September 16, 2012 Series: Vision Series (2012)
Scripture: Luke 6:40–6:40
Take you Bible and go to Luke chapter 6.
We are in the second week of our vision series, we are covering what we want our church to be all about.
Redeemer church is a gospel-centered faith family. We aren't strangers. We are people who have been saved by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
We want to replant our church every year, reorient ourselves around the gospel, the mission of the gospel, and the vision of the gospel. This serves two purposes — to remind those who have been a part of Redeemer for awhile and to welcome all of the new faces to the DNA of our church.
MISSION: We want to be a church that is MAKING DISCIPLES and MAKING MUCH of JESUS.
Seeing people follow Jesus is the heartbeat of our church. Making much of Jesus is making a big deal about Jesus with our words AND our lives, that was last week's was about how Redeemer Church is all about Jesus Christ. We worship Jesus. He is the main thing.
And if we are committed to our mission, we hope to see, this is our vision:
A COMMUNITY GROWING IN THE GOSPEL AND BRINGING THE GOSPEL TO THE COMMUNITY.
By God's grace, to become this kind of church, our core values, simple strategy. . .
- Worship Jesus
- Get Trained
- Live in Community
- Be on Mission
These aren't stair steps are graduating elements. They function together. They work in concert together, and any missing value is an imbalance — like a car out of alignment. A church can run with the tires out of balance, but it won't last long.
If we are serious about Jesus vision for our lives — we need to
Today's sermon will be a little bit different. Typically, we root ourselves in a book of the bible, or large chunk of Scripture and work through it for a number of weeks. Today, I want to show us how the New Testament vision for your life is for that of TRAINING, and this training is for a particular purpose. So we'll be looking at verses across the New Testament to establish the foundation for training.
Let me pray.
A man in the middle of the Roman Empire, small town, humble beginnings, never wrote a best-seller, didn't travel far from his hometown, never got married, worked a blue-collar job with his adopted dad, also died at the very young age of 33.
Jesus Nazareth is the most popular person in all of history. No other person in history has more books, songs, or paintings done of them than Jesus Christ.
Jesus flipped the world right-side up. Jesus didn't come to the condemn the world but the save the world. To save sinners. Jesus loves sinners — like you and me. He died on the cross and to the shock of everyone — rose again from the dead — and gives forgiveness, new life, and hope for all who would believe in Him.
And today, in this moment, Jesus sits alive and well in Heaven next to the Heavenly Father.
We sum up this message in a word: GOSPEL.
As I sat and thought about this weeks sermon, this next part just blows me away.God isn't hindered by anything. His power and resources are endless. He makes Ironman looks like a Carebear. And God wants to spread the fame of his name across the world — and how does God decided to do this? You.
God has endless resources and power. He has legions of angels at his disposal. He owns the stars and the clouds — and his means to spread the fame of His name, to all peoples: YOU.
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.”
(Matthew 28:18–20 ESV)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
(Acts 1:8–9 ESV)
Again. . . who does Jesus pick for his mission: You. Everyday people. Jesus didn't want to do his mission by himself. Remember when Jesus picked his disciples? He takes these average men, and they follow him for what purpose? He is training them. He is dicipling them — to look and act like him — push his message and his mission forward.
Luke 6:39-40 "When he is FULLY TRAINED will be like his teacher."
That is Jesus vision for our lives — be like him. And what is the process to get there — FULLY TRAINED. Not half way. Fully. If you aren't like Jesus, you still need training. That's all of us. We all need to keep getting trained in the words of Christ. If we are in Christ, we are united to Christ, and we are in process of looking like Christ.
We need to GET TRAINED to be like Jesus.
GET TRAINED FOR MATURITY
Colossians 1:28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ
The vision of Colossians 1:28 is to present the Christians at Redeemer Church before Jesus, looking like Jesus. When we talk about GET TRAINED one of our hopes, we have three, one of them is that we are training your for maturity in Christ.
Churches can miss the boat in 2 ways.
Consumer Church is missing the target. Not about entertainment and you consuming the best show you can find. Consumer Christianity can also be a church with the best doctrine and no love for one another the lost, or acting like Jesus – but good Bible teaching. Still consumerism – it’s just a different service being devoured.
Church is about worshipping Jesus and being transformed to act like Jesus.
Churches become Ingrown never a good word. There is no word to add after ingrown that sounds pleasant. Never looking outward. Serving self.Ingrown churches and communities are just collective consumers.
- Consumer Church is wrong.
- Ingrown Church is wrong. Outgrow being ingrown…
- Missional Church is right. Missional Church sees you as the grand ministers of the gospel for the world.
