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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?

Seventh in the series “Upstream”

2 Timothy 1:1-18

Main Point:  What we learn from those who are upstream from us are the things we need to share with those downstream.

  1. Good mentors remind us who we really are becoming [1-7]
    1. Romans 2:28-29
  2. Good teaching recognizes Jesus is always upstream [8-12]
    1. Mark 8:38
    2. Revelation 1:16-17
  3. Good examples reinforce Jesus’ design for our lives [13-18]

Application Questions and Next Steps:

  • Take an honest spiritual inventory of my actions and attitudes this week. (Scale of 1 to 10)
  • What can we do to increase the impact of this pattern of teaching in our lives?
  • How can we go about better impacting others downstream?

Sixth in the series “Upstream”

1 Timothy 6:1-21

Main Point:  There are things Christians should be chasing after, and things that are not worthy of our hearts.

  1. Net worth does not equal real value [2b-10]
  2. Whatever your status, discipleship matters [1-2a, 17-19]
    1. Galatians 3:27-29
    2. Matthew 6:19-21
  3. Some treasures are truly worth protecting [1-16, 20-21]

Application Questions:

  • Does your treatment of finances reflect contentment or greed?
  • How could you improve the way you steward his provision?
  • How could you apply Paul’s injunctions to those in servitude to your role as an employee, entrepreneur, or volunteer?

Fifth in the series “Upstream”

1 Timothy 5:1-25

Main Point:  God desires for us to live our lives well as part of a multi-generational community of faith.

  1. Real Christians treat one another as family [1-2]
    1. Mark 3:33-34
  2. Real Christians help those truly in need [3-15]
    1. Acts 6:1-4
    2. Matthew 15:4-6
    3. 1Corinthians 7: 8 – 9, 1 Corinthians 7:39 – 40
  3. Real Christians honor those further upstream [17-25]
    1. Deuteronomy 25:4
    2. Luke 10:7
  4. Applications and Next Steps
    1. How could you improve the way that you interact with those who are upstream from you in this church? Others?
    2. Who is someone that you could trust to share with them the areas of your life that you usually prefer to remain hidden?
    3. What practical improvements can we make to our ministry to better care for those who truly are in need?

Fourth in the series “Upstream”

1 Timothy 4:1-16

What should and should not be part of an influential leader’s life?

  1. Godliness
    1. Step Back
    2. Overwhelming Awe
    3. Proper Worship
    4. Respectful Attitude
    5. Complete Commitment
    6. Jesus-following Lifestyle
    7. Believing Jesus’s story
  2. False teaching always eventually produces ungodliness [1-5]
    1. Genesis 1:31
    2. Mark 7:18-23
  3. Faithful teaching always intentionally provides examples [6-16]
    1. 2 Peter 1:5-8
  4. Application Questions:
    1. Have you received the Gospel of Jesus, the root of the mystery of godliness?
    2. What kind of example are you giving younger Christians who are looking to you for clarity in how to live out aspects of the Way?
    3. What small changes could be made in your life that would make your model for other Christians more compelling?

Third in the series “Upstream”

1 Timothy 3:1-16

Main Point:  Paul gives a snapshot of the kind of leaders who have a positive influence on the church.

  1. Church leaders must be known as godly people [1-7]
    1. 1 Peter 5:1-4
  2. Church helpers must be known as godly people [8-13]
    1. Acts 6:3-4
  3. Real godliness must be based on the story of Jesus [14-16]
    1. Colossians 2:14-15
    2. 1 Peter 1:12
  4. Application Questions:
    1. Have you caught enough of a glimpse of the mystery of Jesus that it changes your life?
    2. What needs to change in your lifestyle and attitudes to better reflect the Christian ideals expressed here?
    3. How do we go about changing our behavior without embracing legalism?

Second in the series “Upstream”

1 Timothy 2:1-15

Main Point:  Our worship should be formulated in such a way that it has maximum impact on the world around us.

  1. Everyone needs to be included during our prayers [1-4]
  2. Everything needs to be focused on Jesus in our worship [5-7]
    1. Hebrews 8:6
    2. John 14:6
    3. Romans 5:6
    4. Mark 10:45
    5. Galatians 4:4-5
  3. Every distraction needs to be removed from our worship [8-15]
  4. Application Questions:
    1. What needs to change in your life for Jesus to truly be your focus?
    2. In what ways has God’s Word shaped your own perspectives on gender? How does your perspective need to further change?
    3. If we take the principles that Paul is teaching in this passage seriously, how would this impact the way we pray for our neighborhood, city, state, and country?