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You Will Be My Witnesses

You Will Be My Witnesses

1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:8

Introduction

I.   We Can be Witnesses of the God’s Grace.

II.  We Can be Witnesses of a Changed Life.

III. We Can be Witnesses of the God’s Peace.

IV.  We Can be Witnesses of our Future Hope.

  • Through the DBR of Jesus, We Experience Hope for Tomorrow – Resurrected Body, Restored Creation, and Eternal Presence of God (1 Corinthians 15:20-22; Revelation 21:1-5).
  • We Witness the DBR by demonstrating our Eternal Worldview.

Conclusion

  • Are You a Witness of the DBR of Christ?
  • Have you Responded to His Loving Sacrifice?

Jesus told his disciples,

You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).

Jesus was addressing those who were eyewitnesses of his death, burial and resurrection.  The DBR of Jesus are the most significant events in human history because, through it, God demonstrated his love for his creation, forgave us our sins, and secured our eternal hope.  This is why the DBR is at the very heart of our faith.

My lesson today is how we can be witnesses of the DBR, even though we were not eyewitnesses to these actual events.  When we give our lives to Christ, we begin to experience the effects and significance of his DBR – God’s grace, a transformed life, peace with God (and others), and an eternal worldview.  It is to these experiences that we can attest.

Are you a witness of and for Jesus? Have you given your life to Christ?

I’ll say more in my message.  Joey

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Outreach 2022 (Part 6)

Witnessing

John 4:4-42

Introduction

  • Outreach 2022: How the Boise Church Can Reach Out in 2022
    1. Making Disciples (Going, Baptizing, Teaching)
    2. Restoring the Erring
    3. Seeking the Lost (Attractional, Missional, Relational)
    4. Nudge Evangelism
    5. Neighboring is loving your neighbor as yourself.
  • Two authoritative approaches to Outreach:

I.   Jesus’ Approach – Gentle Confrontation.

II.  Samaritan Woman’s Approach — Witnessing

Conclusion

  • Outreach is NOT One Size Fits All.
  • Witnessing is a Powerful Tool Toward Leading Others to Jesus (John 4:39-42).
  • Speak Like a Satisfied Customer!
  • What is Your Testimony?

Sunday, I will be discussing two authoritative approaches to outreach from John 4.  The reason I emphasize authoritative is that we may not consider witnessing to be an authoritative approach because it deals with our subjective experience, i.e., “what Jesus has done for me.”  However, not only is it biblical, it is ideally applicable to our current culture.  Today, people distrust authority. Experience, practicality, and authenticity (what’s real) are what people trust.  Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman from the authority of his person; the Samaritan woman spoke to her village from the authority of her experience.  Both were effective.

We all have a story to tell.  Luke told Paul’s story once and Paul told it twice more in the book of Acts.  Paul alluded to his and his convert’s experience time and time again in his letters.  I’ll say more on Sunday.

Remember to be inviting people to our Friends and Family Day on April 24th.  We will be having a service geared toward visitors and a fellowship meal following.

I hope you will join us!  Joey

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Outreach 2022 (Part 5)

Neighboring

Matthew 22:36-40; Luke 10:25-37

Introduction

  • Outreach 2022: How the Boise Church Can Reach Out in 2022
    1. Making Disciples (Going, Baptizing, Teaching)
    2. Restoring the Erring
    3. Seeking the Lost (Attractional, Missional, Relational)
    4. Nudge Evangelism
  • Neighboring is loving your neighbor as yourself.
  • Who is my Neighbor? Jesus described a man who was a neighbor.

I.   He Saw the Man (Luke 10:33).

II.  He Got His Hands Dirty (Luke 10:34).

III. He Was Inconvenienced (Luke 10:34).

IV.  He Befriended the Man.

V.   He Committed His Resources to his Wellbeing (Luke 10:35).

Conclusion

  • Everyone is my neighbor.
  • Everyone in Need is my neighbor.
  • Neighboring begins with those Closest to you.
    Fourfold Plan:

    1. Stay in Your Neighborhood. Get to know your Neighbors
    2. Pray for Yourself & Your Neighbor.
    3. Play with your Neighbors. Exercise
    4. Say.   Witness.  Talk about Jesus.
  • Are You a Good Neighbor?

