Adapted from the sermon “2011 an FCC Odyssey” presented 1/8/12 by Chuck Foreman a First Christian Church of Phoenix
Jesus left us a lot of great teachings, but only 2 commands:
- Love one another (John 13:34-35)
- Make disciples of all peoples (Matthew 28:19-20)
Our goals as Christians are to help people find Christ and teach them how to follow Him, obey Him and become real-life disciples to see real change in our lives, churches, communities and nation.
A Disciples Life Experience happens in 3 areas:
HEAD – Committed to following Christ (lifestyle): Romans 12:1-2; Luke 9:23;
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. ~James 1:22
HEART – Committed to being changed by Christ (attitude): John 13:35; Philippians 2:5-8
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ~Galatians 5:22-23
HANDS – Committed to the Mission of Christ (service/ministry): Matthew 4:19; John 15:8; Corinthians 5:19-20
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.~Ephesians 2:10
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…~Ephesians 4:11-12
The Word of God and the Power of the Holy Spirit are the only things that bring real life change to anyone — or any church!
We must be sensitive to God’s leading and open to change when it seems right.
Learning to travel with God and His People is an adventurous journey — like an odyssey. Let’s live 2012 with WWJD? attitude as true Disciples of Christ
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