Matthew 26: 30-34 (Peter will deny) Matthew 26: 36-46 (Watch & Pray) Matthew 26: 69-75 (Peter denies Christ) John 21: 25-29 (Restart) Acts 2: 14-41 (Holy Spirit ability)
Recalibrating is the intentional moving from what we know to what God can do. QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER REFLECTION: Can you describe a place in your life this last year where it seems like Jesus is trying to adjust your trajectory? What makes this change difficult? If you make the change, what do you fear the results will be? What do you hope the results might be?
Luke 2: 8-20; Matthew 2: 1 & 2, 10-12; Daniel 2: 48; 6: 28. A rudder can’t steer a ship unless it is moving. Action-Risk–Reward
God has called us to be agents stirring hope in others. Luke 1: 31-40 Mary declares the promises of the Lord over her life. Her SOUL magnifies the Lord and her SPIRIT rejoices in God her (and our) savior.
We have been looking at the church constitution. Two areas of leadership have not been active but need to be defined. Board Trustees are mandated by NY. What about Elders and Deacons and their qualifications in the New Testament? Elders are appointed and Deacons are chosen. I Timothy 3: 3; Titus 1: 5-9
Why I’m Thankful for the Church? We have partnership in the Gospel as Jesus completes his work in others’ lives. We are co-partakers of grace (Philippians 1: 3-11). We pray for love to abound and approve what is excellent to be filled with righteousness (i Thessalonians 3:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:3).
The Church is not a building. Jesus constructs an overcoming, victorious Church built on Holy Spirit revelation that makes it alive, a Church that has authority, apostolic people aware of being sent. To die more is to live more. Matthew 16: 13-18; John 20: 19-23; I Peter 2: 4-10; I Corinthians 12: 12-14; 27-28
Ephesians 5: 25-27 God has provided the Church as a way for us to be made new. Titus 3:5 New life throught the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 2: 19-21 The Church is not a perfect place but it is a good place with Jesus as the Cornerstone. Hebrews 10:6 and Galatians 6: 9 In what ways are we the Church through teaching, praying and forgiving?