Taking the Next Step, Part 1 (5/21)

Remember that sermon notes are a guideline and may not be exactly what was preached.

Mark 10:46-52

The Great Commission needs to be done out of love/obedience.

 The Spirit tells us in Amos 3:3 that two cannot not walk together unless they have agreed to do so. You cannot walk with God until you have first submitted to God, until you have agreed that you are in need of a savior and turned your life over to Him and decided in your heart to go His way and follow Him.

God instructed Moses “you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do (Exodus 18:20 ESV) and so God says to you and I, “You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 18:4).

We either walk with God or we don’t. We have to decide to move forward…

The Word of God in Jude verses 20-21 tells us to build ourselves up in faith, to pray in the Spirit, and to keep ourselves in the Love of God…

 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another (John 13:34).

If you love me, you will keep my commandments” – John 14:15.

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God – Ephesians 5:2.

There is only one way to walk with Jesus: You have to take the Next Step!

I don’t know what your next step is, but I do know this: You have one. God will never be finished taking you deeper in faith. There is always a next step.

If you have not agreed to walk with God, then where are you headed?

Because not walking means you are not growing, not being sanctified, if that is not happening then you are stuck, stagnant, and can be left behind if you refuse to move. Jesus saidWhoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scattersMatthew 12:30.

“The only difference between a grave and a rut is the length of the hole.” – Rick Warren

Acts 17:6 – Who did they turn the world upside down for?

Our New Vision Statement:

Acts 17:6, Ephesians 5:2, Acts, Ephesians, Upside Down, Next Step, Obedience, Vision

I believe our greatest days are ahead of us as a congregation of His Church! IF…

If you are praying and it seems that God is not answering could it be that you have not done what He has already told you to do?

We need and must build core values if we seek to turn the world upside down. That is our Next step…

We need to Aim for Excellence: Doing the very best with what we have been given – material, talent, and time. Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.

Excellence, Colossians 3:23, Value, Core Value, Best, Material, Time, Talent, Aim, Vision, Culture, Healthy, Church, Christian

Honor: We don’t talk about people, we talk with them.  Titus 3:1-2 – Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. Practice the “one anothers,” if there is something between you and another brother/sister in Christ, approach it Biblically… Love one another… Outdo one another in showing honor.

Honor, Value, Core Value, Titus 3:1, Titus 3:2, Titus, Gossip, Conflict, Culture, Healthy Culture, Church, Christian

Engage: We are actively participating with the church in the mission of Christ. Matthew 28:19-20 – Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Value, Core Value, Matthew 28:19, Great Commission, Mission, Active Participation, Engage, Healthy Church, Healthy Culture

James 4:17

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