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Fall 2011   i will connect- oct 16  p js sermon slides (2) Fall 2011 i will connect- oct 16 p js sermon slides (2) Presentation Transcript

  • follow Jesus! Five Commitmentsthat Define a ChristianSunday mornings into November 2011
  • The Apostles’ CreedI believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
  • The Apostles’ CreedWho was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell.
  • The Apostles’ CreedThe third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
  • The Apostles’ CreedI believe in the Holy Spirit; the one holy church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
  • Luke 9:23Then he said to them all: “Ifanyone would come after me, hemust deny himself and take uphis cross daily and follow me.”
  • follow Jesus! Five Commitmentsthat Define a ChristianSunday mornings into November 2011
  • follow Jesus! iWill SEEK: passionatelypursuing God in all of life!
  • follow Jesus!iWill OBEY: joyfully submitting to God in all his directives,recognizing that He is Lord and I am not!
  • follow Jesus!iWill CONNECT: deliberately building accountable relationships with other followers of Jesus!
  • Doing Life Together September 2011
  • follow Jesus!iWill CONNECT: deliberately building accountable relationships with other followers of Jesus!
  • follow Jesus!Accountable relationship:A relationship in whichthe individuals involvedcall each other to give anaccount of their faith walkin Christ.
  • follow Jesus!“One of the greatest reasonsChristians get into trouble is thatthey don’t have to answer to anyonefor their lives. Ask around. You willlearn that very few have builtaccountability into their Christianlifestyle. It is the missing link ofChristianity.” (Patrick Morely)
  • follow Jesus!Ephesians 6:11Put on the whole armor of God, thatyou may be able to stand against theschemes of the devil. The battle is REAL!
  • follow Jesus!Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one maybe overpowered, two can defendthemselves. A cord of three strands isnot quickly broken. The battle is REAL!
  • follow Jesus!1 Peter 5:8Be self-controlled and alert. Yourenemy the devil prowls around like aroaring lion looking for someone todevour.Our Enemy is RELENTLESS!
  • follow Jesus!Matthew 26:41Watch and pray so that you will notfall into temptation. The spirit iswilling, but the body is weak. Our body is WEAK!
  • follow Jesus!Hebrews 3:13But encourage one another daily, aslong as it is called Today, so that noneof you may be hardened by sinsdeceitfulness. Sin is DECEITFUL!
  • follow Jesus!Accountable relationshipsMUST be practiced. Why?The battle is real!Our Enemy is relentless!Our body is weak!Sin is deceitful!
  • follow Jesus! How does a person build accountablerelationships?
  • Six Essentials of an follow Jesus! Accountable relationship:Face-to-face
  • follow Jesus!
  • follow Jesus! University of Stanford studyFor every hour on computer, smartphone, etc. – we lose½ hour of face- to-face interaction!
  • follow Jesus!
  • follow Jesus!“The media technologies weuse to communicate are designedfor speed and urgency - not forthoughtful reflection andundistracted conversation. They aredesigned, not to encourage depth inexisting relationships, but . . .
  • follow Jesus!. . . to widen our network andour ability to say less that is of realsubstance. Quick and impulsivereplies dominate the landscape;thoughtful, longer replies seem outof place and unnecessary.” (Tim Challies)
  • The communicationprocess involves far more than mere words!
  • Six Essentials of an follow Jesus! Accountable relationship:Face-to-faceRegularly scheduled
  • follow Jesus!Hebrews 3:13But encourage one another daily, aslong as it is called Today, so that noneof you may be hardened by sinsdeceitfulness.
  • follow Jesus!Hebrews 10:24-25And let us consider how we may spurone another on toward love and gooddeeds. 25 Let us not give up meetingtogether, as some are in the habit ofdoing, but let us encourage oneanother--and all the more as you seethe Day approaching.
  • follow Jesus!Hebrews 10:24-25And let us consider how we may spurone another on toward love and gooddeeds. 25 Let us not give up meetingtogether, as some are in the habit ofdoing, but let us encourage oneanother--and all the more as you seethe Day approaching.
  • Six Essentials of an follow Jesus! Accountable relationship:Face-to-faceRegularly scheduledInvolving God’s Word
  • follow Jesus!John 17:17Sanctify them by the truth; your wordis truth.
  • Six Essentials of an follow Jesus! Accountable relationship:Face-to-faceRegularly scheduledInvolving God’s WordEngaging beneath the veneer of life
  • We hide behind masks of veneer!Wood Veneer
  • Six Essentials of an follow Jesus! Accountable relationship:Face-to-faceRegularly scheduledInvolving God’s WordEngaging beneath the veneer of lifeNecessarily honest
  • follow Jesus!Ephesians 4:15Rather, speaking the truth inlove, we are to grow up in every wayinto him who is the head, into Christ.
  • Six Essentials of an follow Jesus! Accountable relationship:Face-to-faceRegularly scheduledInvolving God’s WordEngaging beneath the veneer of lifeNecessarily honestDeepening trust
  • follow Jesus!Proverbs 27:6Faithful are the wounds of a friend.
  • Six Essentials of an follow Jesus! Accountable relationship:Face-to-faceRegularly scheduledInvolving God’s WordEngaging beneath the veneer of lifeNecessarily honestDeepening trust
  • Six Essentials of an follow Jesus! Accountable relationship:Face-to-faceRegularly scheduledInvolving God’s WordEngaging beneath the veneer of lifeNecessarily honestDeepening trust
  • Drinking coffee stunts growth!
  • follow Jesus!If you are not practicing accountable relationships at some level … you will STUNT YOUR SPIRITUAL GROWTH!!!
  • follow Jesus!iWill CONNECT: deliberately building accountable relationships with other followers of Jesus!