Sep 10, 2017
Gods Speed #3 The Church is the Body of Christ
Series: God Speed
GodsSpeed #3 The Church is the Body of Christ   John 1:1-3 (ESV) & Colossians 1:19 (ESV) – Jesus is the incarnate Word of God   Incarnation – the act of making something manifest and comprehensible   Jesus was God in the flesh, so that we could know and comprehend God   1 Corinthians 12:27 (ESV) – We are the Body of Christ   We are Jesus in the world today.   The Church as Jesus in the World – John 4:1-26  
Jesus followed the Father’s
Direction and Agenda John 5:19 – does what the Father does John 7:8 – the Father sets the time for things   As the Body of Christ, we are to let the Father set our direction and agenda.  
Jesus broke down
Barriers Gender Ethic Religious Social Moral   As the Body of Christ, we need to break barriers down not create barriers.  
Jesus connected using
Everyday Things He used a well and water   As the Body of Christ, we need to be vulnerable.  
Jesus focused on the
Main Thing 2 Corinthians 4:18 (GNT)   As the Body of Christ, we are to focus on the person of Jesus.   Hebrews 12:2  
Jesus enabled people to
Confront the Truth Hebrews 4:12-13   As the Body of Christ, we have to speak the truth in love.   Ephesians 4:15 (ESV)  
Jesus showed
Compassion and Acceptance Compassion leads to healing and transformation. Compassion leads to salvation.   As the Body of Christ, we dispense grace.   Romans 2:4 (NLT)   Jesus turned the Samaritan woman from: Scorn to Attention Attention to Respect Respect to Faith Faith to Discipleship   When God transforms us, people will notice and ask what is going on.   As the Body of Christ, we are to display the transformation that God has done in our lives by making us look like Jesus.
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  • Sep 10, 2017Gods Speed #3 The Church is the Body of Christ
    Sep 10, 2017
    Gods Speed #3 The Church is the Body of Christ
    Series: God Speed
    GodsSpeed #3 The Church is the Body of Christ   John 1:1-3 (ESV) & Colossians 1:19 (ESV) – Jesus is the incarnate Word of God   Incarnation – the act of making something manifest and comprehensible   Jesus was God in the flesh, so that we could know and comprehend God   1 Corinthians 12:27 (ESV) – We are the Body of Christ   We are Jesus in the world today.   The Church as Jesus in the World – John 4:1-26  
    Jesus followed the Father’s
    Direction and Agenda John 5:19 – does what the Father does John 7:8 – the Father sets the time for things   As the Body of Christ, we are to let the Father set our direction and agenda.  
    Jesus broke down
    Barriers Gender Ethic Religious Social Moral   As the Body of Christ, we need to break barriers down not create barriers.  
    Jesus connected using
    Everyday Things He used a well and water   As the Body of Christ, we need to be vulnerable.  
    Jesus focused on the
    Main Thing 2 Corinthians 4:18 (GNT)   As the Body of Christ, we are to focus on the person of Jesus.   Hebrews 12:2  
    Jesus enabled people to
    Confront the Truth Hebrews 4:12-13   As the Body of Christ, we have to speak the truth in love.   Ephesians 4:15 (ESV)  
    Jesus showed
    Compassion and Acceptance Compassion leads to healing and transformation. Compassion leads to salvation.   As the Body of Christ, we dispense grace.   Romans 2:4 (NLT)   Jesus turned the Samaritan woman from: Scorn to Attention Attention to Respect Respect to Faith Faith to Discipleship   When God transforms us, people will notice and ask what is going on.   As the Body of Christ, we are to display the transformation that God has done in our lives by making us look like Jesus.
  • Sep 3, 2017GodSpeed #2
    Sep 3, 2017
    GodSpeed #2
    Series: God Speed
    GodSpeed #2 Following Jesus   Matthew 4:19 (ESV)   Follow – to come after something with urgency Who – Jesus   Following Jesus has two parts Part 1: The Calling Part 2: The Sending   The calling comes first then the sending. If the sending does not follow it accomplishes nothing.   The Calling:  
    The Calling is to
    Follow Jesus
    – Matthew 9:9 (NIV)
     
    The Calling is to Follow Jesus into the
    Kingdom of God
    – Ephesians 2:19 (NLT)
     
    The Calling Is to Be
    Like Jesus
    – Ephesians 5:1-2 (CEB)
     
    The Calling is to
    Bear Fruit
    – John 15:8 (ESV)
     
    The Calling is Being
    Radical
    for Jesus – Revelation 2:4 (GNT)
      The Sending:  
    The Sending as Ministers of
    Reconciliation
    – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (NLT)
     
