This Sunday, February 21st, 2016, at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas, Pastor Duane White continued more on our new series callled REconnect, in which he shared about how to Live Courageously.

REconnect: Live Courageously

After the start of a new series, Pastor Duane continued to unpack even more about REconnecting our relationship with God by living out some kingdom relationship goals. The first goal he shared with us last week was to Love Extravagantly, and in this week’s message, Pastor Duane gave us the second relationship goal, and that is to Live Courageously.

Pastor Duane went on to explain the importance of connection between people, which is really why we are all here. Connection is what brings purpose and meaning to our lives, but when you talk about connection, many will share their stories about their disconnection. This feeling of disconnection is associated with one unnamed thing that many deal with today, and that’s shame. Ever since the story of Adam and Eve and the Fall of man, we have dealt with this thing called shame. When we stop caring what people think, we lose our capacity for connection. When we are defined by what people think, we lose our capacity to be vulnerable.

Vulnerability is at the core of:

  • Shame
  • Fear
  • Our struggle for worthiness

But, vulnerability can also be the birthplace of:

  • Joy
  • Creativity
  • Belonging
  • Love

When you are vulnerable,  you will feel exposed, you will fail, you will experience shame, and you may even fall into in addiction. An addiction is merely an attempt to numb your pain, but the reality is you cannot selectively numb your pain. When you try to numb negative emotions through addictions, you become immune to everything positive that God may be doing in your life. You are numbing the creativity that comes in the context of connected relationship.

Connection requires vulnerability, and vulnerability requires courage. So, to love extravagantly, or wholeheartedly, we must live relationally courageous, or vulnerable.

As seen in Ephesians, God hardwired you for connection.

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:15-16).

To dig deeper about how to Live Courageously, watch the full message here:

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