Real Community Church in Lee’s Summit is promoting the Godly concept of being AUTHENTIC in our daily lives, according to His plan for us.
AUTHENTICITY is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re SUPPOSED to be and embracing who we REALLY are. Only then can we release our ‘need to please’ others and focus on pleasing the One who truly matters – our Savior.
“I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.” [1 Corinthians 4:3-4]
In today’s society, so many people twist themselves up in knots trying desperately to be something or someone else. Whether it’s living a lifestyle they cannot afford just so everyone will see them as affluent, trendy people, or appearing to be a cut above everyone else in some other way – it’s projecting a false image of who they really are. I’m sure it must be stressful at times, trying to keep up that image when in reality, if they would just let it go and just be themselves, they would be happier living their lives with AUTHENTICITY, the way God meant for us all to do.
The Bible tells us that God loves us. He knows us! He knows the number of hairs on our heads. [Matthew 10; NIV] God created our innermost being and knitted us together in our mother’s womb. While we may not always like the exact pattern God chose for us, He breathed His life into each one of us, making us perfect in His eyes.
If we were to add up how much time in our lives we’ve spent trying to be someone other than who God created us to be, we’d be shocked. We are all born ORIGINALS…don’t die a COPY of someone else! Be REAL, be yourself, and most of all, be who God has created you to be!
What are we so afraid of? That we won’t have enough material things? That we won’t appear to be successful in the eyes of society? God promises He will take care of us.
“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”[Jeremiah 29:11]
At Real Community Church, Pastor Shannon tells us this truth: Our Heavenly Father wants us to prosper in all areas of our lives. Since we’ve been adopted into His family through His amazing grace, even when we are at our WORST…even in our most SELFISH ME-CENTERED moments…He doesn’t stop loving us. He won’t stop caring for, nurturing, or guiding us into maturity. His love is unfailing!
There are three biblical characteristics of Authenticity that we as Christians need to adhere to.
- Live Gospel-Centered Lives
We are meant to live according to the way that God has set for us. All too often we want others to only see all that is going right in our lives, to see how perfect and successful we are. But for true authenticity to work, society needs to see us as we really are – let them see our struggles and how we approach life and let others see how living with Christ in our lives transforms us.
- Model Humility – Not Pride
The normal human condition means we are always trying to prove that we are somebody, whether it’s to ourselves or to others. We want to project that we are competent, and often seem to have an exaggerated sense of our self-worth. We want others to believe that we can run our own lives. This is an illusion; we must surrender our will to Christ and model authenticity and humility in our daily lives.
- Live Sincere Authentic Lives
Authenticity is when we demonstrate our sincere ability to live an honest life without hypocrisy. When we project the illusion of success we are robbing Christ of His glory because others are not seeing us as a work-in-progress– they are seeing the finished product – a product that is built on a false foundation. Our purpose should be that when others see how Christ transforms us, they will be drawn to Him. In other words, we must stop living a me-centered existence and focus on living a life of authenticity according to God’s plan.
The Apostle Paul summarizes authenticity in his letters:
“Not that I have already reached the goal or am already perfect, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”
What is God asking you do to? What is the thing God created you to be? What would it feel like for you to admit what you are (or are not) made for? What do you need to leave behind, in order to recover that essential self that God created? What do you need to walk away from, in order to live a fulfilling, joyful life of authenticity?
“Instead, as God’s ministers, we commend ourselves in everything: by great endurance, by afflictions, by hardships, by difficulties, by beatings, by imprisonments, by riots, by labors, by sleepless nights, by times of hunger, by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love.” [2 Corinthians 6:4-6]
Real Community Church has a vision of helping people become authentic followers of Jesus through experiencing genuine love, encouraging real relationships, and equipping hearts to serve. Their basic concept is a strong belief in being REAL – transparent, positive, honest – AUTHENTIC – just as Jesus did over 2000 years ago. Using contemporary language and drawing from the culture all around us, they unapologetically teach Biblical truth so people can learn what it means to be an authentic follower of Christ.
At Real Community Church, we meet as committed children of God who joyfully strive to live according to God’s plan for each of us. Sometimes we fail, but we never stop trying to please our Savior. Everyone is welcome to join us in worship and to learn about how God’s plan for us can transform us so that we may show others the glory of having God in our lives.
Join us at Real Community Church in Lee’s Summit to listen to Pastor Shannon as he speaks on AUTHENTICITY, and living life in the way God created us for, so that others may see how Jesus has redeemed and transformed us into His image.