Make Spiritual Friendships
January 4, 2015
We were created out of an eternal friendship, and we were made for friendships. You need spiritual friendships to flourish as a follower of Christ. Spiritual friendships help you meet the challenges of being a husband, father, wife, mom, neighbor, or friend. Spiritual friendships provide correction when you start to wander, direction when you're confused, comfort when you're hurting and grace when you've wandered and hurt yourself and others.
Scripture: Acts 20:36-21:8
A Faithful Minister
January 11, 2015
Rather than asking, "when will get a Pastor, ask, what sort of pastor should we pray the Father brings us. So what's a faithful pastor do?
He brings the gospel to people who haven't heard it. (He knows the gospel- it's not advice, it's news;)
He disciples those who receive it. (Helping them come to lives of faith-active trust in Christ, hope-for heaven, the coming of the kingdom, love-for all the saints. You are a disciple of Jesus when these 3 are at work in you.)
He prays for them to grow by it. (4 things to pray; that you will know what God wants for you, that you will do what God tells you, that you will be strengthened by his power, that you will be grateful for all he accomplished in you.)
Scripture: Colossians 1:1-14
He is the Head of the Body
January 18, 2015
If Jesus is going to be preeminent in His Church and over our individual lives, then we cannot make less of Him than He is, and we cannot attempt to add to what He has accomplished for us!
Scripture: Colossians 1:15-23
Him We Proclaim
January 25, 2015
Jesus is the content, object and goal of our personal and corporate evangelism. We must proclaim the gospel - we must speak it. And in speaking the gospel, we warn and teach. So, sharing the Gospel of Christ isn't just emotional appeal - "what if you died tonight?" And it's not simply an intellectual appeal - "Jesus is Lord of all." To share Christ we should warn and press for a commitment to Christ, but we must be patient enough to teach and depend on the Spirit to bring our friend, neighbor, co-worker, relative to Christ.
Scripture: Colossians 1:24-2:5