Sunday, May 28, 2023

Church Mission Part 10 – What is your story?

Church Mission
Part 10 – What is Your Story?
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
The House of Faith Church | |

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·        Introduction

o   Step One: Where do we Begin?

o   The Disciples

o   Go and ‘Make’ Disciples

o   Get Your Nets

o   When, Where & How to Fish

o   When is When?

o   Where is Where?

o   But How?

o   What is Your Story?


Today is Sunday. May 21st, 2023

            We began looking at the mission of disciples in early March. What exactly are those who claim to be followers of Christ supposed to be doing while we are here?

 ·        Does Jesus truly become our Lord and Master if we are not His servants?

·        If we are followers of Jesus, are we mere bystanders or part of the corporation?

·        If we are saved, are we couch-Christians waiting to die and go to heaven, or are we Christian soldiers on the front lines ministering to the lost?

These are important questions in the life of a believer, because if you do not understand what is required of you, then how can you truly serve?


What did we learn from Genesis and Exodus?

             Disobedience to the Lord is no joke, and there will be a response from God.

             Firstly, sin is met with DISCIPLINE (the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior /a branch of knowledge, typically one studied in higher education.)

·        This is NOT punishment…

 Genesis 3:9-11 “Yahweh God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?

 God did not ask this question because He did not know. Rather, to meet sin with discipline and CORRECT a behavior.

 This would have been the time Adam should confess, instead, he laid blame on the woman.

             So, when someone sins, God gives them the opportunity to confess to Him, and they will receive, not just forgiveness, but discipline, and a correction. If no confession is made, discipline does not correct the sinner’s path, THEN comes PUNISHMENT.

            Adam, refusing to confess of his sin against God, must now receive a covering until that sin can be removed from him.

 Genesis 3:21 “Then Yahweh God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and He clothed them.”

             Which is why there was animal sacrifice throughout the Old testament. It was a covering, symbolic and ceremonially representative of the sacrifice Jesus would make to remove sin at the cross. Until then, man would only receive a covering.

             What else came after Adam refused to confess to God and discipline failed to correct Adam’s path?




Genesis 3:21-24 “Then Yahweh God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us to know good and evil; and now, lest he send forth his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat and live forever”— therefore Yahweh God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.”

 From Genesis, the very beginning, Yahweh has made it very clear to man.

 Obedience brings benefits, bounty and blessings from the Kingdom.

 Disobedience will first bring correction through discipline, then punishment through wrath.

 Until you come to your senses and confess you are sinful and in need of Jesus, you will have a period of Grace, saving you from the coming wrath and punishment reserved for all those who reject the Living God.

 So the question is asked again.


 Does Jesus truly become our Lord and Master if we are not His servants?

If you have confessed and repented and accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, isn’t it time you started behaving like a disciple?


SCRIPTURE READING (Legacy Standard Bible)

Luke 5:4

“And when He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”


a.      You are called
                                                 i.      In Luke 5 the Lord called Simon, James, John and Zebedee
1.      Zebedee?
2.      Matthew 4:21 tells us Zebedee is James and John’s father
3.      James and John immediately left their father to follow Jesus. The promptness of their obedience to Jesus’ call may indicate that Zebedee and his sons were already familiar with Jesus’ ministry and that Zebedee fully approved of his sons’ calling. In those days, following a rabbi and learning from him was an honor, and it would have reflected well on Zebedee and his family.
                                              ii.      In Matthew 28 the Lord called the “disciples” for a specific purpose
                                           iii.      You too, are called!
1.      “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would abide…” John 15:16a
2.      “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

