Faith Journeys pt2

Acts 17.1-34

  1. Employ Strategic Simplicity (13-14) 
  2. Navigate Basic Challenges
    1. Process Conflict Well (15.36-41)
    2. Work for Social Justice, but Live the Gospel (16.35-40)
    3. Reject Demagoguery (Media & Manipulations) (17.1-9) 
    4. Cultivate a Noble Heart & Mind (17.10-15) (Not Trust Issues and Skepticism)

Faith Journeys

Acts 14.8-28

  1. Employ Strategic Simplicity (13-14) 
  2. Navigate Basic Challenges
    1. Process Conflict Well (15.36-41)
    2. Work for Social Justice, but Live the Gospel (16.35-40)
    3. Reject Demagoguery (Media & Manipulations) (17.1-9) 
  3. Get Challenged with God’s Bottom Line

Transitions

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Lessons from the Jerusalem Council

  1. Summon Courage for Apostolic, Pioneering Leadership - Acts 11.19-22; Acts 15.1-11 (Peter)
  2. Find Evangelistic, Enthusiastic Salesmen & Implementers - Acts 11.23-26; Acts 13-14; Acts 15.12 (Paul and Barnabas)
  3. Judge with Prophetic Discernment - Acts 15.13-19 (James)
  4. Temper Things with Sincere Pastoral Care - Acts 15.20-29 (The Elders and Apostles) (Things Take Time!)
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Thanksgiving

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Cultivate the Fear of the Lord

  1. Define What Thanksgiving Is (1 Cor. 1.1-9)
  2. Admit the Obvious Problem (Rom. 1.21)
  3. Establish the Proper Goal (2 Cor. 11.3)
  4. Take a First Step (Phil. 4.4-8; 1 Chron. 16.34; 1 Thess. 5.18)

Floodgates of Grace pt2

Acts 11.1-26

Rules and Righteousness
1.  Why are we so quick to rake people over the coals? (1-3)
2.  What is our one defense against critical spirits? (4-7)
3.  What was Peter’s biggest hurdle to overcome? (8-10)
4.  How do we move from law to grace? (11-18)
5.  Once the floodgates are opened, what do we need? (22-26)

Opening the Floodgates of Grace

Acts 10.9-43

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  • Question 1: Is a healthy fire there?
    • Am I hungry? (9-16)
    • Can I welcome a stranger? (17-23)
    • Can I push through false guilt? (24-29)
  • Question 2: Can I get over myself & change?
    • Will I step out of the boat of my worldview? (30-35)
    • Do I practice the simplicity of the Gospel? (36-43)
    • Can I stop making people jump through hoops? (44-49)
    • Can I overcome the false scruples of my own conscience? (11.1-18)

Conversion: How to Save a Soul

Acts 9.1-22

Meta Question: Can You Handle The Truth?

  • What is really driving my ambitious passion? (9.1-2)
  • Who do I really feel like I have most hurt ? (9.4)
  • Can I get an intervention from a courageous bystander? (9.10-15; 26-27)
  • Am I patient with people in God’s “prophetic gap”? (9.29-30)
  • How much have I grown in imitating God’s gracious heart ? (26.12-18)
  • Have I boiled my faith walk down to the core issues for me? (9.15-16)

Being an Agent of Change

Acts 7.54-8.25

Lessons the Early Church Learned:

  • A.  Master the Message (Acts 3.12-21; 4.5-12)
  • B.  Keep the Mission Paramount (Acts 4.32-5.11)
  • C.  Speak Truth to Power (Acts 5.29-39)
  • D.  Create Forms That Facilitate Function (Acts 6.1-8)
  • E.  Internalize the Gospel (Acts 7.54-60)
    • 1. Gain a correct view of Jesus (54-56)
    • 2. Stop trying to control results (57-59a)
    • 3. Focus on your union with Jesus (59b)
    • 4. Master the art of forgiveness (60)
  • F.  Commit to the Process, not the Results You See in Other People (John 6.26-41; 59-71)
  • G. Lead Your Heart to:
    • 1. Accept Loss (8.1-3)
    • 2. Embrace Change (8.4-25)

The Church: Mission Impossible pt3

Acts 7.44-8.1

  • A.  Master the Basic Message
  • B.  Keep the Mission Paramount
  • C.  Speak Truth to Power
  • D.  Create Forms That Facilitate Function
    • The Deacons were the first “form” the Apostles created

    • Simple forms allow us to keep our focus where it needs to be

    • Human nature flips it and puts form over function, thus killing power and efficiency.

    • Think in Terms of Identity, Function, and Form.

    • When Deacons were established, the organism added an organizational element

 

Some Food For Thought...

  • What if God's "righteous anger" was not what most think it is?
  • What if "forgiveness" was not quite what you think it is?
  • What if fulfilling our mission as a church had a lot more to do with processing anger and unforgiveness well than we want to admit it does?
  • What if we admitted that our entire culture is steeped in anger and unforgiveness?
  • What if we stopped imitating the culture and ditched our shallow attempts at righteous indignation?
  • What if we actually took the lead in defusing anger and mastering the art of forgiveness?
  • What if we stopped excusing our shortcomings in these areas?

 

  • E Internalize the Gospel (Acts 7.54-60)
  • Gain a correct view of Jesus (54-56)
  • Stop trying to control results (57-59a)
  • Focus on your union with Jesus (59b)
  • Master the art of forgiveness (60)

The Church: Mission Impossible pt2

John 6:26-41, 6:59-71

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  • A. Master the Basic Message (Acts 3.12-21; 4.5-12)
    • We must own what we did to Jesus (3.12-15)
    • We must give Jesus the credit (3.15-16)
    • We must be gracious and understanding (3.17-18)
    • We must emphasize repentance (3.19)
    • We must point people to the future Kingdom & judgment (3.20-21)
    • We must not be intimidated (4.5-10)
    • We must emphasize that Jesus is THE Way (4.11-12)
  • B. Keep the Mission Paramount (Acts 4.32-5.11)
    • Keep unity of heart and soul with each other (4.32)
    • Emphasize God’s grace and the resurrection of Christ (4.33)
    • Meet each other’s needs.  It’s a powerful testimony! (4.34-37)
    • Stop playing games.  This really is life and death! (5.1-11)
    • Lessons learned from Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5.1-11)
    • Duplicity kills. Sometimes literally
    • The mission of the church is paramount.  It can be life or death
    • We must integrate both a missional and a therapeutic approach
    • But as long as we are on earth, the mission is paramount.
    • GET BACK IN THE GAME
    • Integrating Missional and Therapeutic (Mission versus relationship
  • C.  Speak Truth to Power (Acts 5.29-39)
    • Keep God first (5.29)
    • Be bold, but focus on the essentials (5.30-32)
    • Don’t expect the powerful to like you (5.33)
    • Pray for a Gamaliel in positions of influence (5.34-39)
    • What can we learn from Gamaliel?
  • D.  Create Forms That Facilitate Function (Acts 6.1-8)