    The Sending as
    Ambassadors
    for Jesus – 2 Corinthians 5:20
     
    The Sending as
    Disciples Makers
    – Matthew 28:18-20
     
    The Sending as
    Demonstrators
    of the Life of Jesus – 2 Corinthians 4:10-11 (NET)
     
    The Sending as
    Stewards
    of God’s Grace – Ephesians 2:7 (GNT)
    God has called you. God is ending you. The question is: Are you following His call to be sent?
  • Aug 28, 2017Godspeed #1
    Aug 28, 2017
    Godspeed #1
    Series: God Speed
    Godspeed #1 Jesus’ Mission and the Church The church is to look like Jesus to this fallen world.
  • Aug 20, 2017Care Sacrificially
    Aug 20, 2017
    Care Sacrificially
    Care Sacrificially   James 1:27 (CEB) & 2:15-16 (CEV) – Jesus’ command to care Acts 2:42, 45 (CEB) – the church caring The early church met the needs of people. They didn’t focus on being right or following rituals.
    This allowed them to care
    Sacrificially They made a huge impact on the culture because they loved and it was seen in their actions. People will not care what we believe until they see how much we care. The Church Has Three Uncommon Things
    We have an Uncommon
    Foundation We belong to each other in Jesus.
    • Sharing in the body of Jesus – 1 Corinthians 10:16 (NKJV)
    • Sharing in the service of Jesus – 2 Corinthians 8:4 (NCV)
    • Sharing in the Spirit of Jesus – 2 Corinthians 13:14 (Phi)
    • Sharing in the gospel of Jesus – Philippians 1:5 (ESV)
    • Sharing in the suffering of Jesus – Philippians 3:10 (GNT)
    • Sharing in the life of Jesus – 1 John 1:3 (CEV)
    We relate to each other through Jesus.– 1 John 1:7 (TCNT) Is CATB one in heart and mind with Jesus and each other? – Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)
    We have an Uncommon
    Social Concern
    • We are to value people over possessions.
    • We are to give our resources without a thought of return.
    Is your conservative devotion and approach to the Word of God leading you to a liberal concern for the needs of people? – Acts 4:32 (NIV)
    We have an Uncommon
    Mission
    • We become united in worship
    • We multiply through a united witness
    Our faith family has to be more than a once-a-week routine, it has to be a day-by-day reality. A Concern, A Confidence, and A Commitment
    • We have to be concerned about the hurts of people around us
    The Progression: We see the hurt We feel the hurt We touch the hurt The Truth: Those who are most effective in reaching many are the most passionate about reaching the one.
    • We are to be confident in the name of the One who saved us.
    We are to know His person. We are to trust His power. We are to show His presence.
    • We are to be committed to the glory of the God who works through us
    When we are: The crowd will be attracted. The Word will be illustrated. The Lord Jesus will be exalted. Does Sierra county see the truth and love of Jesus in CATB? The Bottom Line: The glory of God is revealed in the sacrificial care of His people for each other and others who are not believers yet? What is foundation? – Isaiah 33:6 (CEV) What is your primary concern? – Matthew 6:33 (Mon) What is your mission? – Matthew 28:19 (ESV)
  • Aug 6, 2017Worship Wholeheartedly
    Aug 6, 2017
    Worship Wholeheartedly
    Worship Wholeheartedly   Is worship important? Psalm 29:2 (GNT) – Yes! Worship was essential to the Old Testament believers – Exodus 20:4-6 (GWT) Worship will be a part of our lives in eternity – Revelation 4:8-11 (CEB) Worship brings great enjoyment to God. – Psalm 147:11 (CEV) What Worship Is Not: Just music – Psalm 95:6-7 (NLT) Just for our benefit – Psalm 99:5, 9 (ESV) Not a part of your life – Romans 12:1 (GNT) Not based on human rules – Matthew 15:9 (CEV) Worship Is: Loving
    God supremely – Hosea 6:6 (LB)
    Trusting
    God completely – Hebrews 11:7 (TM)
    Obeying
    God wholeheartedly – James 2:24 (CEV)
    Praising and Thanking
    God continually – Psalm 69:30-31 (NIV)
    Using
    our abilities to honor God – 1 Corinthians 10:31 (Amp)
    Three Essential Questions for Wholehearted Worship
    Question #1: Do I value my spiritual
    Appearance more than my spiritual Authenticity
    John 4:23-24 (CEV)
    Question #2: Do I have a genuine
    Fear
    before God? – Proverbs 9:10 (Amp)
    Question #3: Is the
    Person of God compelling me to accomplish the Mission
    of God?
    The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is always accompanied by the reality of the Holy Spirit in our worship. Worship is only for God. – Matthew 4:10 (NLT) Real worship then leads us to be conformed to the will of God and the desire to obey Him. Are you worshiping God?