I announced Sunday’s lesson would be on Neighborhood Evangelism, but that is really not a good description.  Neighboring is much more than an evangelistic strategy; it is about obeying what Jesus said are the two greatest commands – loving God and loving your neighbor.  Neighboring begins with those closest to you – your actual neighbors!  How well do you know your neighbors?  Of those who live in the eight closest homes/apartments to you, how many can you call by name?  Neighboring is moving from being strangers, to being acquaintances, to having relationships.  Neighboring is getting to know people well enough to know their hopes, their dreams, and their hurts. Neighboring is being willing to nudge them to see God at work in their lives, witness your faith, and speak the name of Jesus.  Neighboring is NOT a strategy for outreach; it is a strategy for loving, helping, and serving.

Many of the thoughts in this lesson come from The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside your Door. It is available in our library.  I recommend it highly.  I’ll say more in my message.

I hope you will join us!  Joey

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Outreach 2022 (Part 4)

Nudge Evangelism

Matthew 13:3-8; 1 Corinthians 3:6

Introduction

  • Outreach 2022: How the Boise Church Can Reach Out in 2022
    • Making Disciples (Going, Baptizing, Teaching)
    • Restoring the Erring
    • Seeking the Lost (Attractional, Missional, Relational)
  • Nudge Evangelism is a Primarily Pre-Evangelism & Relational.

I.   What is Nudge Evangelism?

  • To nudge someone is to prod someone gently in order to draw their attention to something.
  • Nudge Evangelism is prodding people to pay attention to the mission of God in their lives and to the necessity of responding.
  • Two Farming Metaphors from Scripture

II.  Nudge Evangelism Assumptions

  • Jesus is Alive and Active in Our World.
  • Followers of Jesus Know Jesus Well Enough to Recognize Where He is Active.
  • Evangelists Nudge Others to Wake Up to the Activity of Jesus in their Lives through Many Small Nudges (Small Saves) that Have a Cumulative Effect.

Conclusion

  • Everyone you Meet is a Potential Nudge, if you pay attention.
    • Every Brush is a Bush.
    • Every Worst is a Juncture for
    • Ever Best is
    • Every Noticer Needs a Nudge.
  • How is Jesus Alive and Active in Your Life?

Making disciples involves preparing the soil, planting the seed, and nurturing to maturity. Seeking the lost would fall more into the preparing the soil category. Last week we discussed three strategies for seeking the lost – attractional (come and see), missional (go and serve), and relational (stay and play) and how we as individuals can participate. Understand, in this series I want to emphasize that outreach can take many different forms and that we all can play a part in making disciples.

This week I want to discuss another “preparing the soil” approach – Nudge Evangelism. This phrase was coined by Leonard Sweet in his book, Nudge: Awakening Each Other to the God who is Already There.  Check the library. Jackie is trying to get us this resource.

God is already active in the lives of those around us.  Nudge Evangelism seeks to gently prod others to see his activity and respond.  A series of small nudges over time to those we encounter in life can eventually lead them to the Lord.  I’ll say more in my lesson.

