Sunday, November 18, 2018—Mike Teel, Pastor
FIRM FOUNDATION-OUR IDENTITY: Growing in Jesus
FOCAL PASSAGE: Matthew 16:13-17
WHY IS DISCIPLESHIP, “GROWING IN CHRIST” IMPORTANT?
· We live in perilous days. Matthew 7:15-20
WHAT IS DISCIPLESHIP?
When we get saved, become a true follower of Christ, there should be somewhere within us a desire to begin to learn how to follow Christ effectively.
A new creation... II Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
Consider Jesus’ Lord’s Prayer... John 17:15-21
Notice Sanctification is accomplished in the sphere of TRUTH, or in relationship to truth.
Truth (aletheia) is what is true under any circumstances. Where is truth to be found? It is found in God’s Word.
HOW CAN WE “GROW IN CHRIST”?
1. PLAN TO GROW
Growth begins with your PASSION
Growth comes from realizing we still live in a carnal (fleshly) body... Ephesians 4:21-24 (NLT)
2. PLAN OF GROWTH
Sanctification does not happen automatically.
Our plan of Growth tentatively will be designed along four or more areas of Growth: membership, maturity, ministry, missions, more. And will hopefully move our folks along this line: from community (unchurched) to membership (committed) from membership to leadership (core/commissioned) from leadership to staff (called).
We must have a plan to disciple “grow” if we plan to “grow” and produce disciples!
LIVE IT OUT
Sanctification “Growth” begins initially with a relationship and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Do you know for certain you have that PERSONAL relationship?
Sanctification also means belonging local to a New Testament Church. Why not join us today in our journey?
Begin to pray about being involved in this process of growth for our church. Pray for your staff as we develop this plan.