Sunday, August 30, 2015

Basic Training 10: Loving the Unlovable

 Loving the Unlovable
 1 John 4:7-12

I. Love Comes From God

A. He is creator of the capacity for love
4:7 for love comes from God
3:1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God

B. He is the model of sacrificial love
4:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.

C. He brings perfect love:
- completes us 4:12 - God lives in us and his love is made complete in us
- conquers our fear 4:18 - There is no fear in love, perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

II. Love and Command of God

A. Love one another as a command
3:11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
4:21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother

B. Love because God loves us
4:11 Dear friends, since God so love us, we also ought to love one another

C. Love maintains our relationship with God
4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

D. We rely upon His love

4:16 And so we know and rely upon the love God has for us

III. Loving Difficult People

A. Learning the Appropriate Distance 

B. Intervening with the Truth 
3:18 Dear children, let us love not with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

C. Involvement on Healthy Levels 

D. Prepare to Love Unconditionally 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Basic Training - Praying For Your Most Pressing Needs - 8-9-2015

Basic Training - Praying For Your Most Pressing Needs
Sermon Text: Luke 18:1-8

I. A Parable on Prayer
A. How we ought to pray - at all times
B. How we ought to believe - not lose heart

II. The Example of the Unrighteous Judge
A. He did not fear God
B. He did not care for man
C. Yet he responded to the widow's persistence

III.  The Righteous God
A. God is Just, Righteous, and Compassionate
B. He Hears the cry of His people

IV. The Lessons
A. The Scope of Prayer is Comprehensive
B. The Focus of Prayer is Specific
C. The Urgency of Prayer is Pressing Need
D. The Timing of Prayer is Immediate
E. The Longevity of Prayer is Persistence

Conclusion: The Question - Will He Find Faith?

Basic Training: Following Christ to the Remote Parts of the World

Basic Training: Following Christ to the Remote Parts of the World
Acts 1:8

I. The Methodology of Mission
A. The Biblical Perspective
mission = ministry = service

B. The Biblical Process - from Acts 1:8
1. Power
2. Role
3. Placement

II. The Geographical Commission
A. A Broader Perspective
B. The Gospel Without Borders

III. A Personal Commitment
A.  All  In Service
B.  Every Person A Minister - Every Place A Ministry
C.  Start Here And Go There

Concluding Statements:
1. The Lord is at work among many people in many
2. The People of God are placed positionally in the world to proclaim the Good News
3. Following Jesus doesn't stop at the Church door
4. Every Person Every Where!