You can tackle this week. You do not have to be overwhelmed. You do not have to fear or be afraid of failure. You are more than a conqueror not because of anything that you can do or have done but because of who your Daddy is. God has perfectly laid out your path so that you can walk in it. Beware of anything that may distract you or detour you from where God wants to take you.
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon is: Matthew 3:8. The title for this sermon is: You Were Created For Ministry.
There is a misconception in the church today about what ministry really is. When people talk about ministry, they are usually referring to some type of event or program. An event or program is not in and of itself ministry. However, the program or event can be used as a means to do ministry. You do not need an event or a program to minister to someone else.
A pastor is not the only one with the capability to minister to others. Every Christian has been created to do ministry.
All of us are called to bear fruit in keeping with repentance.
Ministry is service for God or other people.
Part of being a living sacrifice means that you are dying to your old self and old ways by serving others.
When you serve, we are told to do it with all of our heart. When we serve, we go hard in the paint, we lay it all out on the field, we pour out and go home empty. If you do something half-hearted, than you most likely care more about you than the person or people you are serving.
Serving is like giving in the fact that giving proves that you are not selfish. Serving proves that you are not self-centered.
Part of being a church means that there are redeemed people who live and serve in such a way that both their lives and communities are transformed.
If you have no concern about your own life being transformed or your city being transformed, than you must search your soul and ask yourself the question: Are you really a Christian?
God has united us together in local churches to keep each other from sinning and straying from Christ. We are commanded to gather together as saints, and scatter to care for believers and share the gospel with unbelievers.
This does not have to be intimidating.
You are a disciple, you are the church, you are a missionary. We are all called to serve.
You may not be called to preach, speak at conferences, lead a retreat, start a homeless shelter, or lead a marriage retreat. But….do you know people who are carrying burdens or that struggle with sin?
That is what we are called to do.
Loving your neighbor as yourself means that you help a person that struggles in sin because you desire to see them restored. You want the prodigal child to return home back to their Daddy.
You might be thinking that this could get messy. Part of serving people or helping people means that you are going to have to get involved in their junk. This also means that if you are the one that needs help fighting against sin or you have a burden that is beyond your capability to carry, people are going to have to get involved in your junk too.
The solution to the problem is deeper than surface level. We have to get to the root of the problem. If someone is angry, the typical response is to find out what triggers the anger and then keep the person away from whatever provokes the anger. That might work for a little while. That doesn’t address the person’s heart. The WHY to the reason the person gets angry is rooted in the heart of the person.
If a person is in or is thinking about adultery. You have to get to the heart. WHY does the person feel it necessary to cheat on their spouse?
Every “flaw” a person has can be traced back to their heart. If you never confront the heart, you will never get to the root of the problem.
You cannot change a person’s heart. However, Jesus can!
Jesus lived, died, and resurrected so that our lives could be transformed. Christians are given the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit works in us to purge us of our old selves and to transform us into the image of Jesus.
This means that we have to stay connected to Jesus. We have to stay connected to the vine. John 6:63 – It is the Spirit that gives life
John 15:5 – Apart from me, you can do nothing
There is an urgency here. We do not have time for distractions.
For the church to be everything that Christ has called us to be – we have to take our responsibility to one another seriously.
Yes, it’s going to be inconvenient.
Yes, there will be times when you feel like you are in over your head.
Yes, it will be messy.
Yes, it will be time consuming.
Serving people and helping people become who they were created to be is discipleship. That is what discipleship is.
As we begin to bear one another’s burdens, we will run into issues, idols and lies that keep them from being the disciples that Jesus wants them to be.
We know what Jesus has accomplished and we know that He already has the victory.
It’s not always fun but we want to be the church that we are called to be.
Stay connected to the vine and the Spirit will work in you and through you.
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
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