An Imagination Set Free by God

New Canaan Washington Weekend 2014


Erwin McManus pastors Mosaic Church in Los Angeles and has written many books, including his latest, The Artisan Soul. His deep love and appreciation for the arts are fueled by his love for Jesus. In this video, his discussion of the imagination reflects his desire that we all be creators fueled by God and honoring him with our crafts.


We all know that our worth is in Christ and nothing else. Why does that knowledge not always play out in real life?
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Hebrews 13:17 (ESV)

17Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Romans 15:5-6 (ESV)

5May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,6that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)

24And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Scripture clearly calls us to belong to a church community, but, like Erwin shared, sometimes people in the church hurt us. How do we obey Christ's call to unity in his church and live with the reality that some Christians still act like the world?
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How do we in the church "have a bad anthropology"? What do we mistakingly identify or overlook as integral to people's identity?
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Erwin talked a lot about the future in his session. How can our view of the future be damaging to the way that we think and act? What is the right and godly way to view the future?
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Think about Erwin discovering how his partner stole from him or the rich young ruler who approached Jesus. What do you most fear losing? What would have to be taken away from you to feel that you "lost everything"? Is your heart in such a place that, if that happened to you, Christ would be enough?
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When you really let your imagination run wild, what do you see God doing with you in your life?
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True fulfillment happens when your life's focus is the essence of your soul and that soul has been shaped by complete surrender to our Lord Jesus. Let your imagination run wild as you follow after him.


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