3 THINGS I LEARNED ON MY SUMMER BREAK

Week Two

Pastor James

IT IS EASIER (BUT NOT BETTER) TO ATTEND AND NOT CONNECT



  • DISCONNECTED and CONSUMER-ORIENTED Christianity is a problem!
  • To combat that we really need to be CONNECTED and SERVING in a local Church


DON'T GIVE UP ON THE CHURCH:


“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT2)



THERE'S NOTHING LIKE THE LOCAL CHURCH...

                    WHEN THE LOCAL CHURCH IS WORKING RIGHT!


“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.  A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.   They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity— all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”              Acts 2:42-47 (NLT2)


WHAT GOD WANTS HIS CHURCH TO LOOK LIKE:


“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.  Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.  Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!”

Romans 12:9-16 (NLT2)


A NEW IDENTITY:


“...to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.”                               

John 1:12-13 (NLT2)



BEFORE & AFTER:


“Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.  Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NLT2)


ADOPTED INTO HIS FAMILY:


“...you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.  And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory....”

Romans 8:15-17a (NLT2)



WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST:


“...are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.”

Ephesians 2:19-21 (NLT2)


WE BELONG TO HIM AND EACH OTHER:


“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”

 Romans 12:4-5 (NLT2)


AS THE FAMILY OF GOD...


  • IT'S OK TO VISIT, BUT MAKE SURE YOU COME HOME
  • ITS OK TO CARE FROM A DISTANCE, BUT MAKE SURE YOU LOVE UP CLOSE
  • ITS OK TO RECEIVE (AS A GUEST), BUT BETTER TO GIVE (AS A HOST)