I hope you will join us!  Joey

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Outreach 2022 (Part 3)

Seeking the Lost

Luke 19:1-10

Introduction

  • Outreach 2022: How the Boise Church Can Reach Out in 2022
    1. Making Disciples (Going, Baptizing, Teaching)
    2. Restoring the Erring
    3. Seeking the Lost (Luke 19:1-10)
  • How Can we Seek the Lost? Three Models

I.    The Attractional Model – Come and See (John 1:45-51)

  • Advantages of the Attractional Model
    • Everyone can ParticipateInvitation Evangelism.
    • It Encourages
    • It Helps Create a Seeker
  • Disadvantages of the Attractional Model
    • Can Devolve into Consumerism.
    • Someone Else will Always be more Attractive.
  • How the Boise Church can Benefit.
    • Invite Friends & Family.
    • Interact with our Guests.
    • Involve

II.   The Missional Model – Go and Serve (Mark 10:45)

  • Advantages of the Missional Model
    • It is How Jesus Ministered (Acts 10:36-38).
    • It Attracts both Servants and the Served.
  • Disadvantages of the Missional Model
    • It Requires Active Participation in Ministry.
    • Responses aren’t Always Sincere (John 6:26-27).
  • How the Boise Church can Benefit:
    • We Already Have Active Ministries: Love, INC, BCA, Trail Life, AHG, BSC, Camp Ivydale.

III.  The Personal Model – Stay and Play (1 Thessalonians 2:8-12)

  • Advantages of the Personal Model
    • Ready made Contacts
    • Outreach Requires Relationships.
  • Disadvantages of the Personal Model
    • It Requires Opening ourselves to New Relationships.
    • We May Fear Transitioning to Spiritual
    • In our Fun, we may Forget the Son.
  • How the Boise Church can Benefit:
    • We all have Relationships at Home, Work, Play, School, Day to Day Activities.  Introduce them to Jesus.

Conclusion

  • Making Disciples involves Seeking the Lost.
  • Are You Seeking the Lost?
  • Are You Lost?

Christians have the imperative to “make disciples.” People are lost and need Jesus, but how can we identify these individuals and create an interest in learning more about him.  Jesus commanded us to “go.”  The idea is that we should actively search for those who are receptive to the gospel.  Jesus himself said that he came to “seek and save” the lost. (Luke 19:10).  Effort, even strategy is involved in this search.

In my lesson Sunday, I will discuss three strategies or models whereby we can seek the lost: attractional, missional, and personal.  The attractional model is when we seek to attract people to our worship services and various church ministries.  The missional model involves ministering in people’s lives on the basis of their felt needs but also sharing the gospel with them.  The personal model assumes we all have friends, neighbors, co-workers, school mates, day to day acquaintances/interactions with whom we can relate and share our faith.  I believe all three of these models are necessary because they have their own strengths and weaknesses.

I hope you will join us!  Joey

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Outreach 2022 (Part 2)

Restore the Erring

Galatians 6:1-5

Introduction

  • Making Disciples is More than Baptism.
    • Jesus said preparation must be made – going.
    • Jesus also said we must teach them to observe all things he commanded.
    • This includes restoring Christians when they sin.
  • Galatians 6:1-5 teaches us…

I.  Christians Can be and Often are Caught up in Sin (Galatians 6:1).

II.  Erring Christians Need to be Restored (Galatians 6:1).

III.  Christians Have Responsibilities toward Each Other (Galatians 6:1, 2).

  • Bear Each Other’s Burdens – Preventative & Corrective Action.
  • We must Mend, Turn Around, Bring to Repentance.

Conclusion

  • Action Must be Taken with Care
    (Galatians 6:1-5). “Restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.”

    • For the Sake of the Erring.
    • For Your Own Sake.
  • Are You in Need of Restoration?

Last week we explored the command Jesus gave us to “make disciples.” In this command Jesus used three participles to describe how the disciple making process is accomplished: going, baptizing, and teaching.  All three are required and we all have gifts in one or more of these areas.  There is no excuse not to be about this task!

This week we will be examining another command given by Paul through the Holy Spirit – Restore the Erring.

Galatians 6:1-2  Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.  2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

We must not forget to encourage and restore those who were once among us, but have since chosen to leave their relationship with Jesus.  I’ll say more in my lesson.

