Fatherhood was established by God as a blessing. The Bible teaches we are to honor those who have authority. Honor is important because God has an original claim on those we honor, honoring benefits each of us individually, and honor is something that is given, not earned.
Bringing Honor Back
Pastor Stephen Hayes
Sunday June 17, 2018
Main Idea – Fatherhood was established by God as a blessing. The Bible teaches we are to honor those who have authority. Honor is important because God has an original claim on those we honor, honoring benefits each of us individually, and honor is something that is given, not earned.
- Godly fathers are involved in, and committed to, the lives of their children.
- Children find their purpose in life through their fathers.
- We are told to honor those in authority, including our parents.
- Honor means to “recognize value, or weight, of someone or something.”
- Romans 12:10 – Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (NIV)
- Satan has continually attacked the institution of fatherhood because of its importance to the quality of life on earth.
- For example, currently, social media fosters and encourages disagreement. Disagreement is a sign of widespread dishonor in society.
- To dishonor someone is to undervalue what God has made.
The Abraham and Isaac example
- Genesis 22 tells the story of how Abraham intended to follow God’s directive to sacrifice his son Isaac.
- Abraham was obedient to God, and Isaac was obedient to Abraham. Both men displayed honor to authority.
- Isaac trusted that his father Abraham had a plan, so he was obedient.
- Indeed, God the Father had the ultimate plan – because the city of Jerusalem was later built on that exact location.
Honor is important because
- Honoring begins with God’s claim on others. Other people are God’s children, just as you are.
- Romans 8:30 – And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (NIV)
- Honoring benefits you, too.
- Ephesians 6: 2-3 – “Honor your father and mother” – which is the first commandment with a promise – “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (NIV) (see also Exodus 20:12 and Deuteronomy 5:16.)
- Proverbs 10:1 – The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother. (NIV)
- Honor is given; respect is earned.
- Honor is a gift, not a reward.
- What we say about human authority figures reflects our own attitudes about the ultimate authority: God the Father.
- We are to give honor to human authorities regardless of our personal opinions.
- 1 Peter 2: 13-17 – Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority; whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. (NIV)
Positioned for an inheritance
- When we honor someone, we position ourselves to receive benefits from his or her place of authority.
- Daniel 6: 1-3 – It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. (NIV)
- How we honor our leaders determines what we may receive from them. Jesus was not honored in his hometown. As a result, those of his own community did not receive blessings He gladly would have given them.
- Mark 6: 1-6 – Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. (NKJV)
- 2 Kings 2 tells the story of how Elisha gave great honor to Elijah up to the exact moment Elijah was taken to Heaven. As a result, Elisha received Elijah’s mantle - as well as an additional anointing.
- When we honor our fathers, and those in authority, we are showing honor to God.
“What can I do for you today?”
- 2 Kings 2:9 – And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.”
- Just as Elijah asked Elisha how he could bless him, Jesus asks you and me the same question.
- When we show honor, Jesus desires to reward us.
- Give honor, and then ask God for the hard things (like Elisha). He will reward you.
Reflective Questions for Bringing Honor Back
- How someone honors those in authority is a reflection of that person’s attitude toward God. Use 1 Peter 2: 13-17 (above) to explain that this is required regardless of the authority figure’s job performance.
- Jesus did not receive honor in his own hometown. Why, do you suppose, it was hard for those who knew him to give him honor? Why was Jesus then unable to perform many miracles there?
- Why is God so willing to reward those who show honor to authorities? Does this have anything to do with how He is working out His will on the earth?
Because God has given us so much, our natural response is a joy to give and help others. We have this joy in helping others because we are in covenant with each other & with God, we believe in the importance of the local church, and we want to hear Jesus say, “well done.”
Dirty Gospel – Part 4
Pastor Stephen Hayes
Sunday June 10, 2018
Main Idea – Because God has given us so much, our natural response is a joy to give and help others. We have this joy in helping others because we are in covenant with each other & with God, we believe in the importance of the local church, and we want to hear Jesus say, “well done.”
Routines get interrupted
- We all have daily routines that occasionally get interrupted.
- Often, we respond negatively to routines being interrupted.
- Many good things will come from operating outside the comfort of a routine life. “Happiness is impossible without embracing the happy mess.”
- God will use what happens when we operate outside our comfort zones.
”Get to” instead of “have to”
- Some people are following God from a sense of obligation, rather than from a passion. These people might regard involvement with a local church as something to be endured rather than something to be enjoyed.
