Are We There Yet? – Part 2
Pastor Stephen Hayes
Sunday June 11, 2017
Main Idea – God has a plan for each of us. Even when we get diverted by our own actions and decisions, God works a plan to accomplish through us what He had always intended. He accomplishes His will on earth – as He has since the events of Acts 2 – through the church.
God has a plan for you
- Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
- God has a plan for each of us. He works out this plan in the events of our lives in spite of mistakes we make along the way.
- As we live our lives we should pursue perfection – to continuously become better people as we grow closer to God.
The power of the church – the church is a big deal
- Many more people attend church each week in the United States than most people realize.
- This huge attendance is evidence of the power of God’s Kingdom, and all the things He accomplishes each day on earth. For example, most of the money given to humanitarian purposes on the planet is given by churches.
- Jesus is the Head of the church. We – the church – are the body by which God does things on earth.
Colossians 1:18 – And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
The church helps us center our lives around God through worship
- When we worship we are showing that God is the center of our lives. By worshipping we acknowledge we are not the center of our lives, but that God is the center of our lives.
- Matthew 22:37 – Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
- John 4:23 – But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
- If we find ourselves worrying about something, it is possible we have not “given it to God.” In other words, God has not been the center of our lives in that one area.
- We are to worship God with simplicity and honesty. Acts 2: 46 – So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart.
The church connects us with other believers through fellowship
- Psalm 27: 4 – One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.
- God made each of us to be part of His family.
- God wants us to get along with each other.
- In the Sermon on the Mount – which begins in Matthew 5 – Jesus mentioned his “Father” many times. He also often used the term “sons of God.” These are terms that indicate we are all together part of a family.
- The church is the place where this family comes together, is identified together, and grows together.
Reflective Questions for Are We There Yet? – Part 2
- Read again the words of Romans 8:28. Do those words show God is able to get you to the final destination of your life regardless of individual mistakes you have made along the way? How, do you suppose, God is able to do that?
- What was your reaction to the statistics Pastor Stephen shared about the amount of money the church gives each year to humanitarian needs around the globe?
- Pastor Stephen said the church is a place where we learn how to center our lives around God through worship. Why is worship an important part of a Christian’s personal life?
- In order to have good family relationships in the Body of Christ (the church) we have to be intentional about developing and maintaining relationships with people we meet in the church. Name two things you can do to be better at developing and maintaining church relationships.