Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:27 & 33 NIV)
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
GOD IS A RELATIONAL GOD, from the beginning He has desired a relationship with His people! JESUS IS ALL about people and their relationships, that is why he came to the Earth.
God desires that His people, His creation be connected to Him. God desires his Church to be a giving, praying, and fasting community which finds its life in a state of living and breathing in harmony with God. A people full of faith in who God is, what He is doing, and that their Father will take care of them. A people who live life following the way of Jesus anchored to faith and trust in an ocean of anxieties and worries. Jesus gave his life so that we could live.
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 6:25-34
Old Testament scripts: Proverbs 12:25 & Psalm 139
Jesus helping others with worry/doubt/lack of faith: Matthew 8:23-27 & Matthew 11:1-30 & Matthew 14:22-36
Some New Testament readings for you: Philippians 4:6-7 & Hebrews Chpt. 11 & 1 Peter 5:7
Answer this Question: Do you find any promises/commands/warnings in these passages? And do you have any objections or questions regarding these passages?
-1st, Bring Worry to the Light: This falls in line with the leading question which asks what do you need to take to God. So, grab a beverage, paper and a pen. Sit and think about everything that causes you worry in your life and write it down. To the best of your abilities bring your worries to God and talk to him about them. & Share your worries with another via a phone call or face-to-face mtg.
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." Corrie Ten Boom
-2nd, Help Someone to Relieve Worries: Choose to serve someone in your workplace this week. You desire and hope is to help someone who has worries they are struggling with. Choose to invite them to share lunch with you or take a coffee break together. Spend time talking with them listening. Listen and see if you can tell what they are worried about. If it becomes clear see if they want to talk about in more depth. Share with them about this teaching of Jesus and what helps you when you worry. Be courageous and ask if you can pray with them there together or for them later and see what God does.
People focused, community-centered
Living in community:
-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.