- When we have fully received & comprehended our salvation, then we joyfully engage opportunities to share that salvation with others.
- Similarly, when we have fully received & comprehended all the blessings God has given us, then we joyfully give to others.
The joy of giving and serving
- The Bible tells of times when people gave from a spiritual joy God put inside their hearts.
- Exodus 35:21 – Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments.
- The Hebrew word for stirred is nasa, which means “to lift, carry, support, take away.”
- The Hebrew word for willing is nadab which means “incite, impel, make willing.”
- When our hearts are stirred, and our spirits are willing, then we respond by joyfully giving to others.
- Acts 20:35 – I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
- The Greek word for blessed is makarios which means “happy”.
- When you give you will experience more happiness than when you receive. Therefore, we can’t wait to give and to experience that happiness.
Use your talents
- It is not just about the gift itself, but what is in one’s heart when one gives.
2 Corinthians 8:12 – For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have. NIV
- Matthew 25: 14-30 tells the parable of the talents. The lesson of this parable includes the idea that God will evaluate how well we are using the skills and talents He has given us.
- God is expecting us to do something with what we have been given. We will be held accountable for what we do with what we have been given, and will be rewarded for how we have used our gifts.
- The wonderful beauty of giving is that when we give we do not lose what we have given away, but will actually be given more back from God in return.
Luke 6:38 – Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
- “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
Christians are committed to giving and serving because:
- We are in covenant with each other and with God. Psalm 92:13 – Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10 – Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.
“None of us is as good as all of us.”
- We believe in the local church. Ephesians 3:10-11 – His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God is the best steward of His resources. He knows what He is doing; and He does it through the local church.
- We want to hear Jesus say “well done.” Matthew 25:23 – His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.
A great irony
- God’s love is so strong that He greatly rewards us for having served Him out of thankfulness for what He first gave us.
- In eternity, God will have even greater opportunities for us to be productive by giving and serving.
Reflective Questions for Dirty Gospel – Part 4
- Why is it dangerous to get into a mindset of complacency; to resent changes to our daily routines?
- Do you remember a time you tended to serve God from a sense of obligation? What happened that enabled you to experience the joy that comes from serving? Can you describe that joy in your own words?
- Do you feel you have allowed enough time in your schedule for serving others? If not, should you consider what might need to be removed from your schedule to make necessary room?
- Pastor Stephen gave a humorous description of what the “waiting room” to see Jesus might be like at the end of time. Do you have another idea about what meeting Jesus will be like at that time? What do you think your conversation with Him will be like?
God has given each of us a purpose in life. In order to understand that purpose, we must get close to God so we can hear from Him. The purpose we receive from God is designed to help others, so that glory is brought to Him.
Dirty Gospel – Part 3
Pastor Ricky Texada
Sunday June 3, 2018
Main Idea – God has given each of us a purpose in life. In order to understand that purpose, we must get close to God so we can hear from Him. The purpose we receive from God is designed to help others, so that glory is brought to Him.
Life is dirty
- The reality of life is: life is dirty.
- Therefore, working with the Gospel message will require us to become involved with the “dirtiness” of life.
- God has a special mission for each of us because He values us.
- It is essential each of us finds out our God-given purpose in life.
- Myles Munroe – “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.”
- Jesus was forceful and direct when it came to accomplishing his own purpose on earth at that time.
- Matthew 21: 12-13 – Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ “ NKJV
- Jesus proclaimed the importance of prayer in the fulfillment of God’s purpose.
Your purpose is fueled (generated) by prayer
- We pray because:
- Prayer is the power generator in our lives.
- M. Bounds – “Little prayer, little power. Much prayer, much power.”
- When things don’t seem to be working, it may be because you aren’t praying enough.
- James 5: 16-18 – Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Elijah was a human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops. NLT
- Prayer will help you discover your purpose. The more you get connected to your purpose, the more you will have to stay connected to God through prayer.
- Prayer is simply having a conversation with God. He understands how you talk and communicate. Simply talk to Him like you would another person.
- Prayer brings us into the presence of God.
- Being in the presence of greatness is inspiring.
- Psalm 25:14 – God-friendship is for God-worshipers; they are the ones he confides in. MSG
- Revelation 3:20 – Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. NKJV
- Philippians 3:14 – I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. NKJV
- Prayer is the conduit through which God’s plan is implemented on the earth.
- God has chosen to use us to implement His plan on the earth.
- God’s resource is never depleted as He uses us.
- Daniel 9 describes the earnest devotion the prophet Daniel had for prayer. God responded to Daniel’s earnest prayer by giving him perspective, and an understanding of his own purpose as part of God’s greater purpose.
