• “All of Me” by John Legend

  • Some of us have a fan relationship with God. We believe in God, we have faith. But, it’s fan-level faith.

  • In the letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul is calling the church to move beyond fan-level faith.

  • The good news, says Paul, is that God has already made the first move.

  • What would I do without your smart mouth
    drawing me in and you kicking me out
    you got my head spinning, no kidding
    I can’t pin you down
    what’s going on in that beautiful mind
    I’m on your magical mystery ride
    And I’m so dizzy, don’t know what hit me
    but I’ll be alright
    my head’s under water but I’m breathing fine
    you’re crazy and I’m out of my mind
    Cause all of me loves all of you
    love your curves and all your edges
    all your perfect imperfections
    give your all to me, I’ll give my all to you
    you’re my end and my beginning
    even when I lose I’m winning
    cause I give you all of me
    and you give me all of you, oh.

  • Fan vs. a Friend

    Fan

    • transactional relationship = you perform for me, I pay you money; your gift (charism) is powerful and benefits me in a positive way, and in return I give you my time, my money, and my worship. Our fanaticism can be so strong as to simulate feelings of love. “I love…” But of course, in a transactional relationship, I don’t really love you; what I love is what you can do for me.
    • false intimacy = you think that this person is important to your life, but in reality y’all ain’t close. there is no real connection with a fan. (Tom Brady) You can’t be real with a fan. If you have a bad day and not really enthusiastic about meeting them that day, they will walk away disappointed and think you’re a bad person. They can’t handle the ups and downs of your real life.
  • Friend

    • can handle all of me; the ups and downs
    • I love all of them; the good and the bad
    • real intimacy, real relationship, get closer
    • curves and the rough edges, perfect imperfections
      the real you is what I love, not the fantasy

    you can have fun with a fan, but only a friend can become your family

  • Fan-level faith

    1. transactional = God performs, and in return you pay God some attention (prayer), money (offerings), and your time (church work). But, if you’re unhappy with the performance, then you ain’t paying. Always in search of the next great experience. Church for you is not a people, it’s a place. Worship for you is not a lifestyle, it’s an event.

    2. false intimacy = not a real relationship; can’t handle the ups and downs of life. Not real discipleship; not a real follower of Jesus. Faith falls away when going gets tough.

    Fan-level faith can give us moments of fun and fantastical experiences, but it ultimately does not fulfill.

  • Righteousness that comes from following the law.

    • can’t keep the law
    • made sacrifices in order to atone for their error and keep God happy
    • fan-level faith = transactional relationship; false connection that couldn’t stand up to life
    • proof is that they say they know God, but their life didn’t reflect it (Rom 2:17-24)
  • Paul not the first person to make this point. The role of the prophets in the OT was to keep the people from turning sacrificial worship into fan-level faith system that ultimately did not fulfill.

  • Here in our text for this morning, Paul picks up on this prophetic theme and says, “I urge you, brothers and sisters, present your bodies as a living sacrifice.

  • Isaiah 1

    11 “The multitude of your sacrifices—
    what are they to me?” says the Lord.
    “I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
    of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
    I have no pleasure
    in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
    12 When you come to appear before me,
    who has asked this of you,
    this trampling of my courts?
    13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
    Your incense is detestable to me.
    New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
    I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
    14 Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals
    I hate with all my being.
    They have become a burden to me;
    I am weary of bearing them.
    15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
    I hide my eyes from you;
    even when you offer many prayers,
    I am not listening.

  • Micah 6:6-8

    6 With what shall I come before the Lord
    and bow down before the exalted God?
    Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
    with calves a year old?
    7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
    with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
    Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
    the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
    8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
    To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly[a] with your God.

  • But, he is clearly reinterpreting the language around sacrifice and worship.

    It’s not about checking a box and meeting an obligation.

    Jesus and the widow’s mite. (Pastor Bernadette)

  • Paul not against financial giving

    • Corinthians 1 & 2
    • here in this passage, if someone is gifted with the means to give, they ought to
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