The main idea from the sermon this Sunday was: To be the church is to beconsumed.
The text was from Hebrews 12:18-29. I recorded the entire service on DVD and I am going to submit it to the proper Methodist people as part of finishing my ordination.
If you're interested, you can listen or download it here.
To be consumed by God means we aren't consumed by anything else. We aren't consumed by fear, worry, selfishness, pride, greed, lust or anything else that gets in the way of living the Christian life.
To be consumed by God means he is at the center of everything we do. It's not about putting God first, family second, friends third, work fourth and recreation fifth. It's about making God a part of everything we do. Whether we are at work or with our family or having fun, God wants to be at the center of it.
To be consumed by God means we want to share the goodness and faithfulness of God with others. Just as we have experienced something good, we want other to experience the same thing, so we invite them into a relationship with Christ.