- B. Meyer – “The greatest tragedy in life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.”
Purpose is transmitted by passion
- If prayer is the engine that generates a purpose, then passion is what transmits that purpose into the environment.
- John 2: 13-17 – Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.” NKJV
- We must be passionate – and must express that passion – as we work out our God-given purpose.
Purpose is connected to people
- We are given a purpose so other people can be blessed.
- God’s blessings flow through us to others.
- God will use our life’s experiences to bless others.
- Luke 19:10 – for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. NKJV
- Luke 5: 32 – I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. NKJV
- Just as Jesus came as a servant, so are we to have a mind toward serving others.
- John 13: 3-5 & 12-17 – Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. . . So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” NKJV
- James 1:27 – Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. NLT
- Matthew 25: 37-40 – “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ NLT
The Gospel will clean dirty situations
- The Gospel message – and the love that accompanies that message – is the perfect answer for people who are living in dirty, messy situations.
- It is our responsibility and purpose to deliver that message.
Reflective Questions for Dirty Gospel – Part 3
- Pastor Ricky said that prayer generates powerful purpose, and then passion transmits that purpose. He used the analogy of a car’s engine and transmission. Did you understand that analogy? If so, can you restate the analogy in your own words?
- Do you feel you have a purpose in life? If so, is that purpose centered on helping other people receive God’s blessings? If not, is it possible you might be missing God’s intended purpose for your life?
- If you would like to re-establish a connection to God’s purpose for your life, is there anything in Pastor Ricky’s message that tells you how to do that?
Jesus never hesitated to interact with people, regardless of their personal circumstances or lifestyles. In the same way, we must be willing to “get dirty” – to personally mix with people - in any environment we find ourselves.
Dirty Gospel – Part 2
Sunday May 27, 2018
Main Idea – Jesus never hesitated to interact with people, regardless of their personal circumstances or lifestyles. In the same way, we must be willing to “get dirty” – to personally mix with people - in any environment we find ourselves.
Interact with people
- Jesus interacted with people in whatever circumstances were present at the moment.
- People in ministry today must likewise interact with people wherever they are.
- Ministry requires us to touch people: to make contact with them.
Jesus after the Sermon on the Mount
- Matthew 7: 28-29 – And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
- Matthew 8:1-4 – When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
- This is significant because Jesus was putting into practice some of the things He had just finished preaching.
- By willingly interacting with a diseased leper, Jesus was demonstrating how His followers were to do personal ministry.
Move toward the mess – get dirty
- Jesus’ example – and the example of all the New Testament apostles – compels us to move toward a mess, not away from it.
- Matthew 8:1 - When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him.
- In Biblical times, lepers were regarded with distain. They had a highly contagious, deadly disease that – many believed – had been caused by sinfulness. Therefore, they were considered both physically and spiritually unclean.
- However, immediately before this incident – during His Sermon on the Mount – Jesus had taught how everyone was spiritually unclean.
- Matthew 5:20 – For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
- Matthew 5:27-28 – You have heard that it was said to those of old, You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
- Matthew 5: 29 – If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
- Matthew 5: 43-44 – You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.
- Matthew 5: 48 – Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
- We have no good reason to avoid people, or circumstances, we may perceive as being beneath us.
- “We spend a lot of time distancing ourselves from messes Jesus spent a lot of time getting close to.
Worship Jesus before you experience a miracle
- Matthew 8:2 - And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”
- The leper worshipped Jesus before he asked for healing.
- “Do not wait for your circumstances to improve before you decide to worship.”
Demonstrate your love
- Matthew 8:3 - Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
- We need to get involved with people where they are, and demonstrate we are bringing to them more than our faith; we are also bringing our love.
- “Healing illustrates miraculous power. Touch illustrates miraculous love.”
Celebrate the healing miracle
- In Leviticus 14 in the Old Testament, God ordained an elaborate ceremony for when an individual had been healed of leprosy. This was to acknowledge God through repentance, and to demonstrate both physical and spiritual cleansing.
- After Jesus healed the leper, He told him to go to the priest and follow the Old Testament requirements. Matthew 8:4 - And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
- Jesus told the leper to do this in order to be obedient to the Law of that time, and also – perhaps – to reveal to the priests the power of God that was before them in the person of Jesus.
- By healing the man, Jesus had restored him physically, spiritually, and socially. He could now resume the life he had prior to becoming sick.
Follow Jesus’ example
- Jesus reached out and touched us when we were “unreachable.”
