MESSAGE NOTES

Notes, further readings, & devotionals

CONNECT 4

STEP 2 - Find Freedom

“I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” Ephesians 1:16-18

  1. We want to see this church Grow in 2019
  2. Mission and Vision
  3. Mission - Why
  4. Vision - What & How
  5. Mission - Lead People To Jesus
  6. Vision - Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, Make a Difference
  • Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.
  • Romans 8:19 - For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are.
  • Romans 8:22 - For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
  • All Creation is groaning for freedom that comes through Jesus Christ.
  • One pathway God has given us to freedom and that is through Christ-centered relationship.
  • Genesis 1:28 - Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it

God made you to multiply.

You have the seed of life in you.

He made you to multiply

  • Matthew 28:19-20 - Go and make disciples

God’s first command in creation and Jesus last command on Earth are to multiply together

Multiplication happens through intimacy

Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

  • Genesis 3:10 “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” 

Our sin breaks our intimacy. Our intimacy breaks. Our ability to grow and multiply is lost. We no longer multiply life and love and joy, but we multiply lies, distrust, competition, fear and envy.

I heard you coming and I hid.

I saw you drawing closer to me, I’m ashamed of who I am, and so I hid.

Sin breaks intimacy and breads isolation.

We isolate ourselves because we are ashamed of our sin. And in isolation we are prone to sin.

The strongest encouragement:

JESUS HAS SEEN THE DARKEST OF YOUR HIDDEN SHAME AND IT HAS NOT CHANGED HIS LOVE FOR YOU.

  • John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.

We fear other people will treat us because of our brokenness Jesus has already experienced. And in rising from the dead he has already conquered it.

Sharing your sin and need of a savior to another person who can say “me too”

THE DEEPER YOU GO RELATIONALLY THE STRONGER YOU BECOME

The more willing you become to let yourself be known, the more faith you put in Jesus that your sin is really dead and others can know it. The stronger you become.

We think that strength comes for doing it on our own.

We are conditioned to believe that strength is in the individual

But God’s Creation, and Christ’s death is all about coming together.

  • Genesis 2:18 It is not good for man to be alone

God’s plan since the beginning of creation has always been God + you + others

They ask Jesus what the greatest commandment is and he says to love God with all you soul, mind, and heart.

AND the second… to love your neighbor as yourself

Jesus lived in three types of relationship

1 . Community

The larger community of Christ Followers - i.e. - the Church

2 . Committed

A dozen disciples

Committed to share life with them

Small Groups.

3 . Core

There needs to be 1-3 people that you can be fully honest with

Psalm 51:6 - But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.

1 John 1:9 -But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

You Go to God for forgiveness and you go to others for healing.

Pray for me, listen to me, ask me the tough questions

James 5:16 - Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.