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A Liturgy of Failure

A Liturgy of Failure

Mar 08, 2020

Passage: Hebrews 12:7-13

Preacher: Jobey McGinty

Series: Life as Liturgy

Category: Suffering, Transformation, Discipline, Hardship

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Failure is a part of life. A very big part of life. Every day we fail, and every day we respond to failure, largely by the habits we have built as responses to failure. We need a good and right theology of failure, so that we can know what to do when it comes to us. God uses all hardships, including our failures, to form us, shape us, transform us, and disciple us and discipline us into the image of His Son. Hardships are for our wholeness and healing, not to hurt us.

ABOUT THIS SERIES: Your habits form you more than you form your habits. One study claims that 40% of our day's decisions come from habits. Most times, we don't even see these habits; we take them for granted, we mindlessly carry them out, and we move along with life. And yet, every time we do them, they are shaping us, reinforcing patterns, desires, and strengthening particular passions. In short, they are leading us in worship. How do we take back control of our habits and cultivate them in a way that leads us towards godliness and a love for Jesus? One way is to see our habits as liturgy: repetitions done to facilitate worship. When we see our whole life as liturgy, it changes how we approach every decision.