GET TRAINED is an attempt to redeem all three. We need to do all three and do them right for the glory of Christ.
TRAINING FOR. . .
- Ministry (to one another)
- Mission (to the world)
Was this not Jesus commitment?
- Maturity is our becoming like Jesus
- Ministry is caring for other Christians like Jesus did (Relationship w/ the Disciples. Community, teaching, love, & correction)
- Mission is loving the lost like Jesus did.
The Bible uses 4 greek words to describe this, our english Bibles only used 2 words. They are. . .
"train" = gumnadzo - to exercise vigorously, in any way, either the body or the mind
"train" - instruct children, educate.
"equip" - to educate, instruct
"equip" - furnish, adjust, and ready for specific purpose.
We want to be a church that is vigorously training and equipping you for maturity, ministry, and mission. Show you some verses where these words are key
GET TRAINED MATURITY.
1Tim. 4:6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
Train yourself for godliness. Christian growth takes effort, it doesn't just happen. Just like killer biceps, they just don't happen.And It doesn't happen over night. It takes time and effort. Discipline.
You can go to church and community group and never change, just like you can go to the gym and never change. It takes effort. You don't become a marathon runner over night.
You want to love your spouse like Christ has loved you, sleeping on it won't make it happen. Praying, repenting of sin, confessing sin, and asking for help — and fighting against sin will make it happen.
Train yourself for godliness — with the words of faith. We want you to know the Bible like crazy! I pray that when things got tossed at you, that you think Bible before you think anything else.
This has to be said — Godliness isn't just knowledge. You can have a theology of godliness and not be godly. But if you want to be godly, you gotta know what God is asking you to do.
Good news is that Jesus is at work in us, as we are chopping down trees, he is holding the ax too.
Titus 2:12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.
Maturity is holiness — living like Jesus. But we aren't just consumers. Maturity involves ministry to one another or it isn’t maturity. Maturity involves mission or it isn’t maturity.
We have gotten rid of all Bible studies at Redeemer. Now, of course we are studying the Bible, we have a class to teach you how to study the Bible — we are losing the phrase BIBLE STUDY. "Bible Study" isn't a sinful phrase, but we typically think of Bible study being about "personal spiritual growth" or just head knowledge. And those are good things, but if that's it — they've missed the mark. That's not enough.
This is why we don't have Bible Studies anymore, we have GET TRAINED classes. I don't think I'm splitting hairs. Companies spend millions of dollars researching the language of their product, because they know words matter — that people will lock on to words.
We need to lock on to maturity, ministry, and mission — that's what we are getting trained for.
GET TRAINED FOR MINISTRY
Titus 2:1-4 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children
Older women are to teach what is good, to train the young women. This is one-anothering. Training each other to love and live like Jesus and live what Jesus is asking us to do.
Your spiritual life isn't just for yourself, it is also to serve others in the church. You read the Bible, to feed yourself, to worship Jesus, and to serve your brothers and sisters in a time of need.
The writer of the Hebrews says this very well. . .
Heb. 5:11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
"By this time you ought to be teachers." Hear what he is telling them? You should be serving others by now? You are still unskilled in the word of righteousness? You still aren't able to discern what's right and wrong.
How do you get there? v. 14 "Constant practice."
You are still a consumer! You aren't serving your brothers and sisters. If you are in Christ, you are called to teach other Christians. It may or may not happen from the stage, but in groups, over coffee, in classes, over dinner.
Some of you should be much further along by now. But — as Hebrews says, "You've become dull of hearing." If that's you, here's what you don't do — mope, sulk, a keep doing what you're doing. Repent. Change.
- Husbands, if you feel like talking to your wife & kids about the Bible is like trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube — don't despair — GET TRAINED.
If you feel like you don't have a clue how to understand the Bible — GET TRAINED.
If you want to lead a group, you want to plant a church — GET TRAINED.
If you evangelism scares you — GET TRAINED.
Heb. 13:20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
He will equip you with everything you need to do His will. HOW? He hasn't left you hanging — here's what he's give you.
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Pastors exist, to train or EQUIP you for ministry. Pastors don't do all the ministry — you do the ministry too. Our ministry is get you ready for the ministry. We are like personal trainers. Here are the machines, here is how you do it — now go. There are no observers in a gym. If so, they are there for the wrong reasons, they don't get it, or they are posers.
See what we are to equip you for?
- Building up the body of Christ — to make it healthy, growing in maturity and numbers. (V. 12)
- Mature manhood — which is? the stature of Christ. (v.13)
- Know doctrine, not tossed around by fads and scheming books
- Speak truth in love — need both.
