Talking about putting Jesus first using the language of rope makingFirst Fibre – twist it to make Yarn You are an individual – when you put Jesus first you strengthen yourselfPraying, Understanding God, trusting the Holy Spirit to lead you, stepping out in faithTwist Yarn together to make TwinePrayer triplets, Discipleship groupsTwist Twine together and you make CordsSmall groups of up to 12 peopleTwist Cords together to make RopeA church body, strengthened as it acts togetherThis thing works because of faith in God and faith in one another
Last few weeks we have been looking at what characterizes Gospel Communities ie the Church- They Worship They belong Together They Witness
Twisting our lives in one dierectionActs 2:42 Gospel communities: Follow Jesus Worship Are Family Witness thru love
A new definition of love … love that lays down its life…
But not only for friends … love that goes the second mile
IndividualismTo be fair these are all by products of a healthy churchBut if you go after these it is likeWe’re here to help each other to grow up in God, to grow and act in faith
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YOU are a ‘child of God’ AND a member of His ‘family’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 [9/10] – 4th November 2012 ‘It’s not about Therapy, Networking or Programmes’
Growing up into Christ… Follow Jesus In all you do Love one another Reach out and care
Galatians 6: 1-10Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in asin, you who live by the Spirit should restore thatperson gently. But watch yourselves, or you alsomay be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens,and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.3 If anyone thinks they are something when theyare not, they deceive themselves.
Galatians 6: 4-64 Each one should test their own actions. Thenthey can take pride in themselves alone, withoutcomparing themselves to someone else, 5 foreach one should carry their own load.6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instructionin the word should share all good things withtheir instructor.
Galatians 6: 7-10Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows toplease their flesh, from the flesh will reapdestruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit,from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us notbecome weary in doing good, for at the propertime we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us dogood to all people, especially to those whobelong to the family of believers.
John 13: 34-35‘A new command I give you: love one another.As I have loved you, so you must love oneanother. 35 By this everyone will know that youare my disciples, if you love one another.’
Matthew 5: 43-48‘You have heard that it was said, “Love yourneighbour and hate your enemy.” 44 But I tellyou, love your enemies and pray for those whopersecute you, 45 that you may be children ofyour Father in heaven. …46 If you love thosewho love you, what reward will you get?Are not even the tax collectors doing that?47 And if you greet only your own people, whatare you doing more than others? Do not evenpagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as yourheavenly Father is perfect.
Community DistortionsIt’s not about Therapy – ‘Fix me’It’s not about Networking – ‘Help me’It’s not about Programmes – ‘Feed me’