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THE CALL TO COMMUNITY (Discovering God’s Will Together; #12) The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts tha…
 
A Rule for Life (Discovering God’s Will Together; #11) Acts 2:40-42 “The real issue is not these forces, it’s the ‘meltdown’ of Christian behavior; North American Christians are virtually indistinguishable from the world” (Os Guinness) A. The church is facing a spiritual crisis 1. We need to get serious about our spiritual life! 2. Imagine we’re bu…
 
The Only Way Home (A Study of the Gospel of John; Message #58) (Jesus on Discipleship #7) John 14:4-6 A. Jesus is conversing with his disciples the night before his crucifixion A MISUNDERSTANDING (14:4,5) A. Thomas doesn't get it B. Jesus tries to clarify things for Thomas: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” 1. About three years before, Thomas…
 
A Rhythm of Rest (Discovering God’s Will Together; #10) Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15 “Shabbat is, without question, the part of Judaism I miss the most. Sabbath shaped all our rhythms of calendar and time: the entire week revolved around Shabbat. (Lauren Winner; Mudhouse Sabbath) A. For most people, Sunday is anything but a day of rest B. Go…
 
Going Home (A Study of the Gospel of John; Jesus on Discipleship #6) John 14:1-3 A. How many people live as if the Christian Life is a retirement cruise? 1. If we sail unprepared, it’s in spite of God - not because of him 2. He has gone before us and offers to go with us B. In these verses, Jesus promises to prepare us a place in his Father’s house…
 
Listening For God (Discovering God’s Will Together; #9) John 8:42-47 A. Prayer is central, assumptive, and normative in the Christian Life B. In discerning God’s will, prayer is absolutely essential The Principles “The best method of prayer is to have no method at all.” (St. Francis deSales) A. Principle One: The best way to learn to pray is ... to…
 
Pausing to Pray (Discovering God’s Will Together; #8) (Mark 1:35) “We tend to think of prayer as something we do in order to produce the results we believe are needed or, rather, to get God to produce the results. Go to any Christian bookstore and note the number of books devoted to techniques of prayer. We are interested in knowing what works and …
 
The Glory and Misery of Discipleship (A Study of the Gospel of John) John 13:31-38 A. This is the beginning of Jesus’ Closing Discourse - John 14-16 1. Jesus explains the significance and implications of his greatest deeds - i.e., his death and his resurrection “[This] is one of the greatest compositions in literature...because the one who speaks h…
 
Engaging the Scriptures (Discovering God’s Will Together; #7) Psalm 19:7-11 A. John Wesley prayed to be a “homo unius libri” (i.e., “a man of one book.”) “The secret to life is pursing one thing.” (Jack Palance) “Seek wisdom...to believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind...” (cf. James 1:5-…
 
Shhhh....Be Quiet (Discovering God’s Will Together; #6) 1 Kings 19:11-14 A. The word noise is derived from the Latin word for nausea B. Most people consider noise an unavoidable part of life C. Noise is also a significant spiritual problem; the antidote is silence THE CALL TO SILENCE A. We are easily caught up in the noise of our world 1. Unrealist…
 
Examining Ourselves Psalm 19:12-14 (Discovering God’s Will Together; #5) “But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sigh…
 
It All Goes Back in the Box 16And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19And I’ll say to…
 
Because of Bethlehem (Christmas 2019) 15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spre…
 
Love Came Down (Advent Series: Because of Bethlehem; Message Four) “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” 3Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor bears a son, a…
 
The Jubilee of God (Advent Series: Because of Bethlehem; Message Three) The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favo…
 
It is Not a Silent Night (Advent Series: Because of Bethlehem; Message Two) Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. 2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 3A voice of one calling: “In the wilder…
 
The Ultimate Quest (Discovering God’s Will Together; #4) (A Look at Our Deepest Desire) Matthew 13:44-46 A BALANCED LIFESTYLE A. People are searching for balance B. This raises some significant concerns 1. It encourages us to think of “spiritual” as a separate entity 2. It offers little help or encouragement to those in crisis 3. It provides little…
 
Being One (Discovering God’s Will Together; #3) John 17:1l, 20b-21 A. The bond of unity in the body of Christ is easily broken 1. Jesus defines community, chooses community, and sustains community 2. We don’t define community; but we often hinder and tarnish it B. With disunity, Satan gains a small victory and God gets angry “Biblical Community” is…
 
The Ministry of Foot Washing (The Gospel of John: Jesus’ Discipleship Course; #3) John 13:12-20 A. In our text, Jesus offers his disciples three words of encouragement: 1. First, Jesus gives his disciples a whole new way of living (13:12-17) 2. Second, Jesus protects his disciples from the discouragement that might overwhelm them when they learn th…
 
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