I hope you will join us!  Joey

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Outreach 2022 (Part 1)

Make Disciples

Matthew 28:18-20

Introduction

  • The Marching Orders for the Church: To Make Disciples
    1. Not Optional (v. 18)
    2. Not One Dimensional (vv.19-20)
  • Three Dimensions of Disciple Making

I.   Going – Pre-Outreach

  • Praying – Ask to See the Opportunity.
  • Preparing – Make yourself ready for the task.
  • Participating – Be involved in people’s lives.

II.  Baptizing – Outreach Proper

  • Conversing – Tell the Good News.
  • Confronting – Help people see their need.
  • Converting – Explain what it means to respond.

III. Teaching – Post Outreach

  • ModelingShow them how a Christian acts.
  • MentoringTeach them how a Christian acts.
  • MotivatingEncourage them to act like a Christian

Conclusion

  • God Expects you to Make Disciples.
  • God Has Equipped you to Make Disciples.
  • There is no Excuse NOT to Make

This week we begin a new series of lessons entitled, Outreach 2022.  It is our prayer that Covid-19 is becoming less of factor in the world and visitors will be more comfortable returning to church services and functions. This provides us with an opportunity to be more active in our personal outreach to friends, family, and colleagues.  These lessons are designed to motivate and equip us for the task.

The command to make disciples is not optional for the child of God. Jesus gave us our marching orders in Matthew 28:18-20.  We are to “make disciples of all nations.”  A disciple is a follower of Jesus.  Three participle phrases modify this command – going, baptizing, and teaching. This is how we are to make disciples.  I have summarized these as pre-outreach, outreach, and post-outreach.  We are to seek the lost, convert the lost, and help mature the saved into faithful disciples of Jesus.

There is something we all can do in this process. Let’s explore this together!  I’ll say more in my lesson.

I hope you will join us!  Joey

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Doing Change God’s Way (Part 9)

A Lifetime of Character

Introduction

  • Resolutions Require Change, but it is Hard to Change.
  • Doing Change God’s Way
  • In the previous lesson we began to make specific applications of these principles. Today, we will conclude this series.

I.   Application: Time with God
(Colossians 3:1-4; Mark 1:35; Luke 6:12; Daniel 6:10; Acts 1:14; Acts 3:1)

  • Analyze: Why Do we NOT have Regular, Scheduled Prayer?
    • We Don’t Realize the Importance.
    • We are too Busy.
    • We Lack Discipline (Will Power).
    • We Have Not Created the Habit.
    • We Don’t Know What to Do.
  • Plan: We Must Create a System or Process
    • Intellectual – Do Some Research.
    • Physical – Is there a Physical Issue?
    • Spiritual – Is there a Spiritual Issue?
    • Social – Where can I Get Support?
  • Implement: Work the Plan
    • Begin Small (Micro-Habits).
    • Practice the Habit (21 Days).
    • Evaluate Your Progress.
    • Make Changes as Necessary.
    • Increase time, depth, and Intensity once the habit has taken hold.

II.  Application: Christian Virtues to Make Habitual
(Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Peter 1:5-9)

Conclusion

  • Transforming Change (Ro 12:1-2)
  • What You Do Every Day Will Change Your Life.
  • Are You Doing Change God’s Way?

Sunday, we bring to a close our series on Doing Change God’s Way with a final message on A Lifetime of Character.

In our series, we have discussed six principles necessary for Doing Change God’s Way: (1) God is Pro-Change!  In fact he demands, enables, and welcomes change. (2) Change requires involving many areas in our lives, including – intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social dimensions. (3) Setting goals is not sufficient; we must have a system or process for achieving those goals and work it every day! (4) We need to set priorities in our lives and within the areas we wish to change and learn to distinguish between the urgent, important, and the unimportant. (5) Willpower is a must, but we must use willpower effectively. Willpower is like a muscle that can grow stronger, but also fatigue. (6) The secret to maximizing your willpower is by using it to create and modify habits.

In this message we will apply these principles to spending time with God and virtues that will lead to a lifetime of character.

