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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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 →

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 →

MESSAGE NOTES: House of Prayer 02

I        INTRODUCTION

Matthew 21:13 (NIV) – “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.

A)   God has called us to be a house of prayer. He didn’t say a house of worship, or a house of evangelism, or a house of fellowship (althrough these things are important) but a house of prayer

B)   If we are corporately going to be a House of Prayer we need to allow the Lord to make us individual Houses of Prayer.

C)   If you missed Melissa Medina’s message from last week I encourage you to listen to the MP3. Continue reading →

MESSAGE NOTES: Deep Calls 04

#4 – IS THERE NOT A CAUSE

I        FIRST FRUITS 2018 OFFERING

Proverbs 3:9-10 (Passion) – Glorify God with all your wealth, honouring him with your very best (or first fruits), with every increase that comes to you. Then every dimension of your life will overflow with blessings from an uncontainable source of inner joy.

A)   One of our practices here at Toronto City Church is to bring a special offering to the Lord at the beginning of of the year – we call it our ‘First Fruits’ Offering. We will be taking this up today.

1)    This offering is an expression of our love for God

2)    This offering is an expression of our commitment to God

3)    This offering is an expression of our dependence on God

4)    This offering is an expression of our faith in God

2 Cor 9:6-8 (Passion) – Here’s my point. A stingy sower will reap a meager harvest, but the one who sows from a generous spirit will reap an abundant harvest. Let giving flow from your heart, not from a sense of religious duty. Let it spring up freely from the joy of giving – all because God loves hilarious generosity! Yes God is more than ready to overwhelm you with every form of grace, so that you will have more than enough of everything – every moment in every way. He will make you overflow with abundance in every good thing you do.

B)   I want to encourage and call every member of the TCC Family to obey God regarding sowing into this First Fruits Offering. Continue reading →