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Next Steps: One Foot in Front of the Other

Introducing: Christian Fellowship Church Dale Beaver 08/05/2018 Watch Listen Notes

August 4, 1974

 

Ephesians 4:11-16
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

 

Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 

We Glorify God by Making Disciples of All People

 

Psalm 57:5
Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens!
May your glory shine over all the earth.

 

Core Values
The Bible is the Word of God

 

2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

 

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

 

Core Values
The Bible is the Word of God
We are called to make disciples

 

Core Values
The Bible is the Word of God
We are called to make disciples
Prayer

 

John 15:5
Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

 

Core Values
The Bible is the Word of God
We are called to make disciples
Prayer
On Mission to the World

 

Core Values
The Bible is the Word of God
We are called to make disciples
Prayer
On Mission to the World
Children and Students

 

Core Values
The Bible is the Word of God
We are called to make disciples
Prayer
On Mission to the World
Children and Students
Regular Corporate Worship

 

Hebrews 10:24-25
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

 

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Church Membership Dale Beaver 08/12/2018 Watch Listen Notes

The church is the flock of Christ.

Acts 20:16-17
Paul had decided to sail on past Ephesus, for he didn’t want to spend any more time in the province of Asia. He was hurrying to get to Jerusalem, if possible, in time for the Festival of Pentecost. But when we landed at Miletus, he sent a message to the elders of the church at Ephesus, asking them to come and meet him.

 

Acts 20:28-31
“So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders. I know that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock. Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following. Watch out! Remember the three years I was with you—my constant watch and care over you night and day, and my many tears for you.”

 

The ambition of man is the mother of all heresies. Pure handling of the Scripture aims to give Christ the preeminence, and people cannot appropriate anything for themselves without detracting from the glory of Christ. It follows that those who try to promote their own glory are corrupters of sound doctrine. 
-John Calvin on Acts 20:28-31

 

Titus 1:9
He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.

 

The church is the body of Christ.

 

1 Corinthians 12:12-13
The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

 

Members are different in function not foundation.

 

Romans 12:3-5
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

 

A diversity of membership is essential to the health of a body.

 

1 Corinthians 12:14-21
Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

 

Church membership is distinct, unique and biblical.

 

Ephesians 5:29-32
No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. And we are members of his body. As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.

 

 

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Beginning to End) - One Sonic Society

In Christ Alone - Passion

Living Hope - Phil Wickham

The Stand - HIllsong

Here & Now - Eddie Kirkland/North Point

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Following Jesus with Intention Dale Beaver 08/19/2018 Watch Listen Notes

Our Principles for Discipleship
We will be intentional.
We will be relational.

 

The invitation to be a follower of Jesus is deliberate.

 

Matthew 4:19
Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”

 

Matthew 9:9
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.

 

Mark 8:34
Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.”

 

John 1:43
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.”

 

John 21:22
Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”

 

Intentional: To be done with purpose; deliberate.

 

The outcomes of discipleship are attained with intention.

 

Luke 6:40
Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.

 

We will help disciples fill their minds with Truth

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We will help disciples fuel their affection for God

We will help disciples share God’s love by being a witness in their world

We will help disciples demonstrate God’s love as a member of CFC

We will help disciples spread His glory among all people

We will help disciples make disciples of a few

 

 

Music

Shelter - Carrollton

Glorious Day - Passion

Who You Say I Am - Hillsong

Great Is Thy Faithfulness - Austin Stone

Build My Life - Passion

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Following Jesus with Community Dale Beaver 08/26/2018 Watch Listen Notes

John 15:9-17
I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other.

 

Our style of discipleship is Relational

 

John 15:9-12
I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

 

Our style of discipleship is Personal

 

John 15:12-15
This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.

 

Our style of discipleship is Reproducible

 

John 15: 16-17
You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other.

 

Genesis 1:26-28a
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” So God created human beings in his own image.  In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.”

 

Ephesians 1:4-5
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

 

 

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