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Walking it Out–Life of the Church In the Spirit

SUNDAY RECAP

In week  9 of The StoryFormed Way we explored —“Life of the Church in the Spirit.”  We looked at Jesus’ disciples in the early church. We saw that they lived a life of prayer, sharing their things, selling things to fund the mission, eating together, preaching, giving to the work, sacrificing, learning from the apostles, studying the Word, celebrating communion, living a life of service together. We also looked at two ways of living and being the church… controlled by our own fleshly desires or led by the Holy Spirit. We looked at two lists that the Apostle Paul taught some of the disciples. It showed the type of life that each of these two ways of living would produce.

Here’s the copy of Walking It Out Week 9. You can listen, here.

NEXT  FEW SUNDAYS

This coming Sunday, Dwight Bernier will be preaching from Mark 4:1-20 and sharing about the Initiative 22 Church Plant in Montreal. The following week Steve Niphakis will be preaching during the Mission Conference Sunday. We will conclude The Story Formed way on May 13 with “Life in the End.”

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Where Do You Find Life?


We do NOT live by bread alone…
or a good economy
or a good marriage
or a good job
or the Red Sox winning their 100th anniversary game
or low gas prices
or six pack abs
or cool parents
or respect
or sex
or money
or power
or ______.

BUT by every Word that God speaks…
that restores sanity
that renews hope
that regenerates souls
that transforms everything
that heals horrors
that crushes idols
that lives forever
that creates life
that resurrects “dead”
that does “impossible”
that reveals motives
that forgives anyone
that judges everyone.

Without God’s Word…
we will believe lies
we will worship idols
we will find death
we will lose sanity
we will choose self
we will nurse bitterness
we will crave control
we will destroy each other
we will hide sin
we will refuse healing
we will run away
we will _______
we will deny Jesus.

Jesus was right–“It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4 ESV)

That’s why we need God’s Word and…therefore need to read God’s Word. It alone gives us life.

Walking it Out–The Mission and The Power

SUNDAY RECAP

In week  8 of The StoryFormed Way we explored —“Mission and the Power of Jesus.”  We looked at Jesus’ command to his followers to be and make disciples: people that believe in Jesus and are continually learning how to walk in his ways. We learned that this command is for all ages—all people who follow Jesus. This command is for us! We are to be actively making disciples. And we are all called to be baptized as a public display and confession of our faith in Christ. We also talked about the idea that all of this is the work of God. He precedes us and makes us able to believe in Jesus. He then sends us out, by the power of his Holy Spirit, to live the life of a disciple and then also to make disciples. It is ALL God’s work!

Here’s the copy of Walking It Out Week 8.

NEXT  SUNDAY

This coming Sunday we’ll come face to face with “Life in the Spirit” from Acts 2 and 4, and Galatians 5:16-24.

Walking it Out–The Death and Resurrection of Jesus

SUNDAY RECAP

In week  7 of The StoryFormed Way we explored —“The Death and Resurrection of Jesus.”  We saw that Jesus is the Passover Lamb that takes away the sins of the world. He died as a substitute for us—taking our sins and punishment upon himself. He came offering forgiveness—not judgment. But we also learned that Jesus taught that people bring judgment on themselves by not obeying his teaching and commands. We talked through Jesus lordship. Jesus is Lord over: Salvation… Sin and death… Righteousness… Humanity… Everything!

  • Meditate on the fact that if you have salvation through Jesus that you also have his new life. A life that willnever end! How does/should this change your mindset and heart responses to everyday things?
  • If you have put your trust in Jesus, then your sins are forgiven. All of them. For what sins in your life—now or from your past—do you need to really begin to accept this forgiveness?
  • If you believe you’ve been forgiven by God, let him lead you to forgive others who have offended you. (“as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colosians 3:13)

If you missed it, you can listen here. Here’s the copy of Walking It Out Week 7.

NEXT  SUNDAY

This coming Sunday we’ll come face to face with “The Mission and Power of Jesus” from John 20, Matthew 28 ,John 14, Acts 2 , & 1 Corinthians 15:3-8.

Walking it Out–The Works of Jesus

SUNDAY RECAP

In week  6 of The StoryFormed Way we explored —“The Works of Jesus: Miracles, Kingdom, & The Lost Son.” We looked at how Jesus lived his life. Everywhere he went crowds flocked to him and he performed many miracles, healing everyone who came to him. We saw that Jesus has the authority to forgive sin, and has power over the creation, and has authority over the demons, and can raise the dead back to life. We also saw a powerful picture of God as a loving Father who is waiting for his sinful children to come home so he can shower them with forgiveness and blessings.  Here are some things to think about as we walk this out together as Christ’s church…

  • Think about the miracles Jesus performed. Is there anything in your life today that would be beyond his ability to manage or change?
  • Spend some time this week noticing areas of your life where you can relate to the lost son in Jesus’ parable… “I want what I want and I want it now!”
  • Have you ever experienced the love, acceptance and forgiveness of the father in the parable? The father is a picture of how God feels about you!

If you missed it, you can listen here. Here’s the copy of Walking It Out Week 6.

NEXT  SUNDAY

This coming Sunday is Easter! And we’ll be remembering “The Death and Resurrection of Jesus” from Matthew 26–28; Mark 14–16; Luke 22–24; John 13,17–20. Pray that God will cause us to be mesmerized by the forgiveness of the cross and the power of the resurrection! Pray that God will save men and women and children as they hear the gospel clearly.

Walking it Out–The Person of Jesus

SUNDAY RECAP

In week  5 of The StoryFormed Way we explored —“The Person of Jesus: Birth, Baptism, Temptation, & Disciples.”  We looked at Jesus’ birth and life—a humble life, human in every way, tempted in every way. Just like us. But Jesus lived his life without ever sinning or losing trust in his Father, God. Jesus found his very life and identity, in and from his Father. We saw Jesus filled and empowered to do miraculous things by the Holy Spirit. We also learned the names given to Jesus at his birth, Jesus: The Lord is salvation & Immanuel: God with us. These names showed us a lot about why he came to earth and who he is.

If you missed it, you can listen here. Here’s the copy of “Walking It Out Week 5“.

NEXT SUNDAY

This coming Sunday, we’ll see how Jesus’ life and teachings demonstrate and declare what the world should be like and will be like under his rule—“The Works of Jesus: Miracles, Kingdom, & The Lost Son.”  Though this will cover much of the Gospels, these are the key passages Mark 2-5, Matthew 5-7, and Luke 15:11-32.

Walking it Out–Exodus and Law

SUNDAY RECAP

In week 4 of The StoryFormed Way we explored “Exodus and Law”. We saw God lead his chosen people Israel out of slavery in Egypt. He gave them instructions on how to live, to walk in his ways and find life and freedom again. The people would come to God and worship him when they needed help, but when things were going well, they returned to worshipping other things. (Sound familiar?!) This was a time where everyone did what was right in their own eyes. But, God foretold through Prophets of a coming savior, a messiah who would save the people once and for all! I can’t wait till next week, can you?!

If you missed it, you can listen here. Here’s the copy of “Walking It Out Week 4.”

NEXT SUNDAY

This coming Sunday, we will finally hear about the coming Savior foreshadowed in the Garden and promised through the prophets—“The Person of Jesus: Birth, Baptist, Temptation, & Disciples.”  This will come  from Matthew 1-5, Luke1-5 and Mark 1.