“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging...Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. (Matthew 7:1, 3-5 MSG)
BECOMING GOSPEL CENTERED
The Church exists both through the gospel and for the gospel.
The gospel is a word; so the church must be word-centered.
The gospel is a missional word; so the church must be mission-centered.
The gospel is people focused; it creates the Church and the Church is a family that is community-centered.
We the Church are to be gospel centered.
WHAT is the gospel? Simply, the gospel of grace: Sinner saved by Jesus works and not your works for relationship with God.
MAKING IT REAL- Principles Applied- Becoming Gospel Centered:
YOUR GOAL IS TO FOCUS ON THE FOLLOWING OVER THE NEXT 1-2 WEEKS
In our time together opening up this passage we find Jesus giving us a simple guide to life. We found we are designed to live, experience life and not to be held captive by the epidemic of judgement of others. Jesus revealed that the gospel is not forceful and anytime it has become such it has been tainted. Our view of God is shifted as it is revealed that He is more willing to give what we actually need than we are to seek, find out and ask for what it is that we truly need. Jesus then challenges us to live a radically different way in our where we are actively loving people and doing for them what we wished they would do for us. In the final teaching, Jesus brings us back to the gospel saying I am blazing a narrow path to life. I will give myself up to open the gate for you, now follow me.
Being word-centered, mission-centered and people focused/community-centered:
Spend time in the following scriptures. Ask yourself, "How am I to apply my life to match these scriptures?"
Our focus text: Matthew 7:1-14
Old Testament scripts: Deuteronomy 30: 15-20; Proverbs 16:1-2; Jeremiah 21:8; Isaiah 53:1-12
Jesus' teaching in action & his response to his disciples: John 8:1-11 & Luke 9:51-56(note, this is after the teaching of not judging)
Some New Testament readings for you: Romans 14:1-12; James 1:19-27 and chpt 4; 1 John 3:11-24
Answer this Leading Question: What, if anything, do these passages convict you to pray about? Do these scriptures reveal anything you need right now? Spend some time talking to God, ask Him for what you need.
-1st, Wash Your Own Face: Over the next week, everytime you pick up the gavel, hear a crack, crack crack followed by a ringing out of, "court is in session," by the imaginary bailiff. STOP. Everytime you say or think something like, "I can't believe/did you see/how dare...he/she/they/them/you/thou...," (you know what we are getting at) stop yourself and instead change the word to "I." Give it time and see what happens with your thoughts, your heart and the way you see people.
“When you judge someone you have no time to love them.” ― Mother Theresa
-2nd, Do For Others-the Golden Rule in Action: Choose to serve someone in your workplace this week. Your desire and hope is to help someone the way you wished to be helped. What do you wish your boss or co-worker would do for you? Go and do that thing for them. Share how this plays out with someone else. (If you don't have a job, apply this in your home at your school or with your neighbor)
People focused, community-centered
Living in community:
Asking For What You Need-get coffee with someone and share about the above things. Ask for prayer and for help in needed areas and share what steps God wants you to take, commit before God with that person to move in the direction God has made clear, and ask for the other person to hold you accountable to travel your God given path.
-Men: Coffee, Bacon and Eggs on Saturday @ 9am
-Women: You are encouraged to setup a time to get together.
To help us wrestle with God's Word and engage as a community, answer these questions prior to the next Saturday evening worship gathering.
Making It Real
This application piece is a follow-up to each Saturday evening sermon. We typically discuss assignments at the Missional Community Gatherings.