  • Jul 30, 2017Pray Desperately
    Jul 30, 2017
    Pray Desperately
    Pray Desperately Acts 1:14 Acts 2:42 Acts 3:1 Acts 4:24 Acts 6:4 The Praying of the early Church Was:
    • Constant
    • Devoted
    • A Priority
    • Passionate
    • Focused
    The overwhelming thing about all the early church did was that – It Was Urgent! – Romans 13:11 (NLT) Praying: The Early Believers
    • Who did they pray to?
       The God who is
    Sovereign
    over everything – Acts 4:24 (ESV)
       The God who
    Supplies
    everything we need – Philippians 4:13 (Amp)
    • Why did they pray?
       They were utterly dependent on God’s
    Power
    – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
       (CEV)
       They were utterly desperate for God’s
    Grace
    – Hebrews 4:16 (GNT)
       They were utterly devoted to God’s
    Mission
    – Acts 20:24 (CEB)
    • How did they pray?
       They prayed with
    Structure
    – Acts 3:1 (NKJV)
       They prayed with
    Spontaneity
     - Acts 10:9 (NIV)
    • When did they pray?
       They participated in
    Concentrated
    prayer – Acts 12:12 (GWT)
       They participated in
    Continual
    prayer – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)
    • Where did they pray?
       They
    Gathered
    together for prayer
    They
    Scattered
    a part to pray – Ephesians 6:18 (GWT)
    • What did they pray?
       For the
    Success
    of God’s Word – Acts 4:29-31 (ESV)
       For the
    Needs
    of each other and the world – James 5:13-16 (CEB)
       For the
    Spread
    of the Gospel – Ephesians 6:18 (TM)
    Pray
    Scripture
    or people
    Have a
    Structured
    time to meet with Jesus in prayer
    Pray for specific
    Local and Global
    needs
    Pray for
    Revival
    Make time to pray with
    Others Prayer is the relationship with God. For prayer to be important and effective we have to surrender our lives to Jesus. Prayer will only be a priority when Jesus is the priority.
  • Jul 23, 2017Speak the Word of God Boldly
    Jul 23, 2017
    Speak the Word of God Boldly
    Speak the Word of God Boldly   Acts 4:29 (NASB) Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) Five Reasons Why the Word of God Must Be Central in Our Church
    • 1 Peter 1:24-25 (CEB): Because of the Magnitude of God’s Word
       The
    Significance
    of God’s revelation
       God reveals Himself as the Word – John 1:1 (Amp)    God reveals Himself through the Word – John 17:8 (ESV)
      The
    Seriousness
    of God’s revelation – Genesis 17:1 (GNT)
      It exposes the voice of God   It exalts the greatest of God
    • Psalm 33:4 (NIV): Because of the Authority of God’s Word
       We are
    Clueless
    apart from God’s Word – 2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV)
       We are
    Powerless
    apart from God’s Word – Romans 1:16 (NCV)
       We are
    Fruitless
    apart from God’s Word – John 15:3-4 (ESV)
    • Proverbs 30:5 (NCV): Because of the Relevance of God’s Word
       It speaks to contemporary
    Needs    Matthew 5:21-22 – Murder    Matthew 5:27-28 – Adultery    Matthew 5:31-32 – Divorce    Matthew 6:2 – Charity    Matthew 6:25-32 – Worry
       It speaks about eternal
    Promises    Joshua 1:8-9 – Prosperity & Success    Hebrews 13:5 – God always being with us    Isaiah 40:31 – God being our strength    Psalm 18:16-19 – God being our deliverer    Psalm 23 – God being our shepherd
    • 1 Peter 1:23 (CEB) – Because of the Purpose of God’s Word
       To show us the
    Glory
    of Jesus – John 2:11 (NIV)
       To transform us onto the
    Image
    of Jesus – 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT)
    • Hebrews 4:12 (CEV): Because of the Effect of God’s Word
       It awakens
    Conviction
    – Titus 1:9 (Amp)
       We realize the gravity of our need    We realize the greatest of God’s provision of grace
       It leads to
    Conversion
    – Acts 2:21 (GWT) & Romans 10:14 (CEV)
       Turn from sin to Jesus – James 4:7 (NIV)
       It leads to
    Continuation
     - Galatians 5:25 (ESV)
       We are led by the Spirit    We long for the Word God has not called us to focus on good stuff. God stuff fills our lives with the truth that is necessary for realizing God’s purpose. Three Questions
    • Which seeker are we going to be sensitive to?
    • Will we teach a gospel of grace or works?
    • Do our lives reflect the evidence of a changed heart?
