Greed Builds Bigger Barns

We are now up to the fourth command in this infant stage, or Win Level. So far we have… Come and see – John 1:39 Repent and Believe – Mark 1:14-15 Fear / Do not Fear – Luke 12:5-7 Greed / Covetousness – Luke 12:15 Last time we saw how GREED was a second barrier to faith in this introductory level, Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15). Only Luke records this story (SEC 147). Our passage today is from Luke 12:13-21, regarding the issue of dividing inheritance, and Jesus’ story about the accumulation of wealth and building bigger barns. … Continue reading

Greed is a Barrier to Faith

We are now up to the fourth command in this infant stage, or Win Level. So far we have… Come and see – John 1:39 Repent and Believe – Mark 1:14-15 Fear / Do not Fear – Luke 12:5-7 Now we come to GREED being a second barrier to faith in this introductory level, Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15). BEWARE and BE ON YOUR GUARD – present imperatives that could be translated, “be ever on alert and be guarding yourself from every form of greed.” Jesus is pointing out that greed seeks more material possessions which are not … Continue reading

Why We Don’t Make Disciples

David Platt, pastor of the Church at Brook Hills and author of Radical, presents a compelling argument regarding the importance of missions and the understanding of discipleship. If we truly understood evangelism, the gospel, and salvation, the Great Commission would compel us toward growing in faith and reaching the lost. Since Jesus came to save the world from sin, how can we say that those who have never heard of Jesus will somehow get a pass, after all, they have never heard the name of Jesus? In essence this argument claims that “ignorance is bliss.” If this is true, Jesus would not have given us the Great Commission. If this was true, the absolute worst thing we could do would be to send missionaries to … Continue reading

Small Groups Don’t Work?

This is a compelling talk on how we desire for lost people to get involved in small groups… A missionary is one who sacrifices everything except the gospel for the sake of the gospel. How do we get people to think through that lens? How do we change their behavior? How do people in church feel about community? Where? – Where does it happen? Generally at church or in a home. When? – On Sunday in worship or mid-week on Wednesdays. What? – What does the room look like? In a circle, face to face. Or perhaps rows. How? – The dominant view is that community is an event, and a place to go at a specific time. We gather to talk about God and … Continue reading

How to Bless Others

This is a very simple strategy to influence those around you. In community, we hold each other accountable to actually DO one of these five things every day. B – Begin with Prayer. L – Listen, to hear people’s hurts, dreams, hopes, fears, and desires. E – Eat, share a meal with someone, creating community and conversation. S – Serve, after listening and eating together, it is easy to discover ways to serve others. S – Story, seek those opportunities to tell YOUR story (testimony) or HIS story (the gospel).

A Leader Worth Following?

Church and life can turn believers into consumers, spending all our resources and time on ourselves. There is frustration on how to lead people beyond traditional church. How to lead your people to be on mission? The key: LIVE IT or you have no hope to LEAD IT. First Corinthians 4:15-16, 11:1 – Lead by example. The word guardian or tutor means NANNY, someone caring for you for the moment but is not a permanent fixture. We can pick and choose from so many teachers, blogs, pastors, podcasts, but a nanny is not a father. A father is invested into the lives of his children. We are to be real flesh and blood leaders to our people. We cannot lead a missional community if we … Continue reading

What Kills Missional Community?

“Just allow me for just a couple of minutes to discuss briefly what will kill your missional community before you even get it off the ground with all these great strategies and all these paradigm shifts and it is this: Consumerism. Consumerism is a cancer to missional community. It will destroy it from the inside out. There’s the obvious application here, in that attempting to build any outward facing faith community with believers who are intent on just getting their own needs met just is simply unsustainable. It’s just not going to work. But leaders before we point the finger at all these selfish believers who are stealing all our time and energy from being missionaries to our communities, let it be said: if we … Continue reading

Fear is a Barrier to Faith

Today we look into Luke 12:4-12, focusing on one verse Luke 12:5. The point is that Jesus needed to address the fears of his would-be followers, fears that would prevent them from repenting and believing. Fear of making your faith known, or going public, can be a real barrier to one’s salvation (Proverbs 29:25). Another perk of this lesson is to help believers to talk with lost friends about the fears that they have about following Jesus Christ. Once a person is a follower of Jesus, our love for him casts out fear (1 John 4:17-18). The one fear that should cast out all other fears is the fear of God (Luke 12:5, Hebrews 2:14-15, 9:27). The Pharisee in Luke 11 acts like a friend … Continue reading

Repent and Believe

Today we get to the second command in the Win – Infant – Membership level; Repent and Believe the Gospel (Mark 1:14-15). Here is the overview of the six commands at this level: Come and See – Invitation – John 1:35-51 Repent and Believe – Salvation – Mark 1:14-15, Luke 4:14-15 Fear, a Barrier to Faith – Luke 12:4-12 Greed, a Barrier to Faith – Luke 12:13-21 Baptism – Matthew 28:19-20 Evangelism – John 4:3-42 Why did Jesus withdraw to Galilee? (Mark 1:14) Political pressure of the Pharisees (John 4:1). John the Baptist into prison by Herod (Matthew 4:12, Mark 1:14, Luke 3:19-20). The influence of the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:14). On the way, Jesus ministers to non-religious people (John 4:5-42, John 4:46-54). This section … Continue reading

Meaning of “Son of God”

There are a number of terms that are used throughout the gospels, which can be a bit confusing if we are unfamiliar with them. The most basic question is, “Who is Jesus?” Well, Jesus is the Savior, Lord, Messiah, Christ, Deliverer, Son of David, God, Son of God, Son of Man. Did Jesus claim to be God? Is the divinity of Jesus biblical? Significance of the term, “Son of God” The Son is separate from the Father. The Son is the heir and not the servant of the Father. The Son has the same nature as the Father. In Regard to Deity The Jews recognized absolute deity in the phrase, John 5:17-18, 10:33 (Matthew 26:63-66, Luke 22:66-71). The Son is ascribed deity in Hebrews 1:8-9. … Continue reading