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Many Christians have memorized 1 John 1:9 as a remedy for sins. When we sin we cling to its promise that if we confess (agree) our sins God will be faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us. However, this message highlights a verse that should be memorized as a preventive for sinning in the first place. Romans 6:14 tells Christians that they have been freed from the power and dominion of sin, and are now free to serve God in righteousness.
This message focuses on the things we all need to do, as ordinary followers of Christ, to position ourselves to participate in Kingdom advance all across the globe. I'm going to talk about leveraging life experiences as the people whom God has crafted us to be, spiritual disciplines, prayer, humility, and radical boldness in following God on an incredible adventure.
This message presents principles of stewardship that bring Christ's disciples grace and joy in a spirit of generosity.
Acts 2 tells of the birth of the church. First those who believed received Christ in baptism. Immediately in the next verse, they devoted themselves together to study, fellowship, worship and prayer. United to Christ is to be united in Christ to the community of faith, the church.
Godliness is an unexpected virtue on Peter's list (2 Peter 1:5-7). Tucked between perseverance and kindness, the virtue of godliness begs Christ-followers to prioritize God. Employing a term more common to Greek philosophy than Christian ethics (only 22x in NT, mostly in pastoral epistles), godliness describes rebelling against worldly systems and engaging God personally and powerfully. Historically, the church has found godliness in spiritual disciplines. When these disciplines become second nature, then a godliness becomes a matter of disposition. Of course, any progress in godliness begins with the saving work of Jesus and flows from a heart that desires God.
The Holy Spirit has equipped each disciple to serve as a member of the body of Christ. It is our part to discover and use those gifts to the glory of God, to the benefit of others and to the growth and joy of the servant. This message will continue to help discover the S.H.A.P.E of one's ministry.
To be a disciple of Jesus Christ means reading the Bible and more: it is hearing it and living it. The message will address and seek to give guidance for this mark of discipleship.
Worship is not about form, style or service order. These are the external media that carry worship. Real worship glorifies God and changes lives. It brings the inner fuel to live the authentic Christian life. This message will seek to define and direct the church toward life-changing, God-honoring worship.
Our mission is not about adding members but making disciples. The first mark of a disciple is daily prayer: to pray simply, pray asking, pray for others and pray with thanksgiving.
Chuck Swindoll says the problem with the Christian life is that it is so daily. So when it comes to pursuing a daily walk with Jesus Christ sometimes the dailyness of our pursuit becomes a problem. In this concluding sermon to the series Walking Daily With Jesus Pastor Ron reviews the high points of the series and points out that the way to make lasting changes in our lives with the help of the Holy Spirit is to focus on one change at a time and stick to it for 30 days. Also included is a prayer based on Ephesians 1:17-21 that Ron is asking the church to pray daily through the end of September.