Hope you are having a wonderful week!
“Physical light is said by Solomon to be sweet, but gospel light is infinitely more precious, for it reveals eternal things and ministers to our immortal natures. When the Holy Spirit gives us spiritual light and opens our eyes to behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, we behold sin in its true colors, and ourselves in our real position; we see the Most Holy God as He reveals Himself, the plan of mercy as He propounds it, and the world to come as the Word describes it.” – Charles Spurgeon
Here are a couple announcements for you to remember:
FaithPoint Men, we will be discussing Lead Up Principle #7 this evening. We will meet at our normal scheduled tonight. See you at 6:30.
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Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from Hebrews 10:24. The title of this sermon is: Superheroes Never Settle. This is week 6 in our Superheroes2 series.
Christians are familiar with verses such as John 13:35, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
We know that we are to love God and love others. We know that we are called to be chasing after everything that Jesus created us to be and calling others to repentance so that may find Jesus as their Lord and Savior, their Shepherd and Redeemer King.
Christians do not mind change and they expect it when it comes to computers, cars and cell phones. Christians are reluctant and often refuse change when it is expected of them.
Unbelief lies inside every Christian. It puts up a wall of resistance against change and faith. It retaliates against verses like Romans 12:2.
Unbelief makes excuses for why a person is not growing or progressing in their faith.
Unbelief looks at an empty chair as just an empty chair. Faith prays for the empty chair because that could be the very chair that your coworker, friend, family member, or acquaintance like the Starbucks barista you have been talking to sits in.
Unbelief directs you to distraction because it takes work to be intentional.
Distractions can lead you to settle. Settling leads to comfort.
Comfort is the enemy of progress.
Have we so deceived ourselves into thinking that we don’t need to grow or mature in our faith because we are Christians and we are just going to Heaven when we die because that is our end goal?
That is what we were told in church right? That is what we sell to little kids.
Christians believe in this so much that they just kick back and put their feet up and put their spiritual life on cruise control….because they are comfortable.
The end goal for a Christian is to be like Jesus and be a part of God’s plan of reconciliation and transformation as He sets right everything that man has made wrong.
That might be true but apparently that is not enough to get some Christians off the couch.
Galatians 5:14, “For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Have we so deceived ourselves into thinking that loving our neighbor means leaving them alone?
Unbelief will tell you to not invite anyone over to your house.
Unbelief will tell you to not to share your story or talk about Jesus to anyone because they might not talk to you anymore. So, you listen to the voice of unbelief because you care more about what the person thinks about you more than what Jesus has called you to.
Listening to the voice of unbelief is another way of hardening your heart.
If you are resistant, reluctant or downright opposed to applying what you heard from the Bible – you are hardening your heart.
Take a note from Batman and Iron Man. They. Never. Settle.
Batman is constantly looking for ways to get better. He pushes himself to be better so that he can stay on top of his game when it comes to fighting bad guys. As technology advances, so does his uniform, his gadgets, and his batmobiles.
He is always learning. My house could probably fit inside his library. Batman knows that the minute that he gets comfortable or stops trying to get better, his enemies will take advantage of that and Batman will not be as effective as he could be because he settled.
Tony Stark is the same way. There are no two Iron Man armors that are exactly the same. Tony wants to always be better than the bad guys he is trying to take down. In fact, he tries to stay ahead of the game. He has so many different armors that he can be ready for almost any situation that arises. Tony is constantly learning and tweaking not just his armors, but himself. He knows that there are parts of him that he doesn’t like and he tries to work to make himself better. When it comes to technology, Iron Man is so far ahead of the game that if the technology does not exist, Tony will just invent it.
Both Batman and Iron Man work to continue becoming more than they are right now. They have an endurance and perseverance that drives them to push themselves.
They not only push themselves but they push other superheroes to get better.
Batman doesn’t want to be Superman. He just wants Superman to be a better Superman.
He pushes Green Lantern, Cyborg, Flash. He pushes Nightwing and Robin. He wants the people he works with to continue to get better.
Iron Man wants the Avengers to get better. He pushes them to train and learn and push beyond their limits.
Both Batman and Iron Man know that the Justice League and the Avengers are only as strong as their weakest member. That is why they push them to become stronger, faster, better. The stronger each individual hero is, the stronger the team is.
The Bible calls us to do the same thing. Hebrews 10:24
Stir up: set in motion, instigate, kindle, fire up, ignite, provoke
You are called to push, encourage, challenge, whatever it takes to make disciples.
Both Batman and Iron Man know that they cannot push their teams to grow and get better if they themselves are not willing to grow and get better.
The same is true for Christians.
You cannot make disciples of Jesus if you are not already one yourself. When it comes to your spiritual life, you cannot take someone down a road that you have not walked yourself.
You cannot expect someone else to do something that you are unwilling to do yourself.
For us to be everything that God has called us to be means that we have to give up comfortable, apathy, and complacency. Complacency will kill a Christian’s spiritual walk and kill a church.
We are called to live a life of faith.
We are not going to sit and settle. We know that God is moving and we want to be a part of it.
You are not complacent Christians. You will not give up. You will not submit to comfortable.
You refuse to listen and give in to the voice of unbelief and resistance.
1 John 4:4, “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
Isaiah 41:10, “fear not, for I am with you be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
If you are a Christian, the Lord is your Shepherd, you will never be in want.
Jesus is your Redeemer King.
He has called you out of the darkness into His glorious light.
He has given you the Holy Spirit so that you can walk fully in the power and calling that is given to every Christian.
You will live by faith. It does not matter that you cannot see the whole picture but you trust God to lead and direct you.
You take the first step of faith and then God will begin to work in you and through you.
Romans 8:31, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
God does not set you up to fail. God does not call you into His purpose for your life and then walk away. God does not place a calling on your life and then do everything in His power to sabotage you.
God is for you. He wants you to succeed in your calling. He wants you to fully become like Jesus in all areas of your life. He wants you to make disciples and stir up other Christians.
You just might be the catalyst that awakens the fire inside another Christian and reignites their passion to live the life that Jesus has called them to live.
Don’t settle for anything less than that which God has already purposed for your life.
I leave you with this.
Philippians 2:13, “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
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