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Transformed, Part 3
"The Church in Focus"
June 20-21, 2020

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

Conversation Starter

When someone shows you great generosity and kindness, what is your response?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.

When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.

Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Luke 19:1-10 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

No matter how far you may have overstepped or how far out of bounds you have gone, God’s eyes are on you. He wants to come into your life, your world, and your story.

Application (5 minutes)

Have you ever felt insecure or “less than”?

Has Jesus treated you differently than you expected? How?

What inspires you to be generous like your Heavenly Father?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you spend a few minutes in prayer, thank God for his generosity and ask him to help you to feel loved, be humble, and enjoy being free to be generous!

 

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

Conversation Starter

Name one thing that changed during your lifetime that you thought would NEVER change.

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.

Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery. Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”

Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them. Hebrews 13:1-9 NLT (Bible.com)

Jesus said this at the end of his “Sermon on the Mount”: “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.

But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Matthew 7:24-27 NLT (Bible.com)

Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear. Luke 21:33 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Can we be biblically solid and culturally relevant? YES! Not only is it possible, it is critical we do so! How? How do we speak in a culturally relevant way without sacrificing Biblical integrity? We realize that some things never change!

The words of Jesus are a sure foundation! The Bible, God’s word, will never pass away.

Application (5 minutes)

What is the difference between God’s Word and your interpretation of God’s Word?

Jesus puts his words on the same level of God’s Word. Have you accepted that Jesus is the Son of God, “God in a body”? How does this challenge the common belief that “Jesus was just a good teacher”?

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you approach your never-changing Heavenly Father, express your appreciation for his trustworthiness and faithfulness throughout your life.

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

Conversation Starter

What do you do when someone tells you a truth that is uncomfortable?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:1-8 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

“Friends, as your pastor, I pledge to you that no matter how unpopular it might be, as long as I am standing here, this church will clearly but sensitively, boldly yet lovingly, unapologetically yet compassionately preach and teach the unchanging truth of the Bible which points us to the awesome work of a grace-giving God of the universe!” Pastor Greg Johnson

 

Application (5 minutes)

What role are you playing in promoting the truth of God’s Word? Are you encouraging your pastors to speak God’s truth even when it is unpopular? Are you listening to God’s truth even when it is uncomfortable?

If your son or daughter were called to serve God in a special way, would you encourage them? Why or why not?

As you read some of the Apostle Paul’s last written words, what do you sense he is feeling? How important is it to you to live in such a way that you avoid regret?

Are you diligently aiming for the prize by eagerly looking forward to Jesus’ appearing?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you approach your Heavenly Father in prayer, take a moment to thank God for the choice Pastor Greg made to choose to follow God’s call to lead us into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ!

 

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

Conversation Starter

What is one thing that you would like to see made brand new?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Sermon Insights:

The Apostle John received a vision from Jesus as an older man written down in the book called “Revelation.” John wrote:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.

But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” Revelation 21:1-8 NLT (Bible.com)

Scripture:

Some things always change!

God did the most unusual, unconventional things, like dying on a cross to carry our sin debt.

Application (5 minutes)

What do you imagine the “new heaven and the new earth” to be like?

Do you think it is significant that God’s master plan is to build a home to live with the people he loves?

What does it take to be “victorious”?

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you pray, try borrowing ideas from this Scripture to help you 1) Praise God, 2) Repent of sin in your life, 3) Ask God for what you want, and 4) Yield to his kindness.

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

Conversation Starter

Do you embrace or avoid change?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law.

When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.

Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 NLT (Bible.com)

Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Hebrews 12:15 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

It is not all about me. Rather it is about finding common ground in order to communicate the Gospel in a relevant, understandable, and convincing way. It is about helping people get to know Jesus and connect with the one who brings life: Jesus, just Jesus!

There are three constants: God, his word, and change!

 

Application (5 minutes)

How comfortable are you with Paul’s choice to make significant changes to reach people? Are you willing to become uncomfortable for the sake of others?

Are you running to win?

How can you make sure you do not fail to receive the grace of God?

What is the danger of a “poisonous root of bitterness”?

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you take a few minutes to pray, ask God to help you avoid bitterness and receive his grace powerfully!

 

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