Intentional Faith Development

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In 66 A.D. the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, presumably lost forever. But several years ago, archaeologists discovered some stairs that had been buried all these years. What is interesting about these stairs is they were the southern steps that led from the valley up to the gates of the Temple. Most theologians believe the Temple was built to precise specifications with near perfect engineering, but these stairs were uneven and randomly designed, making them seem out-of-place.

The southern stairs are the ones tired pilgrims would use, singing the Psalms of Ascent as they entered the gates to worship. The archaeologists discovered that the rise steps varied by several inches and the depth would vary by several feet. These archaeologists concluded that the unevenness of the steps at the main gate of the Temple was a design error by the ancient engineers who designed the Temple. But the Rabbis have a different explanation.

They believe the unevenness was intentional on the part of the builders. They teach that the random, sometimes treacherous state of the southern stairs was a powerful metaphor for the journey of faith. They argued that the design engineers were people of faith who knew that to ascend the hill of the Lord hurriedly and without thought would be spiritually dangerous. Rather, those who would approach God must do so with intention, caution and measured steps, paying attention and learning along the way. The same is true for us today. The journey of faith is often uneven and sometimes treacherous.

We began with tattooing in our lives a spirit of radical hospitality; inviting others into understanding God’s hospitality by the way we live it in our lives. Last week we talked about passionate worship as our way of praising God for our community together; for His presence in our midst. This morning we are going to look at our own journey to becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus. It is through Intentional Faith Development that God’s Kingdom is built.

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