Karis Gathering Recap: 03.29.09

The people of Karis gathered Sunday to worship God through the proclamation of the gospel, through the singing of the gospel, and through the celebration of the gospel at the Lord's table.  Jeremy Linneman, an intern and deacon at Karis, preached from Philippians 4:4-9.  He talked about pursuing true Christian spirituality found only in the gospel.  He covered the following: Everyday Christian Spirituality Philippians 4:4-9

Everyday Christian Spirituality is…

  • Rooted in the Gospel     (Philippians 1:1-4:3)
  • Fighting for Joy     (4:4-5)
  • Fighting against Anxiety     (4:6-7)
  • Fighting for Fellowship with God     (4:8-9)

Everyday Christian Spirituality is… Rooted in the Gospel (Philippians 1:1-4:3) Philippians: Christ-centered encouragement for everyday holiness

The Goal of Spirituality is…     a full mind a full heart and busy hands

Everyday Christian Spirituality is… Fighting for Joy (Philippians 4:4-5)

True joy does not rely on circumstances True joy rests in fellowship with God True joy is expressed only in community

Everyday Christian Spirituality is… Fighting against Anxiety (Philippians 4:6-7)

Don’t be anxious:     Suggestion or commandment?

Don’t be anxious:     Why?

Because anxiety reveals joylessness in God Because we’re at war Because we represent God

Don’t be anxious:     How?    Actively fight against it

Prayer (General):     Listening to and talking to God Supplication (Specific):     Asking for help (Matthew 7:7-10) Thanksgiving:    Trusting the response (Luke 12:22-33)

Everyday Christian Spirituality is… Fighting for Fellowship with God (Philippians 4:8-9)

Preaching the Gospel in your Thoughts Practicing the Gospel in your Actions

Christ-centered Spirituality…     Practices to receive grace Christ-less Spirituality…     Practices to achieve grace

Symptoms of a Christ-less Spirituality:

Discouraged Disconnected Condemned Lonely Stagnant Defeated

Causes of a Christ-less Spirituality:

A gospel without Jesus (moralistic therapeutic deism) A gospel without grace (legalism) A gospel without truth (subjectivism)

Marks of a Christ-centered Spirituality:

Centered on the gospel

Changing and growing

Confident and humble

Sustainable and teachable

Active in spiritual discipline

Engaged in community



Ryan Worley stepped in for Luke Daugherty this week to lead us in song.  The band played the following tunes:


"All Creatures of our God and King"

"Here Is Love"

"All I Owe" (Matthew Smith)

"Blessed Be Your Name" (Matt Redman)

"Satisfied" (Red Mountain Church)

"May You Have Power" (The Spares)