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In this sermon we examine the incarnation of Jesus Christ and the implications for missionality.
Being Christian and calling Jesus Lord is more than just words. We are called to live according to the Word of God... but what does that mean? The introduction to the series calls us to follow the example of Jesus.
Paul now moves from the sweeping revelation of God's reconciling work to narrow in on his own ministry. He knows that God has given him a mission, by his grace, to reveal the now-revealed mystery of Christ to the Gentiles.
Youth Pastor Michael Rhodes finishes our four week series on Community Life with a powerful, heartfelt, and passionate plea to the Oaks Congregation to live as missionaries and servants in their own contexts and places of influence.
As the church grew in numbers and diversity, its daily needs increased, as well. Acts 6:1ff marks a transition in leadership and location, where the apostles appoint seven, Spirit-filled servants to care for the daily needs of the church (e.g., food for widows). These servants were not merely tasked with administrative details, but also preached inspired sermons. Stephen's message, in fact, is an indicting message. He exposes the idolatry of his Jewish opponents and shows mastery of the OT Scriptures. His awareness that Jesus fulfills all that God intended in the OT story leads to his martyrdom and subsequent persecution that disperses the church. As the church goes beyond Jerusalem, she fulfills Jesus' mandate in Acts 1:8 to be a witness in Judea and Samaria, and the ends of the earth. Stephens example (and the other so-called 'deacons') provides a model of Spirit-filled service that expands God's reach.
Lesson Aim: To grow in our understanding of what it means to obey and serve Christ out of a love relationship instead of a need to prove our self-worth.