SERMON NOTES (Aug 23, 2015): Koinonia - Fellowship - 1 Cor 10:6-11, 14-22; 11:20-22, 29

Koinonia- Fellowship
Read Text: 1 Cor 10:6-11, 14-22; 11:20-22, 29
Koinonia is the building block of Spiritual Body Building like amino acids are to building muscles.
I.                    Koinonia can be fostered or defeated by our Actions (1 Cor 10:6-11)
Often Bible gives examples both to show what happened badly and to instruct how the opposite will bring a positive result.
Examples of the Old Testament: DON’T LET HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF!
A.      Idolatry Divides us while Worship Brings us together (vs. 7)
a.       EXP. “eat, drink, stood up to play”
b.      When? Ex. 32:1-6- Moses delayed, prayer deferred, golden calf, offering, creativity, idol- “this is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt” (32:4)
B.      Immorality Divides us while Purity Binds us together (vs. 8)
a.       EXP. “23,000 fell in one day”
b.      When? Numbers 25:1-9- daughters of Moab enticed Israel to idolatry & immorality with Medianite prostitute in public view. 23K died on day one; additional 1K died until they executed the death penalty on the prostitute & adulterous man.
C.      Grumbling Divides us while Encouragement Draws us together (vs. 9)
a.       EXP. “destroyed by the destroyer” (Verbal Rebellion)
b.      When? Numbers 16:41-50- 14,700 plague (Aaron had to make quick atonement as God wanted to destroy them all for grumbling against moving forward into promised land) +250 Korah’s men (rebellion)
D.      Testing God Divides us while Trusting God unites us together (vs. 9)
a.       EXP. “destroyed by the serpents”
b.      When? Numbers 21:5-9 “became impatient because of the journey, why? We loathe this miserable food, Lord sent fiery serpents, intercede”

II.                  Koinonia is shared like a meal (1 Cor 10:14-22)
A.      Dedication: “Cup of Blessing” – represents the blood of Christ (vs. 16). Our Salvation is a shared experience of His Blood flowing through us in the body.
B.      Distinction: “Bread” – represents the body of Christ (vs. 17). Our church relations are the shared experiences of being a part of same loaf.
C.      Demarcation: “Cup of Demons” – represents idolatry (vs. 21). Our separation from the world’s demonic system of worship is the shared experience of refusing to drink the poisonous cool-aid of the Devil.
D.      Demonstration: “Table of the Lord” – represents singularity of spiritual source (vs. 21). Any unrepentant sin in the camp is a double dipping that contaminates the shared experience of the spiritual meal Jesus blesses.

III.                Koinonia is prerequisite to Communion Meal (1 Cor 11:20-22,29)
A.      Let there be no hunger and no drunkenness, no selfishness and no lavishness: “private suppers” vs. shared spiritual meals (my gifts, my service, my tithe: all corporate for the common good)
B.      Let there be no humiliation, no exploitation of the poor: “humiliating” vs honoring (daily provision: OUR daily bread)
C.      Let there be recognition of the body before we taste the wafer and cup: “judgment” (discernment) vs. fellowship. When I take a bite, I recognize that the one sitting next to me is an integral part of the body. If there is something amiss, it must be dealt with prior to my participation in the ceremony.
Conc. “Let a man examine himself”- Matt 5:23-24 - "Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.”
Next week: Lord’s Supper – Get yourself ready for a blessing, by making everything right in the body.

SERMON NOTES (Aug 16, 2015): Discipleship & Missio Dei - Matt 16:21-24

Difference between Mission of God & Missions Projects of Men:
       Missions Projects are the activities of believers to reach across cultural, economic or linguistic boundaries in order to share the love of Christ. ARE FINITE & CAN BE MISTAKENLY DONE.
       Missio Dei is the Mission of God. It is His mission throughout history to bring the full measure of His flock into worship. CANNOT BE THWARTED.
Let’s quit “having church” & start “being Disciples”

What is Discipleship? (One of 5 Functions)
·         IS NOT a Weekly One-Hour Program
·         IS NOT an Institutional Canned Presentation
·         IS Healthy, Organic & Reproductive Process
·         IS Normal & Intentional People-Investment

I.                    Call to Discipleship
a.       “Call to Discipleship begins at salvation and continues until we reach heaven.”
                                                               i.      No one has “made it” yet; stop waiting to answer call until you reach perfection.
b.      Discipleship is a call to think differently about everything
                                                               i.      The Way of the World
                                                             ii.      The Way of the Gospel
c.       Luke 5:1-11- “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.”

II.                  Barriers to Discipleship
a.       Luke 14:25-35
                                                               i.      When personal relationships are more important than Christ (26)
                                                             ii.      When personal preferences are more important than Christ (27)
                                                            iii.      When you think there is no cost (28-30)
                                                           iv.      When you think there is no loss (31-32)
                                                             v.      When personal property is more important than Christ (33)

III.                Fruits of Discipleship
a.       John 15:8-  My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
b.      John 13:35- By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

IV.                Process of Discipleship
a.       2 Tim 2:2
b.      4 Part PROCESS:
                                                               i.      Salvation: Knowing God
                                                             ii.      Sanctification: Finding Freedom from the Bondage of Sins
                                                            iii.      Spiritual Purpose: Discovering your Spiritual Gifts
                                                           iv.      Sending: Making a Difference in Others’ lives through ministry & missions
c.       Paul’s Advice to Older Men, Older Women (Titus 2:1-8) Elder encourage younger process.
d.      M.A.W.L. – Model, Assist, Watch, Leave

SERMON NOTES (Aug 9, 2015): Good News: Evangelism & MIssions Rom 10:1-15

Good News: Evangelism & Missions

Introduction: Definitions of Missions & Evangelism
Missions – Apostolic Sending activity of God’s people to carry the good news to the lost
Vs. 15 “unless they're sent?” (apostello - missionary)
Evangelism – evANGELism -Sharing the Good News
Vs. 15“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!” (euangelizo- good message)
I.                    Who NEEDS Good News? (vs. 1-5)
A.      Paul’s Burden for the Jewish Community (Law-based)
a.       Excited about God
b.      Dependent on self-righteousness
c.      Louie Giglio- SEND Conf this week- “Gospel not sin made us bad; it made us dead; Jesus didn't die to make us better, but to make us alive”
B.      Our Burden for our Communities (OIKOS) – Upon what are they basing their salvation?

II.                  How FAR must they have to go to hear the Good News? (vs. 6-10)
A.      Faith-based Availability:
a.       Heaven?
b.      Ocean’s Abyss?
c.       CF. Ps. 139:7-10 “Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in [f]Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.”
B.      Exposition of Moses’ Instructions (Deut 30:11-14)
C.      Gospel: The Way to be saved “Near” – “Preaching” vs. 8

III.                How do we GET the Good News to them? (vs. 11-15)
A.   Whoever – Thank God for that word: Your target is WHOEVER.
                                                               i.      “making the most of every opportunity” Eph 5:16 – Children of Light
B.      Vs. 15 –Gospel
a.       Gospel of Peace
b.      Gospel of Good
C.      Action Steps:
a.       Holy Spirit sends
b.      We preach
c.       They hear
d.      They believe
e.      They call

Conclusion: Will you speak the gospel to someone today?