Engage review – Flirt part 1

Engage began its spring season with a new series called Flirt in which we are looking at Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances. In the first installment, Chad Norris led us to Luke 24 and the story of two followers who encountered Jesus on the road to Emmaus but didn’t realize it. As we saw their hearts burn within them, we asked whether we are people who give others heartburn or help the hearts of others burn for God. We then turned in worship to tell God that our hearts burn for Him.
We’d love to hear your experiences with this first Flirt encounter – just leave a comment. And don’t forget to check the podcast to here the message if you missed it or just want to hear it again.

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  1. Something I read in my Bible during my devotional last night. Wanted to share as it went hand and hand with Monday Nights message.

    HEARING EVEN IF YOU CAN’T SEE

    After his resurrection Jesus appeared to his disciples in visible form only on a very few occasions over a period of forty days. His main task as their teacher during these days was to accustom them to hearing him without seeing him. Thus it was “through the Holy Spirit” that he gave instructions to his apostles during this period (Acts 1;2). He made himself visible to them just enough to give them confidence that it was he who was speaking in their hearts. This prepared them to continue their conversation with him after he no longer appeared to them visibly.
    An instructive scene from these very important days of teaching is preserved in the last chapter of Luke’s Gospel. Two of Jesus’ heartbroken students were walking to Emmaus, a village about seven miles northwest of Jerusalem. He caught up with them in a visible from that they did not recognize, and he heard their sad story about what had happened to Jesus of Nazareth and about how , it seemed , all hope was no lost.
    He responded by taking them through the Scriptures and showing them that what had happened to their Jesus was exactly what was to befall the Messiah that Israel hoped for. Then as they sat at supper with him, suddenly “their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight” (Luke 24:31). But their recognition was much more then a visual recognition and that was the whole point. They asked one another,” Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32)
    He speaks with us in our heart, which burns from the characteristic impact of his word. His presence with us is, of course, much greater than his words to us. But it is turned into companionship only by the actual communications we have between us and him.
    This companionship with Jesus is the form that Christian spirituality, as practiced through the ages, takes. Spiritual people are not those who engage in certain spiritual practices; they are those who draw their life from a conversational relationship with God. They do not live their lives merely in terms of the human order in the visible world; they have “a life beyond.”
    Today we live on the Emmaus road, so to speak, with an intermittently burning heart. His word pours into our heart, energizing and directing our life in a way that cannot be accounted for in natural terms. My visible surroundings become, instead, God’s gift to me, where I am privileged to see the rule of heaven realized through my friendship with Jesus.

    -Dallas Willard

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