MESSAGE NOTES: Surrendered

#2 – LOOK TO THE THRONE

I       INTRODUCTION

A)  I want to teach today on a key principle for life as a Christian and in the Kingdom of God – embracing the Lordship of Jesus in our lives

B)  This principle is foundational – everything else is built upon this. When we get this right we have a solid foundation for everything else. If we don’t get this right… things may look good but we won’t stand the test of time.

II      LORDSHIP 101

Romans 10:9 (NIV) – If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

A)  Many of us subconsciously put savior in here – It doesn’t say confess Jesus as savior but as Lord

B)  Lord = the Greek word Kurios which means “master, owner, supreme in authority”

C)  Savior is found 36 times in the Bible. Lord is found 7,800 times.

D)  Savior is good but it is focused on what Jesus does for us. Lordship is about giving our lives to Him.

E)  Many people have received Jesus as their savior but not as their Lord – they have received the gift of salvation but have not given their lives to Him.

F)   Good question: is Jesus your Lord or is he just your savior?

III   HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER JESUS IN MY LORD OR NOT?

Luke 6:46 (NIV) –  “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 

A)  The answer is very simple: Lordship = Obedience

B)  Every area of my life where I’m walking in obedience to Him is an area where He is Lord. Every area where I am not then He is not.

C)  There is a clear danger we all must guard against – and that is calling Him Lord but not doing what He says

Matthew 21:28-31 (NIV) – 28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ 29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. 30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. 31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered.

D)  “Your actions are speaking so loudly I can’t hear what you are saying”

E)  Jesus needs to be our Lord. He is our Lord in every area where we obey.

IV   WHY DOES THIS MATTER SO MUCH?

A)  Everything that God asks of us has purpose. We are called to the Lordship of Jesus because:

1)   Because He is God.

2)   Because He loves us and He is good… all the time. (Matt 7:11)

3)   Because He knows more than we do. (Job 38:1-7)

4)   Because When we do things God’s way we get God’s results – when we don’t then we don’t (Isaiah 55:8-9)

5)   Because true Lordship is the only foundation that will withstand storms. (Luke 6:46-49)

V    SOME GOOD QUESTIONS TO ASK OURSELVES:

A)  Have I received Jesus as my Lord or just as my savior?

B)  Am I actively seeking out His word and will in my life and seeking to obey it?

C)  Are there areas of my life where I am living in disobedience?

D)  Are there areas of my life where there is delayed obedience? – which is really just disobedience.

 

 

 

 

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#Food4Thought: They’re Growing, We’re Not + How to Quickly Lose Your Influence

I came across a couple really thought provoking posts today that I wanted to pass on:

The first is “They’re growing. We’re not. It’s time to listen”  by Graham Hill. :

While many statistics show the church in the West is in multi-generational decline, the opposite is true almost everywhere else.

Non-Western cultures and churches aren’t the minority any more: they are the majority.

The churches of the Majority World (sometimes called the Developing World) have seen extraordinary and sustained growth for decades. Places such as Africa, Asia and Latin America, Oceania and the Caribbean, the Middle East and eastern Europe, First Nations and Indigenous communities. Finally, immigrant Christian communities are also going through a time of growth and revitalisation. Insights from churches in these cultures can help renew the worldwide church. They can invigorate our churches, as we learn from each other. And they have the power to invest Western mission, worship and discipleship strategies with new vibrancy.

In 2016, I founded The Global Church Project so that we can listen and learn from non-Western Christian churches and leaders. I travelled the globe to meet and do filmed interviews with many hundreds of non-Western church leaders. The hundreds of filmed interviews and podcasts at TheGlobalChurchProject.com is their voice.

You can read the entire post here. Continue reading →

MESSAGE NOTES: Rescue Ship Christianity #4

#4 – EMBRACING YOUR EVANGELISTIC STYLE (PART 2)

I       INTRODUCTION

A)    We are focusing on RESCUE SHIP CHRISTIANITY

B)    Luke 19:9-10 (NIV) – 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

C)    Just as Jesus came to seek and save the lost… you and I are called to to seek and save the lost as well

D)   We reject a CRUISE SHIP mentality and we embrace a RESCUE SHIP mentality. Continue reading →

MESSAGE NOTES: Rescue Ship Christianity #3

#3 – EMBRACING YOUR EVANGELISTIC STYLE

I        INTRODUCTION

A)   We are focusing on RESCUE SHIP CHRISTIANITY

B)   Luke 19:9-10 (NIV) – 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

C)   Just as Jesus came to seek and save the lost… you and I are called to seek and save the lost as well

D)   We reject a CRUISE SHIP mentality and we embrace a RESCUE SHIP mentality Continue reading →

MESSAGE NOTES: Rescue Ship Christianity #2

A RESCUE SHIP MENTALITY

I        INTRODUCTION

A)   We are continuing our focus on RESCUE SHIP CHRISTIANITY

B)   Luke 19:9-10 (NIV) – 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

C)   Just as Jesus came to seek and save the lost… you and I are called to seek and save the lost as well

D)   We reject a CRUISE SHIP mentality and we embrace a RESCUE SHIP mentality

E)   Marine Law dictates that if someone is in distress you are bound by law to rescue them and if you don’t you are responsible for their demise. Continue reading →

General Booth’s Vision of the Lost

On Sunday at Toronto City Church as part of my message I read a large portion of General William Booth’s (Founder of the Salvation Army) “Vision of the Lost”. You can find it all over the internet but I still wanted to share it here. I believe it is a powerful picture and reminder of the importance of having a heart for people to come to know Jesus, and being prepared to do something about it:

On one of my recent journeys, as I gazed from the coach window, I was led into a train of thought concerning the condition of the multitudes around me. They were living carelessly in the most open and shameless rebellion against God, without a thought for their eternal welfare. As I looked out of the window, I seemed to see them all . . . millions of people all around me given up to their drink and their pleasure, their dancing and their music, their business and their anxieties, their politics and their troubles. Ignorant – willfully ignorant in many cases – and in other instances knowing all about the truth and not caring at all. But all of them, the whole mass of them, sweeping on and up in their blasphemies and devilries to the Throne of God. While my mind was thus engaged, I had a vision. Continue reading →

MESSAGE NOTES: Rescue Ship Christianity 01

JESUS MISSION, OUR COMMISSION

I       INTRODUCTION

A)    I want to talk to you about “Rescue Ship Christianity”

B)    READ: General Booth’s Vision

II     JESUS MISSION, OUR COMMISSION

A)    Let’s look at a number of verses that talk about the heart of Jesus for people Continue reading →