Jun 26, 2011
Authentic Discipleship
Series: All Aboard

Authentic Discipleship Pastor Samuel Floyd Text: Ephesians 4:14-23

  Ephesians 4:14-23  NLT                   14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. 17 With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. John 1:12  NLT 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 1 John 2:6  NLT 6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. Genesis 1:26a, 27 26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us… 27 So God created human beings in his own image.  In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Ephesians 4:14-15  NLT 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Galatians 5:22-23  NLT 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!   Five tools God uses to change our lives: 1)            Hope to inspire us. Jeremiah 29:11-14  NIV 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.  I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” Romans 4:18  NIV 18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”   2)            God uses truth to transform us. Joshua 1:8  NIV 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.   3)            God uses people to support us. Hebrews 10:25  NIV 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.   4)            God uses CIRCUMSTANCES to teach us. Romans 8:28  NIV 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.   5)            God uses COMMITMENTS to launch us. Matthew 6:33  NIV 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 1 Peter 3:12  NIV 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”  

Discipleship:  Commitment to seeking the things of Christ FIRST.

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  • Jun 26, 2011Authentic Discipleship
    Jun 26, 2011
    Authentic Discipleship
    Series: All Aboard

    Authentic Discipleship Pastor Samuel Floyd Text: Ephesians 4:14-23

      Ephesians 4:14-23  NLT                   14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. 17 With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. John 1:12  NLT 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 1 John 2:6  NLT 6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. Genesis 1:26a, 27 26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us… 27 So God created human beings in his own image.  In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Ephesians 4:14-15  NLT 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Galatians 5:22-23  NLT 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!   Five tools God uses to change our lives: 1)            Hope to inspire us. Jeremiah 29:11-14  NIV 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.  I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” Romans 4:18  NIV 18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”   2)            God uses truth to transform us. Joshua 1:8  NIV 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.   3)            God uses people to support us. Hebrews 10:25  NIV 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.   4)            God uses CIRCUMSTANCES to teach us. Romans 8:28  NIV 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.   5)            God uses COMMITMENTS to launch us. Matthew 6:33  NIV 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 1 Peter 3:12  NIV 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”  

    Discipleship:  Commitment to seeking the things of Christ FIRST.

  • Jun 12, 2011Accelerating Your Spiritual Growth
    Jun 12, 2011
    Accelerating Your Spiritual Growth
    Series: All Aboard

    Accelerating Your Spiritual Growth Pastor Samuel Floyd Text:   Psalm 1; Psalm 119:97-105

     

    Psalm 1  NIV

     1 Blessed is the man

       who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

     4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.

     6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

    Psalm 119:97, 101-105  NIV

    97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. 101 I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. 102 I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. 103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.

     105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

      Two kinds of People: *            The admirer is impressed, even applauds. *            The follower is devoted and willing to surrender his life.  

    What does it mean to move beyond admiring Jesus to becoming a follower?

      Matthew 16:24-25  NIV 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”  

    Jesus never said, “Come admire me.”

      Accelerated Spiritual Growth = Being more than admirer - Becoming a devoted Follower   Myths about Spiritual Growth: 1)            Growth is automatic 2)            Growth is instantaneous. 3)            Growth is attained by church attendance. 4)            Growth is achieved in isolation. 1 Corinthians 12:18  NIV 18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 5)            Growth is measured by how much you know.   6)            Growth is measured by how you act in church. Ephesians 4:14-15  NLT 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.  

    WE NEED FUEL!

     

    A Survey of 80,000 people, 200 churches, said that “The Bible is the most powerful catalyst for spiritual growth.  The Bible’s power to advance spiritual growth is unrivaled by anything else.  Reflection on scripture is by far the most influential spiritual practice.”

     
              The Goal:            To inject, unleash and watch the results of the Word of God in my life.   1.            Appreciate the power of the Bible. Romans 15:4  NLT 4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.   2.            Accept the authority of the Bible. a)            culture   b)            tradition Mark 7:7-8  NLT 7 Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.  8 For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”   c)            feelings Judges 21:25  NLT 25 In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. Romans 8:31 NIV 31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:28 NIV 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:38-39 NIV 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Phlippians 4:4-6  NIV 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 1:6  NIV 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:7  NIV 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 1 Peter 5:7  NIV 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.   Pledge: “I now accept the Bible as my final authority.  I’m done with culture, tradition and feelings dominating and directing my life.  I want to stop at one foundation:  Jesus and His Word!”   3)            We need to assimilate and apply the truth of the Bible. Joshua 1:8  NIV 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  
  • May 22, 2011Fully Devoted
    May 22, 2011
    Fully Devoted
    Series: All Aboard

    Fully Devoted Pastor Samuel Floyd Text:   2 Timothy 3:14-4:8

      2 Timothy 3:14-4:8 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. 6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.   4 types of people: 1) Pre-CHRISTIAN 2) New BELIEVERS 3) GROWING CHRISTIANS 4) DEVOTED FOLOWERS   Gap between new believers & growing Christians Bigger between growing & devoted followers.   The gap between what we believe to be God’s best and our reality creates TENSION.   A. We lower belief about God’s standards to reduce the tension. * We compare ourselves with others * We become critical of others * We avoid self evaluation * We get distracted * We avoid accountability   Your Challenge is to DEVOTE YOURSELF to God’s Standards (to reduce the tension.) Memorize verse each week. To participate in small group. Serve. Asking for commitment not to miss for next seven weeks.   Paul had some advice regarding becoming a fully devoted follower to give to his son in the Lord, Timothy:   1) Refuse to settle for anything less than God’s best. 2 Timothy 1:6 - FIRE UP! 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

    If you’re 95% devoted to Christian faith, you’re 5% short – Bill Hybels

     
            2) Give it all you’ve got. 2 Timothy 2:3-6   NIV 3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. * Dedication of a soldier * Discipline of an athlete * Resistance to Discouragement of a farmer  

    DRIFT or DEVOTE

    Acts 2:42-47  NIV 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.   3) Study and apply biblical truth. 2 Timothy 3:16-17  NIV 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

    A Survey of 80,000 people, 200 churches, said that “The Bible is the most powerful catalyst for spiritual growth.  The Bible’s power to advance spiritual growth is unrivaled by anything else.  Reflection on scripture is by far the most influential spiritual practice.”

     
                PICK UP YOUR FORK!   4) Make and keep spiritual commitment. 2 Timothy 4:1-5  NIV 1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. * Spend time with God. * Memorize a verse every week. * Attend seven weeks. * Find a place to serve. * Get involved in a small group.