giver redefines their very beings.


1 Samuel 16:1-13 | John 9:1-7

G-d will redefine you, as you…
· Reject the broken narrative.
· Recognize His sovereign strategy.
· Respond to His instructions.
· Receive His powerful Spirit.
Despite a darkened past,
Christ provides an enlightened future.
“Following Jesus isn’t something you can do at night where no one notices. It’s a twenty-four-hour-a-day commitment that will redefine your life. That’s not the small print—that’s a guarantee.”
― Kyle Idleman, pastor