- Result? We grow.
This is key! v. 16 - Every joint, each park working properly, makes the whole body grow, so that it builds itself up in love.
You exist for the maturity of your fellow Christian. And if you don't feel up to the task, GET TRAINED.
If you are in Christ, you are to help the growth other Christians in this church. We have a shared responsibility for one-anothers growth and the growth of the church, and the stomping over the gates of hell. Don't be selfish with your spiritual growth it's for others as much as it is for you.
If you are in Christ, you are also on the mission of Christ.
"As the father has sent me, so I am sending you." (John 20:21)
GET TRAINED FOR MISSION
2Tim. 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
The Bible is for training us in righteousness, maturity, and what else? Equip you for mission — for good works, for the spreading of the gospel. To engage the lost with the hope of Christ.
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
(Matthew 5:16 ESV)
We want to train you for the mission of God. Training to send out leaders into the world. Church Planters, Residents, Elders, Deacons, Group Leaders, Counselors, Foreign Missionaries, Missional Moms, Dads, Students leading their friends to Christ.
Spurgeon: Every Christian is a missionary or he is an impostor.
Jesus picked us for his mission. He picked us to help each other and to save the lost.
We are going to do classes that have the maturity, ministry, and mission emphasis.We are going to do Bible conferences with PhD scholars, one coming up in March of next year — to equip you for these purposes. By God's grace, in the next 15-20 years, we are praying that God will let us open a Bible college to equip, train, and send people for the mission of Jesus.
This is what we are here for, to build one another up in the words of life, to exalt Jesus to the ends of the earth?
Are you equipped? Are you trained? None of us our fully trained, this will go on our whole lives?
We aren't here to pretend about our maturity and progress in the faith. We are here to grow together into the fullness of Christ.
Two things…question and application:
WHERE HAVE YOU ATROPHIED?
Maturity? Dull of hearing? Drifted? Come on back. Jesus welcomes you. God gives grace to those who want it – received in his terms. God welcomes you. Stopped confessing and turning from sin? Get trained in the words of life.
Ministry? Are you a consumer? Ingrown? You selfish? You are to build one-another up. The church doesn't exist just for you, you exist for the church. Don’t waste your growth.
Mission? Are you living for the spread of the fame of Jesus? Praying for your co-workers. Telling them? Christian bubble? Cults talked to your neighbors before you’ve gotten off the couch?
Missional living is also a joyous inconvenience. We need to push each other.
Example (I’m no expert, far from it): I'll drive 40 minutes to a Barbershop in Houston, why? God is doing something there. The dude who cuts my hair asked me to go to lunch with him, we'll talk about Jesus. You will have to go out of your way to share the gospel with people. Jesus went out of his way to talk with Calvary road.
If you are a new Christian, don't think you have zero to teach others. You probably know more non-Christians than those who have been Christians for decades. You can tell people about Jesus. You can lead the charge for missional living. HOLY SPIRIT IS ALIVE IN YOU…RUMBLING. a
If you aren't a Christian today, Jesus invites you to become one. To believe in Him, his death and resurrection, and to receive the forgiveness of all your sins — and he'll put you on his mission. Don't think you've sinned too much or too great. There is a guy, named Paul, he used to kill Christians, Jesus saved him, and he wrote the Majority of the New Testament.
He was anti Jesus. He got saved and was all about following Jesus and helping other follows Jesus.
THE VISION FOR YOUR LIFE: FOLLOW JESUS AND HELP OTHERS FOLLOW JESUS.
Leave you with one more word from God .
And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”
(Colossians 4:17 ESV)
We could read it like this, "Say to Redeemer Church; say Chad Rippy; say to Mandy Odom. . . "
Here are some practical things to do now.
- Read the bible. Lots of it. Read whole books in a single sitting. Confess, and repent of sin. that's training in righteousness.
- Are you disciplined in the Spiritual disciplines? Repent of a selfish spiritual life.
- Learn theology (Answer questions about God? Human nature?) get your mind renewed.
- Sign up for classes today. Starting this week and Next Sunday. How to study the Bible, how to live the great commandment, how to change — these are all machines in the gym that we want to teach you.
- Put it to work. Get in a group and get on mission — or you will atrophy.
Fulfill your ministry. Fulfill the mission. BECAUSE JESUS IS OUR SAVIOR. BECAUSE JESUS IS ALIVE. GET TRAINED FOR HIS GLORY.
Don’t waste your life.
Christ be praised.