Notes for FaithPoint

Pic from Flickr by Vee-vee.

Pic from Flickr by Vee-vee.

These notes are for your own personal study time.

Please remember that next Sunday will be our two year anniversary celebration. I hope you are as excited as I am.

The text for this sermon comes from Genesis 11. The title for this sermon is: Live Like Who Jesus Says You Are.

Genesis 11:1-9

The people were very resourceful. They moved to a plain – flat land and this is where they decided to settle. Instead of following God’s plan and continuing to disperse and take dominion over the land, they decided to stop and build their city and not just build but fortify their city.

They had to build an oven that would get hot enough to sustain a flame to where bricks could be forged. So the bricks are made and construction on the city and the tower began.

The people see no obstacles in the construction of their city or tower. They get in their mindset that they are unstoppable. The fact that they are working together makes them believe they are going to be great. Their names will be written in history books. Movies will be made about them. Their pride is quickly devouring them.

These people know about God but they do not want to obey Him nor do they think they need Him to live this life.

They are so adamant about not needing God, they want to build their tower so high that it reaches to God and they can look Him in the face and tell Him how much they don’t need Him.

They believe their life has nothing to do with God and rises and falls in their own hands.

We do the same thing.

We like to call ourselves Christians – The name means to be like Christ.

We like to claim the name of Christ and then not live like Christ called us to live because what we want to do is not be changed by the Holy Word of God.

We don’t want to live as if It’s all about Jesus because that means that what happened at church on Sunday would actually have an effect on the rest of the week.

We don’t want Scripture to be our highest authority because that means it would actually determine our actions, character and behavior and transform how we think.

We don’t want Jesus to change us because that would mean actually obeying Him and living as if He really meant to send us out as missionaries to go and make disciples.

You can not make disciples if you are not one.

We don’t want that to be true. We want that to be true for the pastor but the rest of us. The pastor is the one that is supposed to be hospitable and open his home, share the gospel, give, fast, pray, serve those that need serving. We don’t want it to be true for us because it is:

  • uncomfortable

  • difficult

  • time consuming

Colossians 2:6

Paul actually means that if you have been saved, redeemed by the blood that Jesus spilled on the cross, then you should live as Jesus called you to live at whatever cost to you.

Colossians 3:1-5

Christ is your life.

It does not make sense to call yourself a Christian and then live as if you never knew Him. It does not compute.

If Christ is your life: Then it is Christ living through you and not you. Because the Holy Spirit conforms you to obedience – Everything in you that makes you – you, starts to change. IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!

Jesus takes you through a process of making everything in you sanctified. You are becoming more and more like Jesus.

The penalty: Genesis 11:5-9

1 John 2:4

If we think we can call ourselves Christians based solely on the fact that we go to church, we are liars.

Either we are not Christians but fooled ourselves into thinking we are because we said a prayer when we were 8 and nothing in our lives has ever changed or…

We are baby Christians and we really love Jesus but we have never been discipled and we have never sought out a mentor because we did not know what a godly person looked like or…

We are just not Christians. There is nothing in us that wants to pursue Jesus. There is nothing in us that remotely cares about obedience to a God that we do not have a relationship with.

If you fit into any one of those categories…clearly you do not understand the gospel.

Romans 8: 28-30 – 32?

The gospel is for both salvation and sanctification.

If you are not a Christian, the Holy Spirit grabs you and holds you and it feels like your heart is being ripped from your chest. You need to be obedient and receive the life that Jesus graciously wants to give you.

If you are a Christian, I encourage you to embrace the gospel and get in your mindset that this life is not about your works but it is because of what Jesus did. Your obedience and sanctification is not from your own effort but because the Holy Spirit lives in you and leads you to be obedient.

As valuable as your salvation is, everything in you is calling you to intentional obedience. You should want and desire to become conformed to the image of Christ and it should not matter the cost to you.

Live Like You Are Who Jesus Says You Are