Sermon notes: Feb 1, 2015

The Explicit Gospel sermon notes* —Matt Chandler
  • Romans 6:1
  • The Gospel pushes us towards righteousness & holiness
  • Colossians 3:1
  • IF you are in Christ ... 
  • ...  set your mind on Christ...
  • ... THEN put to death what is earthly
  • IT DOES NOT  SAY get rid of the sin in your life before you come to Jesus
    • Behavior change
  • We have no shot @ righteousness & holiness if we have not been born again
  • Colossians 3:2
  • How do you conquer sin?
    • by setting your mind on Christ!
    • being transformed by the renewal of your mind (Romans 12:2)
  • Philippians 4:8-9
  • How do you conquer sin?
  • Turn your eyes upon Jesus
  • Colossians 3:5
  • THEN murder sin.. (putting to death... crucifying...  very strong language!)
  • Galatians 2:20
  • Romans 8:1
  • Who wants crackers when there is a steak right there?
    • Christ is better than sin!!!
    • Christ >>>>> world
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

Look full in His wonderful face,

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,

In the light of His glory and grace.

*AUC's CMDA puts together a Sunday service each week with live worship and then we listen to a recorded message from a pastor back in the States.


Oil or Sand?

In undergrad I was a part of an organization called Christian Medial and Dental Association or CMDA. One of our speakers was a local doctor and former missionary. Something he said stuck with me. 
"You can either be the oil in the gears that help everything run smoothly and efficiently—or you can be sand in the gears that create friction and grind everything to a halt."

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Romans 12:18(ESV)
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, 
but also to the interests of others. 
Philippians 2:4(ESV)

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. 
Luke 6:31(ESV)
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: 
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 
Galatians 5:14 (ESV)


Choppy Water—Leonce Crump

Choppy Water—Leonce Crump

John 6:16-21

“...at all times people are either stepping into, in the midst of, or coming out of some type of trial." —Dr. Mason

1. Practice pursuing the presence of Jesus. 

This is not a sports analogy. I'm not talking about practice making perfect. I'm not talking about trying harder and doing more, motivated by some self-willed understanding of what it means for God to be present in your life. Here's what I mean.

Because of the goodness of the gospel, the good news of the gospel, that God would step down into human history rejecting the perfection of heaven in the person of Jesus, live perfectly, die tragically at the hands of the very people he came to save, rise triumphantly, sit at the right hand of the Father, and intercede for all those who would believe, because of that good news, then we incline our hearts to put him at the center of our reality. Jesus is not an addendum to a life already figured out. He is not an add-on... If we're honest, even for those of us who have been disciples of Jesus for a long time, we spend a lot of our time living as functional atheists. We live that way. What do I mean by that? We live as though God does not exist until we think we need him. We make our decisions. We make our business deals. We live our lives. We raise our children. We go to our gyms. We go on our vacations. We progress through life. As long as we don't hit a bump… "Oh, I'm sure God is up there somewhere, but I have it figured out. I mean, he only created me and the world, but I will consult him on a need-to-know basis." None of us would say that out loud. I would never say that out loud, but I very much live that way in my life... How do we navigate the storms in our life? The first thing we do is practice pursuing the presence of Jesus, meaning we put him at the center of our reality, not as an addendum, not as an afterthought, not as the last resort solution, after we've exhausted all of our resources and all of our talent and all of our money and all of our ability. Not afterfirst. How do we respond to this?

2. Call on God before freaking out.

 I mean, there's nothing deeply theological about that, and yet at the same time, it is. What do we do? Something bad happens. That's what goes on in your mind...

3. Practice a life of frequent repentance

How do you keep Jesus at the center? Practice a life of frequent repentance. Martin Luther said all of life is repentance...

4. Talk about him joyfully in good times and bad

That's how you navigate the storm. That's how you keep Jesus at the center. 
Jesus' presence is a promise of peace. If you're a disciple of Jesus, then you've heard that before, but are you living that way? Are you living that way, or would you, like I have so many times, sit there and arrogantly think, "Well, I've heard this. This is simple gospel. Thank you."

The presence of God is a promise. It's a promise of a peace that can be yours, that can be possessed, that transcends every storm and every circumstance.