WALK AWAY FROM THE STAGE, June 21st, 2014 Gathering
Giving & Living w/o Applause
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
Jesus was the most giving person to ever exist. He gave himself so that we could live. Jesus showed that living and giving and dying without seeking applause can lead to eternal life for His people. If people would just believe in Him they would have life. He taught that if his people, His family would follow him not seeking applause that God's will would be done on Earth. It would lead to people being freed, becoming who they were created to be and experiencing life as they were meant to.
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 6:1-4
Old becoming New: Jeremiah 31:31-34 in conjunction with Ezekiel 36:25-27,
Old Testament scripts: Deuteronomy 15:11; Isaiah 58:2
Perfect example is Jesus: 2 Corinthians 8:9
& check out living as those made alive in Christ: Colossians Chapter 3 in its entirety.
Answer this Leading Question: How would you summarize the Matthew 6:1-4 passage in one sentence?
-1st, Allow God to become missional in your life by prayerfully asking God to convict you and show you what your next step is to allow the Holy Spirit to change you from old to new in the way you view giving and living. Ask God to reveal where you have been trying to place yourself on a stage seeking applause from others. Ask God to shift your heart and mind to desire and focus on the eternal instead of being stage centered. Ask God to be rooted in His love, grace, mercy and forgiveness. If God, prompts you to act in your personal relationships, then choose to follow that leading.
-2nd, We all have someone in our lives that needs our help. The gift that we give will be different from person to person. Identify someone in your life that needs a gift from you. Seek God and counsel from friends on the gift that could benefit them most. Then offer the gift knowing that God has called you to give it.
Answer the Leading Question: 5) Does this passage cause you to pray? About what?
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.