SERIES: The Troubled & Triumphant Church (1 Corinthians)
The Bible uses are many metaphors to describe the relationship between the child of God and our Heavenly Father. Believers are called sheep in God’s fold, members of the body of Christ, and the Bride of Christ with Jesus as the Bride Groom. For the Apostle Paul, his favorite term for Christians was the word Saint!
In fact, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul uses this term over 60 times to refer to ordinary people who have repented of their sin and been brought into the family of God. You are a saint, not because of who you are, but, because of who Jesus is. You are a saint, not because of what you have done, but because of what Jesus has done! To be a saint comes with many blessings and benefits.
Listen in and learn of the benefits of being a saint! These benefits were given in the past, are experienced in the present, and will continue into the future. For example, you have been given grace as a benefit of grace. Grace must provide for the elimination of guilt. Grace eliminates guilt!
SERIES: The Troubled & Triumphant Church (1 Corinthians)
The Church is trouble today. The evidence is all around us. Very few churches are growing. In fact, the vast majority of the Churches are plateaued and declining. Sin is rampant without and within. At one time, the Church was the center or the hub of the family. Now, we see many Christians have even divorced themselves from the Church all together. Others only participate when it is convenient and nothing else is on the calendar. This is unfortunate. God knows nothing of a Churchless Christianity.
Yet, the Church is triumphant as well. Souls are still being saved. Lives are still being changed. The Kingdom of God is still advancing. What we see and often describe as broken, God calls His Bride of Christ. The Church is Plan A and there is no Plan B. Jesus said, “I will build my Church…” So we can rest assured He will do so. Even more so, rather than doing it in spite of us, He does so through us! He lives in us, works on us, and loves others through us. We may seem like merely sinners. But, God calls us, Saints! Listen to this message introducing our study on the Book of 1 Corinthians. The series is “The Troubled and Triumphant Church” and the message is “Called to Be Saints.” I hope you enjoy the message.
“Many Christians have unwittingly embraced the idea that “church” is a once-a-week event rather than a community of Spirit-empowered people; that “ministry” is what pastors do on Sundays rather than the 24/7 calling of all believers; and that “discipleship” is a program rather than the normal state of every follower of Jesus.”
Do you have beautiful feet? That’s an interesting question, isn’t it? The Bible tells us who has beautiful feet! Romans 10:15 reads “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” In this series of messages (starting here), we have learned that God calls us unto Himself for salvation and sends us out as missionaries. Being missional or “living sent” is more than doing good deeds or serving people. It is much, much more! The goal of missional living is to make disciples. It is not just social justice, its introducing people to the Savior Jesus. God works through us so that lost people are saved, saved people are sanctified, and all believers are sent on mission armed with the gospel for the glory of God! Listen it and learn the five steps necessary for anyone to be saved and be sure you know the essential elements of the gospel.
We Are Sent to Proclaim the Gospel
Main Idea: As missional believers, God sends us to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.–Romans 10:13
Five Steps are Necessary for Anyone to be Saved.
Someone is sent.
Someone is sent to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Someone is sent to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that others can hear.
Someone is sent to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that others can hear and come to believe.
Someone is sent to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that others can hear, come to believe, and call on the Lord for salvation.
CONCLUSION: We are the ones who are sent to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that others can hear, come to believe, and call on the Lord for salvation. Let’s live sent for the glory of God!
Romans 10:13–17 (ESV)
13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
What are the essential elements of the Gospel?
God is both our sovereign Creator and our righteous Judge.
You alone are the Lord. You have made the heavens, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them and the heavenly host bows down before You (Neh 9:6).
Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with equity (Ps 98:9).
God therefore has the right of ownership over us by virtue of creating us, and he has the right to punish or reward us by virtue of his royal, judicial office. And because God is both our Creator and Judge, we are doubly accountable to Him for all our behavior – word, thought, and deed.
Man was created by God, in God’s image, to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. But man sinned against God by disobeying His holy law. Man therefore separated himself from God’s holy and satisfying presence, and incurred His wrathful displeasure.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Gen 1:27).
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Rom 1:18).
Jesus Christ’s death was the substitute payment for the penalty that we deserved for our sin. His death is God’s only provision for the forgiveness of man’s sin and the appeasement of God’s wrath against him.
All we like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him (Isa 53:6).
He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him (John 3:36).
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
We are called to respond to this good news in repentance and belief – turning away from our sin and self-sufficiency toward God, and trusting in the shed blood of Jesus Christ as the substitute penalty that we deserved for our sin.
The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel (Mark 1:15).
Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem (Luke 24:46-47).
In Matthew 4:19, Jesus says, “Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Being a disciple is more than the transfer of information. Be discipled is experiencing transformation through following Christ in such a way that leads to the application of making other disciples. If at the end of our journey, we look behind us and no one is walking with Jesus and making disciples we have failed at the Great Commission of making disciples. But, how practically are we to live every day of our life with a missionary mindset? What will be expected of us if we embrace missional living? In this message, we look at the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:30-37 and learn how to live missionally in practice![…]
God Sends Us to Live Missionally
Living missionally means to fulfill our call as local missionaries.
As we live our lives daily, we see people all around us. Many of those will have specific needs.
In every encounter, as we see those around us in need, we will be forced to ask to answerable questions:
Two Answerable Questions:
If I stop, what will happen to me?
If I don’t stop, what will happen to them?
To live missionally means:
We will see people, not problems.
We will stop and help people rather than make excuses.
We will be inconvenienced by people.
We will get to know people personally.
We will spend money on people.
Good deeds brings good will which leads to being able to share the good news. Who will you serve today? Will you pray that God places your neighbor in your path today?