Frank Viola is one of my favorite bloggers to read. As I scroll through, checking email, it never fails that one of Frank’s blog posts will appear. I will click on it and be immersed for the next few minutes reading.
I connected with Frank through Twitter and have been reading his blog ever since.
Recently, one of my favorite posts has been an interview with N.T. Wright.
Click this link to read the unedited interview:
If you like the interview, you will also enjoy his series Beyond Evangelical. You should read it.
The title of this sermon is Discipleship 101: Being Missional.
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Missional is a huge buzz word in the church today. A lot of people use the word without really knowing what it means.
FaithPoint Community Church is a missional church.
To be missional, you first must understand what missional means.
Missional is the way a church approaches people in culture.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23.
Paul had been rocked by Jesus. He had been changed and transformed. So have you.
Because you have been changed and transformed, you seek to change and transform. God has made us Agents of Reconciliation. God is in the process of reconciling all of creation back to Himself. He chooses to use us to make that change.
You are a missionary. At the moment of your salvation, you became one. You changed residences. Your permanent home is with Jesus. You are here on a very urgent assignment. To make disciples by engaging culture with the gospel and love of Jesus.
As a church, we can listen to sermons, sing songs, fellowship, go to conferences and retreats but if we do not engage culture with the gospel, we have failed to accomplish the main mission that Jesus gave us.
This is why you work where you work. This is why you shop where you shop. This is why you live where you live. This is why you would go to a coffee shop and you may not even drink coffee.
There are a few things that you need to know about being missional:
- Being missional models the church in Acts. The apostles were missional. Paul was missional. The church was missional.
- Being missional is about strong Bible based theology. The Bible guides us and is the foundation for why we are missional. We hold the Bible to be our highest authority. Some churches refuse to use the Bible in an effort to be both missional and relevant.
- Being missional is about the gospel.
- Being missional is about the church.
- Being missional is about discipleship
- Not all methodologies and strategies work. What works in a city in GA may not work in a city in Texas or a city in New York.
- Being missional is overall about obedience to Jesus.
The title for this sermon is Your Pastor Is Not God.
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Our text for this sermon comes from Acts 14:8-18.
Lystra became a Roman colony in 6 BC. Later it became part of the Roman province of Galatia. Soon after, the Romans built a road that connected Lystra to Iconium.
Because of the heavy influences of Roman and Greek cultures, Lystra was a polytheistic society. The people did not believe in one God, they believed in many gods.
vs. 8 A man was born crippled. He had never walked. He does not know what it would be like to walk. All of his life, he has only seen other people walk.
vs. 9-10 Paul looked at the man intently. How is it that Paul saw his faith to be made well? The Holy Spirit gave Paul the ability to have such a level of discernment as to actually see the faith inside the man. It was like Paul was staring into the man’s soul.
vs. 11-12 Being that the people spoke Lycaonian, Paul and Barnabas had no idea what they were saying.
In Greek religious tradition, Hermes is the herald or the messenger. He was responsible for communication between the gods and humans. Zeus is the head of all the other gods. Zeus is known to carry lightening bolts and in times of anger and rage throw them. This is one of the incorrect views people have of the real God. God does not sit on a throne waiting for you to screw up so that he can hurl lightening bolts at you.
The people thought because a man was healed, that Paul and Barnabas were gods. Mythology says, Zeus and Hermes occasionally came down in human form.
vs. 13 Zeus was so popular as a god among the people that they had built a temple to worship him. The priest went out to the people and wanted to offer sacrifices to Paul and Barnabas and treat them as gods.
vs. 14 Paul and Barnabas were distraught over this act of the people.
vs. 15-18 Paul rightly points the people to Jesus.
As this week comes to a close, hope you find yourself in anticipation of what God is going to do in you and your church tomorrow.
Grab your coffee and french toast. Here is this week’s Weekly Wrap Up.
Francis Chan: The Cost of Following Jesus
A very inspiring video from Elevation Church on Baptism: FOLLOW
Andy Stanley: Do Less Accomplish More
What Is Reformed Theology?
A Culture of Hope for the Men of the Church – Darrin Patrick