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Transformed, Part 2
"Jesus, Just Jesus"
June 13-14, 2020

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

 

Conversation Starter

If Jesus came over for a visit, what vehicle do you imagine he would be driving?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

‘“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

 

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”

 

Jesus replied, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do. [12-14]

 

“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live.

 

When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” John 14:1-11, 15-21 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Only Jesus is fully God and fully human.

 

God loved us enough to become a person. God moved into the neighborhood. God came close to us in the person of Jesus Christ. We have faith in Christ alone: “Solus Christus.” “Jesus, just Jesus!”

 

Application (5 minutes)

Are you uncomfortable with the exclusivity of Jesus? Why or why not?

 

When you think about what God is like, do you consider that he would look, act, sound, and treat others exactly the way Jesus did?

 

How do love and obedience go together?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you approach your Father in prayer, ask him to reveal himself to you as he really is. Sometimes it is hard to uproot false images of God; ask that he would help you truly see and understand his heart and ways.

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

 

Conversation Starter

Where do you normally look by habit—up, down, straight ahead, or side to side?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us.

 

Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.

 

At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them.

 

And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Only Jesus led a sinless life.

 

Jesus was tempted like everyone else, but unlike anyone else, only Jesus led a sinless life which qualifies him to deal with our greatest problem: the sin in our lives. If Jesus had sinned, he would have been paying for his own sin on the cross. But because he was sinless, Jesus became the pure and spotless sacrifice—for your sin and for my sin.

 

Application (5 minutes)

What does it mean to “die to our old life”?

 

How can we “stop evaluating others from a human point of view”?

 

How did God initiate reconciliation between himself and the world? What is our role in this now?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

Knowing Jesus lived a sinless life is not meant to increase your guilt by comparing you to a perfect example. Jesus came to pay the penalty in full so you could be FREE of guilt and live a new life through his power. Consider this as you approach your Heavenly Father in prayer.

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

 

Conversation Starter

What is your response when what you thought was true turns out to be untrue?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles.

 

Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him. For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church. But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. So it makes no difference whether I preach or they preach, for we all preach the same message you have already believed.

 

But tell me this—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave.

 

But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. 1 Corinthians 15:3-21 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:  

Only Jesus was raised from the dead.

 

After Jesus was crucified, dead, buried and resurrected, Jesus’ followers single-mindedly and whole-heartedly devoted their lives to one specific message: “Jesus died on a cross, was buried in a tomb, was raised to life on the third day. We are witnesses to this truth because we saw him, talked with him, and touched him!”

 

Application (5 minutes)

If Jesus did not actually physically rise from the dead, what did Paul say are the consequences for the Christian?

 

Some suggest that living a Christian life is good even if “turns out God isn’t real.” What does Paul say?

 

What does it look like to live a sold-out, all-in life dedicated to Jesus?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you spend a few minutes in prayer, dig down and really ask yourself, “What do I really believe?” and “Now what?”

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

 

Conversation Starter

What title do you most like to be called and why?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Sermon Insights:

Only Jesus is “Lord.”

 

After the resurrection, Jesus’ followers began talking about him in a different way. Instead of calling him Jesus, or teacher, or rabbi, they started calling him “Lord,” God’s name.

 

Scripture:

All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need. Acts 4:32-35 NLT (Bible.com)

 

As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died. Acts 7:59-60 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord!” he replied. The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.”

 

“But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.” But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.”

 

So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength. Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days. Acts 9:10-19 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Application (5 minutes)

What do YOU call Jesus? Is he YOUR Lord?

 

What does it say about Jesus that he would forgive and commission someone who was on a mission to make his family suffer? What does that teach us about God?

 

The Bible teaches that those who have been forgiven little love little, and those who have been forgiven much love much. How much have you been forgiven?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

How do you normally think of God when you pray: Almighty Lord? Author of Love? He is both; take time to reflect on that as you humbly and confidently reach out to him today.

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

 

Conversation Starter

If you could take a walk with Jesus, what would he say to you?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”

 

Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:1-10 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

 

The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. Acts 4:8-13 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Only Jesus offers a relationship with God.

 

Embedded in every other religion or way of life is some way of finding God, pleasing God, or appeasing God by what you do. But in Jesus, we have a God who came to us. In Christ, our sin is removed as far as the east is from the west, and we begin to see life through a whole new lens. We begin to see our lives line up with God’s eternal story, and we have a role to play in the Kingdom of God.

 

Application (5 minutes)

Can the people in your life recognize you as someone who has been with Jesus? If it were illegal to be a Christian, would there be enough real evidence to convict you?

 

Are you attempting to find/please/appease God, or have you accepted the free gift of what God has done for you? What’s the difference?

 

What other “gates” or “voices” do you need to protect yourself and others from?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you pray (perhaps this acronym would help: Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield), ask God to help you really hear his voice.

 

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