|Truth and Affection||Dale Beaver||02/05/2017||Watch||Listen||Notes
What affections are raised when we fill our minds with truth?
1. A love for other believers
The Scriptures do represent true religion, as being summarily comprehended in love, the chief of the affections, and fountain of all other affections. So our blessed Savior represents the matter, in answer to the lawyer, who asked him, which was the great commandment of the law: ‘Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’
-J. Edwards, Religious Affections
1 John 3:19-21
Satan knows your sin and calls you by it. God knows your sin but calls you by your name.
1 John 3:22-24
1 John 5:20-21
How will I fill my mind with truth?
1. Find a Bible reading plan. Daily? Weekly?
How will I fuel my affections for God?
1. How will I incorporate worship into the daily activities of my life? Times for music as well as devotion and gratitude.
|Sharing God's Love||Dale Beaver||02/12/2017||Watch||Listen||Notes
16While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city. 17He went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and he spoke daily in the public square to all who happened to be there.
22So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: “Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, 23for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about.”
People need a personal savior
25Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. 26Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 27The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself. 28But Paul shouted to him, “Stop! Don’t kill yourself! We are all here!” 29The jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” 32And they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who lived in his household.
People need a proven Messiah
1Paul and Silas then traveled through the towns of Amphipolis and Apollonia and came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2As was Paul’s custom, he went to the synagogue service, and for three Sabbaths in a row he used the Scriptures to reason with the people. 3He explained the prophecies and proved that the Messiah must suffer and rise from the dead. He said, “This Jesus I’m telling you about is the Messiah.” 4Some of the Jews who listened were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, along with many God-fearing Greek men and quite a few prominent women.
24He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. 26From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.
27His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. 28For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ 29And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.
20For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. 21Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.
Preach the gospel. It’s always necessary to use words.
30God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. 31For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.
How will I share God’s love as a witness in the world?
1. Who are the “people of Evansville” in your life? Ask God to give you some names. Start asking God to draw them to salvation and use you to do it.
2. As you fill your mind with truth, what biblical content is God equipping you with to use for this purpose? As you respond with a heart moved by truth, how can this begin in the context of where you live, work, and go to school?
3. Get familiar with the basics:
What have you learned about God’s character?
John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9
What have you learned about the character of man?
Romans 1:20; Romans 3:10-18, 23a
What have you learned about Christ’s provision?
Romans 6:23b; Romans 5:8
What have you learned about responding to Christ?
Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-9
|Spreading God's Glory||Dale Beaver||02/19/2017||Watch||Listen||Notes
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, 16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.
1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. 2 Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.
14 For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the Lord.
4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
9 After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. 10 And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. 12 They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
How will I spread God’s glory among all people?
1. I will pray for God’s glory to cover the earth.
Devote time praying Psalm 67.
A May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us.
Visit onlinecfc.com/global-outreach to learn about and pray for an entire group of unreached people.
2. I will give to spread God’s glory to the nations.
A In what ways can I give to support this purpose?
3. I will go to the nations and spread God’s glory.
Explore onlinecfc.com/missions and learn more about our work with short-term teams.
Is the Lord leading you for a longer-term commitment?
|Making Disciples of a Few||Dale Beaver||02/26/2017||Watch||Listen||Notes
2 Timothy 2:1-2
The mission isn’t merely individual growth, but growth that moves toward multiplication.
1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
The mainspring of Paul's service is not love for men, but love for Jesus Christ. If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and broken-hearted, for we shall often meet with more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love to God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men.
How will I make disciple makers among a few?
As you practice the intentional outcomes, consider 2-3 people in your relational scope you could invite to join you.
We help people to:
· Fill their minds with Truth
· Fuel their affection for God
· Share God’s love by being a witness in their world
· Demonstrate God’s love as a member of CFC
· Spread His glory among all people
· Make disciple makers of a few
Where is clear obedience being demonstrated in their lives where it had not before? You might refer back through this sermon series to put a plan in place for doing so.
In what ways can you make disciple-makers by asking “Imitate me?”
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