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Second in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

Matthew 7:24-29

Main Point:  The content of Jesus’ teaching is absolutely vital to constructing a truly good life.

  1. Jesus’ teaching is the solid foundation for our lives [24-25]
    1. Deuteronomy 4:4-6
    2. 1 Corinthians 3:11
    3. Isaiah 28:16
  2. There is no other solid place to ground our lives [26-27]
    1. Ezekiel 33:31-32
    2. 2 Peter 1:5-7
  3. The brilliance of Jesus’ teaching is truly startling [28-29]
    1. Authority is:
      1. The ability to preform an action, or even a possibility of influence, without hindrance.
      2. A responsible autonomy that has the right, permission, freedom, enablement to act within an appropriate sphere of influence.
      3. Jurisdiction of an office bearer in the legal order of a government.
      4. Supernatural powers in the spiritual world.
      5. The absolute, deciding, creative power of God.
    2. Deuteronomy 18:17-19
  4. Applications and Next Steps:
    1. What content do you tend to pay more attention to in your life than Jesus’ teachings?
    2. What percentage of our life is founded upon his authoritative instructions?
    3. What is your response to Jesus’ authority today?

First in the series “Why Should I Even Care?”

Mark 2:1-12

Main Point:  Jesus is aware of the greatest need in our lives, and is the only one who is able to bring healing.

  1. If we care about our friends, we will bring them to Jesus [1-5]
    1. Psalm 103:3
    2. Exodus 15:26
    3. 2 Samuel 12:13
  2. If we care about our lives, we will entrust them to Jesus [6-11]
    1. Leviticus 24:15-16
    2. Psalm 7:9
    3. Daniel 7:13-14
  3. If we are healed by Jesus, we will celebrate with action [12]
    1. Isaiah 35:6
    2. 1 Corinthians 2:9
  4. Application Questions:
    1. What is an area of your life in which you have been paralyzed? What truly is the greatest need in your life?
    2. What assistance is Jesus offering to you right now today? How do you go about receiving that help?
    3. How could you increase the intensity of your Gospel witness to your friends?

God Is With You

Isaiah 7:7-17

Main Point:  No matter how messed up the drama of your life has become, God has not abandoned you.

  1. When our world is impossible to navigate… God is still there
    1. 2 Samuel 7:14-16
    2. Deuteronomy 6:16
  2. When our problems are impossible to calculate, God is still there
    1. Matthew 1:18-25
    2. Matthew 28:20
  3. Application Questions:
    1. Thinking back over this past year, when have been some times that it seemed God had checked out of your life?
    2. How could you go about experiencing God’s presence in your times of past suffering and loneliness?
    3. If you really knew God was always there, and that he really cares, would you not want to have a real relationship with him?

Twelfth in the series “Upstream”

Titus 3:4-7

Main Point:  It is the work of God’s grace that makes us the kind of people who positively influence the world around us.

  1. Grace naturally flows from God’s gentle character [4]
    1. Ephesians 2:6-7
    2. Galatians 5:22-23
  2. Grace freely rescues from sin’s dreadful prison [5]
    1. “Works of righteousness are the fruit of salvation, and the root must come before the fruit. The Lord saves His people out of clear, unmixed, undiluted mercy and grace, and for no other reason.”  – C. H. Spurgeo
    2. John 3:3
  3. Grace lavishly renovates by the Spirit’s amazing power [6]
    1. Joel 2:28-29
    2. John 14:16-17, John 14:25-26
  4. Grace boldly promises by God’s relentless forgiveness [7]
    1. Galatians 4:4-7
  5. Application Questions
    1. What step is this Good News calling for you to take in your relationship with God this week?
    2. What is a kindness you could show to someone this week that you have been avoiding?
    3. How do we go about becoming more gentle people when positive change is rooted in grace?

Eleventh in the series “Upstream”

Titus 2:11-15

Main Point:  How you live out Jesus’ love has more impact on those around you than any argument you could ever give.

  1. Good living must be rooted in a healthy study of God [11 – 13]
    1. Luke 1: 78 – 79
    2. “For nothing is more blessed and more desirable than that appearing. Words are not able to represent it, the blessings thereof surpass our understanding”  -John Chrysostom
  2. Good theology must be focused on Jesus’ suffering for us [14]
    1. Mark 10:45
    2. Psalm 130:7-8
    3. Ephesians 5:25-26
  3. Good service must be shaped by authoritative teaching  [15]
    1. Matthew 28:18-20

Applications and Next Steps:

  1. Are you ready to respond to this Good News this Advent?
  2. How could you go about improving your theology this Advent season?
  3. What needs to start changing in your life this week in order for you to have a more effective testimony towards your neighbors and friends?

Tenth in the series “Upstream”

(partial recording only)

Titus 1:1-4

Main Point:  We will see what it looks like to be an upstream leader in circumstances that are harsh towards the Gospel.

  1. Be very sure of our identity and mission in Jesus [1]
    1. 1 Peter 2:9-10
    2. Ephesians 2:8-10
  2. Be very clear about the content of our message [2 – 3]
    1. Galatians 4:4-5
    2. Luke 2:8-12
  3. Be very intentional about connecting downstream [4]
    1. Acts 15:2-3

Application Questions

  1. Have you yet received this new identity through the Gospel? Have you applied this new identity to your life?
  2. How can you become clearer about the message of the Gospel? With whom could you share this during Advent?
  3. With whom are you connecting downstream?

Ninth in the series “Upstream”

2 Timothy 3:1-16

Main Point:  The world system will eventually degenerate to the point that there is no-one of virtue to serve as a model.

  1. Do not expect this corrupt system to be your friend [1-9]
    1. Avoid following those reflecting chaos values.
    2. Those embracing these values inevitably harm others.
      1. Exodus 7:10-12
  2. Do not imagine you are abandoned in this hostile world [10-16]
    1. Timothy has both the Apostle and family as models.
      1. Matthew 5:11-12
      2. Psalm 34:19-20
      3. Romans 8:38
    2. The Bible is permanently upstream from all of us.
  3. Applications and Next Steps:
    1. In what ways have the characteristics of a self-centered life been unearthed in your life?
    2. What needs to change in your view of the Scriptures for it to be elevated to Paul’s perspective in verses 15 – 16?
    3. How can we apply the example of Paul’s relationship with Timothy in encouraging those who are going through suffering?

Leaders Worth Following

Eighth in the series “Upstream”

2 Timothy 2:1-26

 

Main Point:  Paul gives us a model of how we should live to positively impact those who are downstream.

  1. A successful mission usually includes personal cost [1-7]
  2. The ultimate example clearly involved individual sacrifice [8-13]
    1. Matthew 10:32-33
  3. A confident ministry always implies gentle responses [14-26]
    1. Luke 9:61-62
    2. 1 Corinthians 15:12-14
  4. Applications and Next Steps:
    1. What are the things that have been entrusted to you in your spiritual journey that you have a duty to pass on to others?
    2. What could you do to improve the believability of your message to your friends?
    3. Are you ready today to actually find Jesus and begin following him?