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Fighting the Good Fight of Faith

Blueprint: God’s Design for the Church

Fighting the Good Fight of Faith

I Timothy 6:11-16, 21-21

  1. Fight the good fight of faith
    • Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness
    • Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called
    • Keep the commandments
  2. Guard the deposit (the Gospel)
    • vs. Moral/Legalist Gospel
    • vs. Pietist Gospel
    • vs. Social Justice/Activist Gospel
    • vs. Prosperity/”Health & Wealth” Gospel
    • vs. Unity/Unitarian Gospel
    • vs. “All Roads Lead to Heaven!” Gospel
    • vs. Self Help/”Word of Faith”/Positive Gospel
    • vs. Mystical Gospel

The Life You Never Expected

The Life You Never Expected

Psalm 130

What do you do when the life you expected, isn’t the life you have? What do you do when you are shaken to the very core?

  1. Weep
  2. Worship
    1. God is personal
    2. God is merciful
    3. God acts in our lives
    4. God is inexhaustible
  3. Wait
    • Morning is coming
  4. Witness

Prayer and Worship

Blueprint: God’s Design for the Church

Prayer and Worship

I Timothy 2:1-15

  1. Men & Women of Prayer (2:1-7)
    • Everyone: Pray for all especially authorities, pursue a peaceful & quiet life.
  2. Men in Worship (2:8)
    • Men: Avoid divisiveness, pursue holiness & prayer.
  3. Women in Worship (2:9-15)
    • Women: Avoid distraction, pursue modesty & good works.

Gospel Transformation, Part 2

Blueprint: God’s Design for the Church

Gospel Transformation, Part 2

I Timothy 1:12-20

  1. The Gospel transforms us into a life of praise.
    • Jesus appoints the unqualified.
    • Jesus shows mercy to the ignorant.
    • Jesus saves the unworthy.
    • Jesus shows patience to the unrepentant.
  2. The Gospel transforms us to hold onto faith.

Memorials of God’s Faithfulness

Palm Sunday 2018 – WCPC’s 21st Anniversary

“Memorial of God’s Faithfulness”

Joshua 4

Our confidence in God’s present and future reliability is grounded in His past faithfulness. History = “His-story”

  1. Memorial Stones remind us of God’s faithfulness.
  2. Memorial Stones teach our children of God’s faithfulness.
  3. Memorial Stones testify to the world God’s Faithfulness.

WCPC recalls what God has done in and for us.

  1. Spotlight Calling
  2. Year of Suffering
  3. Gospel Transformation
  4. Installed Elders
  5. Severe Discipline Case (leading to Great Revival)
  6. Dr. Oliver Collins
  7. Built the Building
  8. Church Planting
  9. Jonathan Robson
  10. Parakaleo
  11. Journey Groups
  12. Story Presbyterian Church

Addition thoughts:

  1. God considers you one of his memorial stones.
  2. The cross and the stone moved from the tomb are God’s memorials to us.

Jonah: Both the Prodigal Son & Elder Brother

Jonah: God’s Call to All

Jonah: Both the Prodigal Son & Elder Brother

Luke15:11–32

All are lost in sin, rebellion, and anger. Fooled by fake freedom, Jonah and the Prodigal went away from The Father. Clouded by arrogant pride, Jonah and the Elder Brother were full of wrath toward the helpless, who need the grace of The Father. Both stories end with a plea from The Father, who is full of love and mercy for all. What are you living for?

  1. How is Jonah like the Prodigal Son? (Am I free enough?)
  2. How is Jonah like the Elder Son? (Am I good enough?)
  3. How are We like Jonah, the Prodigal, and the Elder Son?

Upside Down Repentance

Jonah: God’s Call to All

Upside Down Repentance

Jonah 3:1:10

God mercifully pursues Nineveh through a poor message and a reluctant prophet. The people of Nineveh repent and God relents. His message is the same for the people of God as it was for the unbelievers: If you repent, He will relent.”

 

Mission Impossible

Jonah: God’s Call to All

Mission Impossible

Jonah 3:1-5

We, like Jonah, have a tendency to run from God’s plans. Has He made a mistake? Did He really call me? Is this really His plan? Are we actually capable? Am I ready?

  1. God doesn’t call us to trust out plans; He calls us to trust His.
  2. God doesn’t call the able; He enables the called.
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