I hope you will join us!  Joey

New Sermon Series Beginning March 6th

Outreach 2022 - Beginning March 6

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Doing Change God’s Way (Part 8)

The Sin That Entangles

Introduction

  • Resolutions Require Change, but it is Hard to Change
  • Doing Change God’s Way
  • Last week we discussed habits and change; today we will begin to make specific applications to some difficult sins.

I.  Review: Principles for Change

  • Know that God Demands, Grants, and Welcomes Change.
  • Achieve Balance as Fully Integrated Beings.
  • Focus on System or Process Instead of Goals Alone.
  • Set Priorities. Choose between the Urgent, Important, and Unimportant.
  • Understand the Limits of Willpower.
  • Engineer New Habits; Modify Old Ones (Romans 12:1-2).

II.  Application: Eliminating the Sin that Entangles Us

Conclusion

  • Lessons to Take Home
    • You Can Change Your Life.
    • You Can Overcome Bad Habits & Sins.
    • It takes Planning and Work.
    • It takes Dependence on God.
  • Are You Doing Change God’s Way?

Creating new habits and modifying old ones are the best uses of will-power to bring about lasting change in our lives.  Romans 12:2 is a model for this approach, Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. The key is the “renewing of your mind” which, in this series, I have defined as “repentance.” This renewing also involves being mindful of the cues, routines, and rewards associated with our behavior and being present in the moment to consistently modify one or more of these to produce a new behavior.

How does this work in real life?  Sunday’s lesson is an application of these principles to some of the areas in our lives we might want to change.  It is entitled, The Sin that Entangles.

Hebrews 12:1  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

I hope you will join us!  Joey

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Doing Change God’s Way (Part 7)

Habits And Change

Introduction

  • Resolutions Require Change, but it is Hard to Change.
  • Doing Change God’s Way
  • Last week we discussed willpower and change; today we will discuss habits and change.

I.   God Made us Habitual Beings.

II.  Godly Living Requires Breaking Bad Habits and Engineering Good Habits.

III.  Biblical Examples of Habitual Behavior

  1. Prayer is a Habit (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
  2. Good Thoughts are Habits (Philippians 4:8).
  3. Church Attendance is a Habit (Hebrews 10:24-25).

IV.  Behaviorally, Habits Consist of Three Parts: A Cue, a Routine, and a Reward (Craving).

V.   Establishing Good Habits Eliminates the Necessity of Willpower.

VI.  Bad Habits Cannot be Eliminated, but they Can be Modified.

VII. It Takes 21 Days for a Habit to Take.

Conclusion

  • Applications
    • The Holy Spirit Does the Transforming of Our Character.
    • Decide Ahead of Time How to Act.
    • Limit Your Alternatives.
    • Build Good Habits to Eliminate the Need for Willpower.
    • Willpower is Best Used When Building or Modifying Habits.
    • Start with “Micro-Habits” & Increase Later.
  • Are You Doing Change God’s Way?

Last week we discussed willpower.  Self-control is vital to Christian living and for making any change in our lives.  However, we all have a love/hate relationship with self-discipline.  Studies have shown that willpower is like a muscle; the more we use it, the stronger we get, but, like a muscle, it also fatigues and will fail.  The secret to using willpower is to employ it in the creation and modification of habits.

God has created us so that we can automate routine tasks. Our brain creates automatic behaviors that consist of three parts: a cue, a routine, and a reward.  When repeated over time they form habits. The way to use willpower to create or modify habits is to be intentionally mindful at one or more of these three stages and modify the cue, routine, and/or reward. Over time, with repetition, new habits are formed and old ones modified.

If we have the bad habit of angry outbursts.  We understand the cue to be something that “sets us off.” By being mindful in that moment, we can intentionally modify our response.  However, we must also modify the reward, by redirecting our catharsis in another direction.  Over time we can transform this habit into something more positive.  More on Sunday!

I hope you will join us!  Joey

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