Our summer series is officially over. We spent the last nine weeks looking through Scripture using heroes as a way of pointing us to Jesus.
However, I need your help.
I believe that this series would be a benefit to other people. I have decided to turn this series into a book. This is where you come in. Your answers to the following questions will help shape the final product of the book.
- What sermon in the series impacted you the most? Why?
- Was there something that you feel was not addressed that could be addressed in the book?
- Was there something that you would like to have been explained further?
- How did you feel applying what you learned through the sermon series?
Thank you for participating in answering these questions. Please share your answers on my Facebook page.
Here are a few announcements that you need to plug into your calendar:
- FaithPoint men, we will not be meeting next Sunday morning due to our baptism service at the Ramada Inn pool. We will meet the following Sunday at 9:00 am.
- We want to rejoice with the person that is being baptized this coming Sunday. Please remember that this is a celebration. Please bring an item for breakfast. We will also have doughnuts and coffee in addition to whatever you bring. Please be present at the Ramada Inn pool at 9:30 am.
- We are having a fellowship in addition to our Bible study on Wednesday evening. It is going to be Italian themed. We look forward to what you bring. Please come and join us for this time of fellowship and time with Pastor James in the Bible.
- We will begin a new series next Sunday on what it means to Live Intentionally.
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from 1 Corinthians 12:12-26. The title for this sermon is: Teamwork. This is the last sermon in the Heroes series.
We wrap up this Heroes series with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Four Turtles, different personalities, different likes, different dislikes, different weapons, different gifts and specialities, one team.
The Turtles help us to understand that every member of the team is vital. Every member of the team is needed. Every member of the team matters.
When they function as a team, they click, it works. They are unstoppable.
When they are off, someone has a bad day, someone doesn’t want to pull their weight, someone gets selfish, someone complains, they cease to function as a team and they begin to function as four individuals.
They all have their own sweet spots. They focus on what they can do and only what they can do. It doesn’t make sense for Leonardo to use Donatello’s bo staff or Michelangelo to try and use Raphael’s sais. That is not what they are good at. They focus on what they are good at. Then you take four equipped individual turtles and put them together and you have a really good team.
ME is not as good as WE.
It works the same way in a church family.
1 Corinthians 12:12-26
vs 12-14 The church functions as a body. There is not one part greater than the next. The eye is not more important than the foot. The hand is not more important than the ear. They work together to function as one.
vs 15-26 God perfectly equipped you with the skills, talents, and gifts that you have. You are not more important than anyone else and you are not less than anyone else. You have exactly what you need to accomplish what God has put forth in your life.
The body needs all of its members to work the way that it was divinely designed to work. When one of the members does not function the way it is supposed to, the body is not working to its full capacity. If you break an arm, your arm does not work the way that it is supposed to. If you break your arm, you are not going to cut it off because it is broken. You don’t get rid of it. You go to a doctor and get on the track to healing.
If you are sick, you might have headaches or your whole body feels achy. You are not up to 100 percent.
We suffer with those who suffer and we rejoice with those who rejoice.
Everyone has value. Everyone is important.
You do not have value because of who you are or what you can do. You have value because of who you created you.
Now I’m not going to tell you to go out and be the best in the world. That is what our culture tells you. Go out and be the best in the world. That is stupid. You don’t have to be the best in the world but you can be your best.
You don’t wear a cape.
You are not super. You don’t have to be great, amazing, spectacular, invincible, dynamic, or incredible because Jesus is.
Greater is He that is in me, than He that is in the world.
Remember that you are a product of grace.
Following Jesus is hard.
When you were saved, you never anticipated that there would be times of failure, mistakes, setbacks, detours, trainwrecks. You never saw them coming. They showed up like a knuckleball.
The Bible is easy to read, easy to understand. Hard to follow.
That is why you need grace.
That is why you are part of a church.
That is why you are part of a team.
You are part of a group of individuals that when they come together stand on the rock of Jesus to face any enemy. You fight from victory not for victory. You can kill sin and not leave any evidence.
You have been given a God-given potential to accomplish what He has put inside you. It is up to you to unleash that potential.
We are all on this journey together.
You do not walk alone.
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