Pastor Rick Henderson
October 23-24, 2021
QUESTION: What are you going to do with what you believe?
SERIES THESIS: When you BELIEVE the Gospel, you BECOME like the Gospel.
· Authority: I find joy in submitting to Jesus and his word.
o Who is in charge?
· Identity: I find joy in defining myself by what Jesus did, not in what I do.
o What is the story I’m telling myself about myself?
· Activity: I find joy in loving others the way Jesus loved me.
o What does love require of me?
The Gospel EQUALLY emphasizes love for GOD and love for OTHERS.
COLOSSIANS 3:1a,12-14 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ…Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.] And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
COLOSSIANS 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
2 TIMOTHY 2:10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
Before you WANTED God, he WANTED you.
COLOSSIANS 3:12, 14 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience… And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Everything we do for others is based on what he HAS DONE for us and IS DOING in us.
COLOSSIANS 3:9-10 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
- Compassion: deeply FEEL for people.
- Kindness: readiness to do GOOD for people.
- Humility: placing my life BELOW other people.
- Gentleness: helping people in such a way that they don’t feel CONDEMNED.
- Patience: choosing to go at another person’s SPEED.
For it is disgraceful when no Jew is a beggar and the impious Galileans [the name given by Julian to Christians] support our poor in addition to their own; everyone is able to see that our coreligionists are in want of aid from us. –Julian The Apostate (Roman Emperor 360 A.D.)
The activity of these people, in dealing with any matter that affects their community, is something extraordinary; they spare no trouble, no expense…You see, these misguided creatures start with the general conviction that they are immortal for all time, which explains the contempt of death and voluntary self-devotion which are so common among them; and then it was impressed on them by their original lawgiver that they are all brothers, from the moment that they are converted, and deny the gods of Greece, and worship the crucified sage, and live after his laws. –Lucian (2nd Century A.D.)
QUESTION: Why does following Jesus always lead to deeper community?
JOHN 17:20-23 My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
ANSWER: Ultimate REALITY is ultimately about RELATIONSHIPS.
The persons within God exalt each other, commune with each other, and defer to one another…Each divine person harbors the others at the center of his being. In constant movement of overture and acceptance, each person envelops and encircles the others…God’s interior life [therefore] overflows with regard for others.
BOTTOM LINE: Our faith is PERSONAL, but it’s not PRIVATE.