Nik started our series last week with superheroesHe asked the question:Do you see yourself as the main character on the stage in a play about the story of your life?Or, to put it another way, are you a bit part player in God’s big story of Creation, Fall, Redemption and Glorification?In this series we are again looking at what it means to love God, to follow Jesus and to put him first in every area of life.The reason for doing this is so we can better glorify God, which is ultimately our purpose in life.And it is in glorifying God, that we find the path to experiencing the joy of the Lord … which is something Jesus promised to anyone who follows him.Or, as John Piper put it, God is most gloried in us when we are most satisfied in him.
Take a few minutes to introduce yourself to somebody close to you … preferably somebody you don’t know.If it is somebody you already know, see if you can share more of yourself than you have done previously.You have two minutes – and then we will change over.
Following Jesus is about all of life … being a Christian is not some nice extra religious activity that you fit into your spare time, like some sort of hobby.Loving God comes ahead of finding your soul mate, sorting out your career, working on a marriage, raising a family, fulfilling your dreams or planning for your retirementIn fact, all of these other things can only really make sense if
According to the first book in the Bible, Genesis when humanity was created by God we experienced AcceptanceSecurity SignificanceAll of these things were lost when we rebelledSince then we have experiencedRejectionFearLack of purposeIN Christ all of these are restoredWhen I became a Christian aged 19 it was the followed by the hardest 12 months of my life and the since then, There has been glory, joy and the best years and the biggest chanllenges + a faithful God.
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You are not the Hero!Jesus FirstFor God’s glory …… His pleasure …… and our joy.“God is most glorified inus when we are mostsatisfied in him.” John Piper
Jesus First[2/9] ‘Who are You?’Genesis 1:27 God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Who are you?• Your Name?• Your Gender and sexuality?• Your history and experiences?• Your occupation and activities?• Your relationships and responsibilities
You are …• A person … a human being• A child of God … a follower of Jesus
Ephesians 4: 11-13So Christ himself gave the apostles, theprophets, the evangelists, the pastors andteachers, 12 to equip his people for works ofservice, so that the body of Christ may be builtup 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and inthe knowledge of the Son of God and becomemature, attaining to the whole measure of thefullness of Christ.
Ephesians 4: 14-16Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back andforth by the waves, and blown here and there byevery wind of teaching and by the cunning andcraftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will growto become in every respect the mature body ofhim who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From himthe whole body, joined and held together by everysupporting ligament, grows and buildsitself up in love, as each part does its work.
Growing up into the fullness of Christ Who you are in Christ Worship as all of life How we are together Where we are going
Matthew 6: 31-34So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or“What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?”32 For the pagans run after all these things, andyour heavenly Father knows that you needthem. 33 But seek first his kingdom and hisrighteousness, and all these things will be givento you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry abouttomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.Each day has enough trouble of its own.
You are a child of God• In Christ you are accepted• In Christ you are secure• In Christ you are significant
2 Corinthians 15: 17-20Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the newcreation has come: the old has gone, the new ishere! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us tohimself through Christ and gave us the ministryof reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling theworld to himself in Christ, not counting people’ssins against them. And he has committed to usthe message of reconciliation. 20 We aretherefore Christ’s ambassadors, as thoughGod were making his appeal through us.