Jesus said, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples (John 15:8).” We were created to reflect the Father’s glory. We do this by projecting His image onto and into everything we do. When we do this we will bear much fruit. While fruit does not have the ability to produce itself initially, it is created to reproduce itself regularly. The kind of fruit Jesus calls us to produce is that of a disciple. In this sermon, we discuss what it looks like for New Life Church to make disciples.
There is a high price tag for following Jesus. Like the crowds, we often want to negotiate the price with Jesus. Like the disciples, we often ask to see the pre-owned section instead. There is no sales price, no discounts, and no financing when it comes to following Jesus. And yet, the cost of following Jesus is worth it each and every time.
Love is the most powerful 4-letter word in the human language. It has the power to endure hurt, disappointment, failure and even betrayal. This is why Jesus told his disciples, “By this everyone will know you are my disciples if you love one another.” While these words are powerful enough in and of themselves, the real power is in the context in which Jesus spoke them. In this sermon, we learn how to invest in others with an intentional and consistent love.
What kind of people does Jesus call us to be? In Acts 11:26, we encounter two kinds of people: Christians and disciples. For most of us, Christians are disciples and vice versa. However, Jesus never called anyone to be a Christian. He only calls people to be a disciple. In this sermon, we answer the question, “what does it mean to be a disciple?”
Eternity is the reality of infinity and beyond. As humans, it is difficult to understand eternity when everything in our life has an expiration date. We have yet to experience anything in life that does not come to an end. And when it does end, we grieve what once was but is no longer. This should reveal to us that God created us for eternity (Ecclesiastes 3:11). This desire for eternity reveals itself in the choices we make. God did more than create us for it. He also gave us the choice of where we will spend it (John 3:36). It is this choice that will determine all the other choices we make in life. Ultimately, it is by our choices that will become an example for others (1 Timothy 1:16).
God wants to move in and through the hearts and lives of His people. Throughout the scriptures, we encounter a God that is always working with and for His people. Yet, what we see in our day, are all the place where God once moved but appears to be no longer. The Valley of Dry Bones, in Ezekiel 37, is one of these places. Even in the valley, we discover that God moves through the obedience of His people. Where God is moving in us, it is time for us to move after Him.
The Mission of God is compromised of two main events. The first is the moment of salvation when we get all of Jesus. The second in sanctification when Jesus gets all of us. In the middle of these two events is Easter. Jesus came not only to save us but also the sanctify us. He came not only to attract us to Him but also to send out on mission with Him. In this sermon, we will discover what it means to be on mission with Jesus.