    Surrender your life to Jesus and make His Word your authority for living.
  • Jul 16, 2017Awakening by the Spirit
    Jul 16, 2017
    Awakening by the Spirit
    Awakening by the Spirit
    Revelation 3:2-3 (NLT) – We as God’s church need to
    Wake Up We need to wake up and be alert. Ephesians 6:18 (ESV) 1 Peter 1:13 (ESV) We are in a battle to the death. Ephesians 6:11-12 (TM) Deuteronomy 3:22 (ESV) We need to pray: God waken our affection for You God, help us obey Your Spirit God, help us to surrender to Your will God, Awaken Our Affections The driving force behind the mission of the early church was the person of Jesus. – Acts 1
    Verses 1-3: Jesus is the risen
    Savior
    Verses 4-8: Jesus is the exalted
    Lord
    Verses 9-11: Jesus is the coming
    King
    Their passion for Jesus lead to a passion for the
    Kingdom Jesus said: Mark 12:30 (NKJV) – Love Him Matthew 6:33 (NIV) – Seek His Kingdom John 14:15 (CEB) – Obey Him
    Loving and obeying and seeking His kingdom are the
    Priorities
    of a Christian
    God, Help Us to Obey Your Spirit – Acts 2 The Holy Spirit Enables Us to:
    Verses 1-4: Experience God’s
    Presence
    Verses 5-8: Obey God’s
    Commands
    Verses 40-41: Fulfill God’s
    Purposes The Spirit will always point us to, direct us toward, and draw us to Jesus. John 14:26 & 16:1-4 (GNT) God, Help Us to Surrender to Your Will – Acts 2 The Priorities of Jesus and His Church
    Verse 14a:
    Speak
    the Word of God boldly
    Verses 44-45:
    Care
    for others sacrificially
    Verse 46:
    Worship
    Jesus wholeheartedly
    Verse 42:
    Pray
    to the Father desperately
    Verse 47:
    Multiply
    disciples exponentially
    God promises to bless His church when we walk according to His
    Plan
    .Bottom Line: Jesus wants Sierra county and the world
    We know what God wants. What do you want?
  • Jul 9, 2017The Church Is: Part 2
    Jul 9, 2017
    The Church Is: Part 2
    The Church Is Part 2   Jesus is:
    Hebrews 3:1 (CEB) –
    High Priest
    Ephesians 5:23 (NLT) –
    Head
    John 1:37-38 (ESV) –
    Teacher Based on these titles for Jesus it shows us who the church is
    We are recipients of a new
    Covenant
    We are members of a new 
    Community
    We are participants in a new
    Multiplying  A New Covenant – Hebrews 9:15 (GNT) Covenant: to set or fix or establish God has established a relationship with us That covenant is based on
    Matthew 26:27-28 (NIV) –
    Jesus’ Blood
    2 Corinthians 3:5-6 (ESV) – the empowerment by the
    Spirit
    Hebrews 7:22 (NLT) – a
    Guarantee
    Hebrews 8:6 (ESV) – God’s
    Promises
    (Hebrews 6:18 CEB)
    A New Community – Acts 20:28 (CSB) Ekklasea – a gather of the ones called by name Koinonia – to share in an intimate partnership   Primary Terms for the Church Body
    of Christ
    Family
    of God
    Bride
    of Christ
    Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIV) A New Multiplying – Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV) All living organisms grow if they are healthy.
    Acts 2:41, 2:47, 5:14, 11:24 (ESV) – grow
    Numerically
    1 Peter 2:2 (NIV) – grow in understanding of your
    Salvation
    2 Peter 3:18 (CEB) – grow in the
    Grace and Knowledge
    of Jesus
    The church has a relationship with Jesus where He is our sole authority. The church is to grow physically and spiritually. Jesus invites you to become part of His church.
  • Jul 2, 2017The Church Is Part 1
    Jul 2, 2017
    The Church Is Part 1
    The Church Is Part 1   Matthew 16:17-18 (NLT) The church is to be strong and stable not weak and constantly moving. The church is to be victorious because the Head of the Church has already won the victory. The church is to be an overcoming, living organism. The Church’s Life Mission: Acts 2:38-41 (CSB)
    To lead people to become
    Fully Devoted
    followers of Jesus
    The Kind of Church That Follows the Mission Of Jesus
    • A Dangerous Church Not a Safe Church
    • A Safe Church:
    Strives to keep the members happy Avoid controversial issues Remains cautious
    • A Dangerous Church:
    An Uncivilized Approach
    Matthew 3:1-6 (NIV) John 2:13-17 (CEB)
    Divine Boldness
    Acts 4:13, 17-21 (ESV) Acts 4:29-31 (GWT) A Risk-Taking Faith Acts 20:28 (NIV) Acts 14:19-20 (GNT)
    • An Equipping Not an Inspiring Church
    The Church’ Life Purpose: Ephesians 4:11-16 (ESV) Bring In Build Up Train Send Out Ephesians 3:8-10 (NLT) The church is to be the display case of God’s glory.