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The Space Between

Rev. Todd D. Cullen

November 11, 2018

The Premise

There is always a space between the dreams, plans and goals people have and the physical resources and opportunities we have to do what we were meant to do.

The Numbers
US Population 327 M

• Poverty 40 M 12 %

• Food Insecure 18 M 5 %

• W/O Health Coverage 28 M 8 %

• W/O College Degree 218 M 67 %

• Christians in the US 240 M 73 %

The Church and Social Responsibility

In the past, the local church led culture in meeting the physical needs of the community.

The church has become detached to the needs of its community and so other organizations have had to step up and fill the gap.

Our goal at HHICC - to partner with organizations in the community who meet the physical needs of our community.


• Be a faithful financial supporter

• Be a volunteer resource

• Establish person to person connection for people in our church to these organizations

The church alone cannot meet all the physical needs of our community but we are responsible for doing our part by making it an integral part of who we are as a church.

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer,
he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.

24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.

25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres,
being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

- James 1:22-25 (ESV)

The Big Idea
We can make a difference with the “space between’ when we turn our faith into action.

What are YOU doing to close the space between? 

We cannot be committed to political views more than the message of Jesus.

We cannot be driven by being right more than sharing the love of Jesus.

We cannot be committed to our own personal agenda more than following Jesus.

Philippians 2:1-8
1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,

2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,

7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
- Philippians 2:1-8 (ESV)

The Mind of Jesus
One Mind
Same Mind
This Mind

The mind of Jesus was marked by self-sacrifice, humility, servanthood and love.

The Big Idea
If our involvement in the political arena has the possibility to disrupt, damage or destroy our ability to share the message of Jesus then we must remain silent, believe that God has got it and that He is ultimately in control.

The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
- Proverbs 17:14 (ESV)

For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.
- Psalm 22:28 (ESV)

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
- Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)