Discovery Church, Discovery Prescott

FRAMING YOUR FAITH – Part 2

Here is the outline to this message.

1 Timothy 3:15, “I want you to know how people who are members of God’s family must live. God’s family is the church” (GW).

Last week: – GOD REMEMBERS WHAT WE FORGET.
“For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.” – Psalm 103:14

Ephesians 2:21 – “In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord” 

This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home. (the message)

Hebrews 11:3 – Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.

Who is in God’s family photo album ?
 

1 Timothy 3:15, “I want you to know how people who are members of God’s family must live. God’s family is the church” (GW).

We are the family of God.

Church is not something you go to. Church is something you belong to.

1. A FRAMEWORK OF FORGIVENESS

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him (and put me in the ministry),13 even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. 14 Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.

15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and  I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen. – 1 Timothy 1:12-17 


“… it is his boundless mercy that has given us the privilege of being born again so that we are now members of God’s own family” (1 Peter 1:3, LB).

 
God loves tying knots.
A college student came to his pastor sand said; “Pastor, Ive done terrible things in my life….I know God could never forgive me. What can I do?” 
Ah, answered the pastor, “all of us are connected to God by a piece of rope, one that is the same length for everyone of us. When we sin, sadly, we cut the rope that connects us to God. But, when we repent, God is in a hurry to tie the pieces together again. Every time you tie a knot in the rope, of course, the rope gets shorter.
So, those with more knots in their rope are that much closer to God.”
2. A FRAMEWORK OF FELLOWSHIP.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

Everyone needs a “THIRD PLACE”

First place is our HOME.
Second place is our WORK.
Third place is our COMMUNITY.

Everyone needs a “THIRD PLACE”

First place is our HOME.
Second place is our WORK.
Third place is our COMMUNITY.

HAVE FUN
LOVE FRIENDS
SHARE FAITH
 
Every culture has celebrations – your job as a Christian is to engage in the celebration with those people. We bring the better wine – we bring what is lacking. We ought to be known as the greatest party people on the planet – we ought to party like crazy because we actually have something to celebrate – the resurrection of Jesus!
 
The smells of: Compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience, transparency authenticity.
“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” – 2 Corinthians 2:15
 
3. GETTING MY FRIENDS IN THE PICTURE. (No Selfies)

 
 

 

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, God has given you a mission in this world. You’re not here to just take up space; you’re not here to just strive after your own personal goals.

You have an assignment from God himself. Once you’re in the family, your life changes. You have a new reason for living. Your life isn’t about you anymore; it’s about God’s mission.

And your mission fits into God’s mission for all of history. God created everything in the universe because he wanted a family. He didn’t need Earth. He didn’t need the other planets. He didn’t need the stars. He created all of it because he knew some of us would willingly choose to be a part of his family.

The mission God gave Jesus he now gives to the Body of Christ — the Church. He wants us to help get other people into his family. Jesus said it like this: “In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world” (John 17:18 MSG).

Once we know Jesus, we have to go! We must tell our friends and families about him. But we can’t stop there. God has never made anyone he doesn’t want saved. He loves everyone — across the entire globe.

God wants us to live out his mission everywhere: in our families, our communities, and our world. His mission for your life is both global and local. The Bible says, “Now the Lord says to me, ‘It isn’t enough for you to be merely my servant. You must do more than lead back survivors from the tribes of Israel. I have placed you here as a light for other nations; you must take my saving power to everyone on earth’” (Isaiah 49:6 CEV).

That’s God’s plan for the world. That’s his mission for you. He wants everyone on Earth to know him. And he wants to use you to see that happen. God didn’t just say that to missionaries or pastors. If you’re in his family, he gave his mission to you!

 

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