b.     You are given when and where…here and now
                                                 i.      “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base (or lowly) things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may abolish the things that are, so that no flesh may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.” 1 Corinthians 1:27-31
                                              ii.      By Him, His calling, His equipping, His conforming, His transforming, we become greater than we were because of HIS Spirit, HIS works, because of HIM.
1.      Isaiah 64:8 “But now, O Yahweh, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.”
2.      Jeremiah 9:23-24 “Thus says Yahweh, “Let not a wise man boast in his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast in his might; let not a rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am Yahweh who shows lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares Yahweh.”
c.      You have your command (Matthew 28) What are you waiting for?
                                                 i.      The Lord called the disciples, told them where to meet Him, gave them the Great Commission, which is for all disciples.
1.      MAKE disciple of all nations
2.      Baptize them
3.      Teach them to obey all I commanded you
                                              ii.      What are you waiting for?
a.      Once you are saved, your receive a promotion to Saint
                                                 i.      1 Corinthians 1:2b “…those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called as saints, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:”
                                              ii.      Ephesians 2:19 “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,”
1.      If you belong to Christ, you ARE a Saint!
b.     As Priests, we need to serve the High Priest, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior
                                                 i.      1 Peter 2:9-10 “But you are A CHOSEN FAMILY, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.”
                                              ii.      Revelation 1:5-6 “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood— and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the might forever and ever. Amen.”
1.      If you belong to Christ, you ARE a Priest!
c.      Matthew 28 is our life mission
                                                 i.      We go where He calls us, when He calls us, and obey His command to make disciples in the WAY He has called us!
1.      Sometimes we use the natural gifts He endowed us with at birth
a.      Artist
b.     Musician
c.      Poet
d.     Public Speaker
2.      Sometimes we will be endowed with gifts from the Holy Spirit
a.      Administration
b.     Evangelism
c.      Giving (time, things, money)
d.     Healing
e.      Helps
f.       Hospitality
g.     Leadership
h.     Teaching
3.      Sometimes through Spiritual Fruits
a.      Love (1 Corinthians 13)
                                                                                                                         i.      Patience
                                                                                                                      ii.      Kindness
                                                                                                                   iii.      Humility
                                                                                                                    iv.      Selflessness
                                                                                                                       v.      Forgiveness
                                                                                                                    vi.      Protecting others
b.     Joy
c.      Peace
                                              ii.      Remember we saw God endow His people in Exodus with craftsmanship abilities as well!
                                           iii.      If He is calling you to something specific, He WILL endow you and you WILL accomplish what He has called you to do!
a.      Why Paul is a perfect example to us
                                                 i.      He opposed Christianity working to imprison men and women believers
1.      Some were even executed by his command
                                              ii.      One day Paul heard the Lord’s call (Damascus Road)
1.      The lord gave Him the when and where
2.      Paul obeyed
                                           iii.      He confessed his sin, repented of it (no longer condemned, imprisoned or had believer’s executed,) and served his Lord and Master Jesus by sharing the gospel.
b.     Once Saved, Paul used himself as the example
                                                 i.      He shared his flaws, weaknesses, failures and mistakes
                                              ii.      He explained how the Lord forgave him, and made him a NEW creation in Christ Jesus, and the old had passed away
                                           iii.      He shared about his struggles and difficulties with the flesh and new spirit
                                            iv.      And he encouraged others in their struggles because Paul knew, the Lord was sufficient in all seasons.
c.      We can do the same!
                                                 i.      We can share about who we were to show others we understand, and are empathetic to their struggles, because we had our own.
                                              ii.      We can talk about how God had erased, not the past events or what happened, but how we view them, the pain and suffering they caused in us.
                                           iii.      He can change our perspective, allow us to see the BIG PICTURE, and empower us not only to get past our own struggles, but be there for the encouraging of others so that they too can be freed from the bondage of their sin!
The Lord will Make a Way for us to Serve Him
Once we understand that the Lord is calling us, here and now, we can begin exploring the ways in which we can serve Him!
There are more ways than one imagines, such as sharing about the Lord at work, school, with friends, neighbors, even--especially with strangers.
We will begin next week with real life examples and ways we can share Jesus effectively with others without being on over-zealous noob who steam-rollers people and beats them over the head with the gospel.
Next week: There are many ways to serve the Lord
Part 11 – There are many ways to serve the Lord
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