Of First Importance II Slides, 5/13/12Presentation Transcript
For I delivered to you as offirst importance what I alsoreceived: that Christ diedfor our sins in accordancewith the Scriptures, that hewas buried, that he wasraised on the third day inaccordance with theScriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (ESV)
From 2 Weeks Ago: 1. From Tradition and Trends to Timeless Truth 2. From Law to Grace 3. From Christendom to Christ 4. From being religious to being real
Last Week from Pastor Ed Eternal vs Temporal • Abraham • Dietrich Bonhoeffer • Jonathan Edwards “I must live with eternity stamped on my eyeballs.”
From Isolated to Incarnated Become more like Jesus. He became human and changed for us. What do we need to change? Incarnate the gospel. Do what you are doing with the mission in mind.
Institutional to Relational It’s ironic that we’ll spend $2000.00 going on a foreign missions trip when we don’t even know our next-door neighbor’s name and what they might have gone through this week.
From Exclusive to Inclusive Casting Crowns: “Jesus, Friend of Sinners”
From Consumers to Producers • The problem is not with the people. The harvest is ripe. • We need to train disciples and not consumers
From Entertainment to Empowerment And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8 He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff - no bread, no bag, no money in their belts - but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.
From Entertainment to Empowerment • Jesus brought the church IN (to Him) so He could send them OUT! • We’re to build each other UP, so we can point them at HIM! • Christians who focus on ENTERTAINMENT end up looking like the crowd, so the crowd doesn’t believe them when they talk about Him!
From Entertainment to Empowerment And he said to them, “Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.”
From Entertainment to Empowerment So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them. Mark 6:7-13 (ESV)
From Addition to Multiplication Most people overestimate what they can do in a year, but underestimate what they can accomplish in ten.