- Therefore, we should allow Jesus to do the same thing for others through us.
- The victory Jesus accomplished for us should be shared.
- This requires us to be responsible with what we’ve been given, and to freely interact with others we come across in life.
Reflective Questions for Dirty Gospel – Part 2
- Why, do you suppose, Jesus so often combined His teaching with healing people? What can we learn today from His example?
- What happens when we worship God even before we receive the effects of a miracle?
- During this teaching, Ryan Leak wondered how the leper responded to being healed. For example: did he, or did he not, show love and compassion to the old leper community he had just been saved from? (The Bible does not tell us.) Why do you think Ryan asked us to consider this question?
- What, if anything, causes you to hesitate before interacting with people as a representative of Christ?
God enables us to come to terms with our past so we can better serve Him in the present. God preserves us in the present because He has more for us to do in the future. Throughout the time of our lives, our job is simply to share with others our own experience with the good news of the Gospel.
Dirty Gospel – Part 1
Pastor Stephen Hayes
Sunday May 20, 2018
Main Idea – God enables us to come to terms with our past so we can better serve Him in the present. God preserves us in the present because He has more for us to do in the future. Throughout the time of our lives, our job is simply to share with others our own experience with the good news of the Gospel.
Sharing the Gospel sometimes requires getting dirty
- Jesus interacted with people in whatever circumstances were required at the moment. He “got dirty” when it was necessary.
- The Gospel message is for everyone, everywhere. Romans 3: 22b-23 – For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus
- Sin is the condition of being separated from God and from where He is. However, salvation (becoming reconnected with God) is available everywhere and at any time. Romans 10: 8-9 – But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
- Understanding this enables us to willingly go anywhere, at any time, to interact with people.
God is not limited by time
- Revelation 1: 8 – “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
- The past, present, and future are all the same to God. He operates in all three.
- Therefore, we should know that all three are useful to Him as He uses us.
- “If we learn from it, the past is our teacher. But if we live in it, the past becomes our master.”
- Satan attempts to use our past to accuse us before God. But, when our past is covered by Jesus’ sacrifice, our past cannot be used against us. God will only use our past to help us.
God forgives our past
- Luke 5: 27-32 – After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he left all, rose up, and followed Him. Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, saying, “Why do You eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
- Repentance is the word “metanoia” in Greek, which means “a change of mind.”
- Once we have repented from the wrongs in our past, we are able to use those past experiences to better understand and help others.
- We can learn from, and improve upon, what happened in our past.
- “Mismanaged success is the leading cause of failure, but well-managed failure is the leading cause of success.”
God heals our present
- Jesus is a healer. Although we may still carry scars from the memory of past wounds, we also have present wounds that need healing.
- Each of the four Gospels tell of what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane, as Jesus was being taken captive to be crucified. These accounts are found in Matthew 26: 36-58, Mark 14: 32-52, Luke 22: 39-54, and John 18: 1-13.
- John 18: 4-6 - Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?” They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. Now when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
- During this Garden of Gethsemane event, Peter cut off the ear of a high priest’s servant.
- But Jesus, being all-powerful and fully God, immediately healed the man’s wound.
- Jesus healed even in the midst of confusion and evil activity designed to destroy Him.
- If Jesus had not healed the ear, it is possible Peter would have been arrested and put on trial. Jesus was not only healing the high priest’s servant, but was preserving Peter for what He needed Peter for in the future.
- In the same way, Jesus often keeps us whole in the present time so He can use us in a pre-ordained way in the future.
God values our future
- Jesus protected Peter from legal prosecution because He had a future assignment for Peter. John 21: 15-17 – So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.”
- Jesus may have a Great Commission assignment just for you.
- Whether we are new believers, or long-time followers in the Christian faith, Jesus will provide each of us with a fresh understanding of where He is taking us.
- There is a fresh Great Commission assignment for everyone, regardless of how long we have been a believer.
- We, like Peter, need to be available to God.
Reflective Questions for Dirty Gospel – Part 1
- “Getting dirty” sometimes requires functioning outside our comfort zones in our interaction with others. Tell about a time when you risked discomfort, or safety, to do something you felt was important.
- When you think about your life experiences, what painful – or uncomfortable – experience has actually been helpful to you in better understanding others?
- Can you identify a time when God kept you out of trouble despite your own foolish behavior? Like Jesus did for Peter, might He have been preserving you for a future purpose?
- Have you practiced telling a story about yourself, in a concise way, so that you can comfortably share the Gospel message through that story?