One Thing: Revisited

We look again at our “One Thing” as a church, and how we can make 3 simple commitments to put “First Things First”

One Focus

August 23, 2009

How do we get our focus back and sustain it? One way is by becoming an active contributor to God’s Kingdom. We follow King Jesus and pour out our lives like Him. Jesus was a giver. He was committed to making a complete contribution of all that he had and all that he was. We can make becoming like Him our “One Thing.”

In the book of Matthew, the mother of James and John asked Jesus for seats of authority for her sons on either side of Jesus. Jesus told her and all the disciples that following Him was not a call to be great in the way the world sees things. He said that the greatness they were called to was called servanthood. He told them to follow His example of service by being willing to contribute all that they had in serving God.

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One Family

August 16, 2009

Many of you have made a commitment to Christ. You’ve surrendered your life to Him as Savior and Lord. But you’ve lost focus. You started out focused on Christ, but He is no longer the organizing principle of your life. He isn’t the focus.

Perhaps we’ve made following Christ too complicated. We’ve forgotten that following Christ means we have to hang out with the other disciples.

Can you hear Peter saying? “Sure Jesus, I’ll follow you, but do I have to hang out with Judas over there?”

No, following Christ, we become one of His disciples together. Connecting together as we follow Christ has a sharpening effect. It sharpens our focus on Christ.

As Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

In the book of Romans the apostle Paul told the Roman Christians that even though they had followed Christ by an individual decision they must recognize that in following Him they had become one body, connected to other believers. When we follow Christ we make must make an individual decision to follow, but that leads to a corporate identity. We become the body of Christ connected to every other believer.

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Celebrating Your First Love

August 9, 2009

Did you know that God cares about what you celebrate? I think it’s because we celebrate what we truly love. And God cares about that.

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First Things First

August 2, 2009

In the book of Philippians, the apostle Paul said that he had put following Christ first. Paul didn’t say, “These 100 things I dabble in.” No, he said, “This one thing I do.” We can make following Christ our first thing. The text gives three rocks we can put into our lives in order to make following Christ our “one thing.”

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One Prayer

We joined together with churches around the world to preach a common series – “God is…”

God is…Good

July 26, 2009

Is God good? Many of us have no doubt that God is real. But is He Good? Does He really have your best interest in mind?

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

A family and parenting series.

Passing On a Godly Legacy

May 31, 2009

At the end of the TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, they park a big bus in front of the new house and have the family standing there in anticipation to see what their new home looks like. They are encouraged to shout, “Move that bus!” The family is always overwhelmed when they see the beauty and blessing of their new home.

How can we experience the beauty and blessing of a godly family? Is there a way to pass on a godly legacy?

In the book of 1 Thessalonians, the apostle Paul told them that he had treated them like a mother and a father as he shared the gospel and his life with them. He was thankful that they had believed and he challenged them to be witnesses and to be his “glory and joy” (1 Thess. 2:20). In other words, Paul said you are my spiritual legacy. We can learn from Paul’s example to leave a Godly legacy to our family.

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Making Room for Singleness

May 24, 2009

In the TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, after they show us how bad the family’s living conditions are, they interview the family to discover what they love and design a house that expresses their passion, then they start building the house, being careful to make a room for every member of the family.

Sometimes, in the church, we don’t do a very good job of “making room” for every member of God’s family. Singles often feel left out. It reminds me of the old country song: “Sleepin single in a double bed.” We often make singles feel as if they’re living single in a couple’s world.

But the truth is there is nothing “odd” about being single. Elijah, John the Baptist, Paul, and Jesus lived as singles. We all begin life single and many of us will experience singleness again later in life.

Is it possible to live life as a fulfilled single? I believe that God’s Word offers the help that we need for living a fulfilled life and responding to life’s problems. In his letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul gave some very specific instructions for singles and how they could live a fulfilled life by being devoted to God. We can follow God’s instructions for fulfillment by our undivided devotion to the Lord.

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Resolving Family Conflict

May 17, 2009

The apostle Paul told the Ephesians that they could turn conflict into communication and understanding through the power of Christ’s forgiveness and love. We can resolve the conflicts in our relationships and turn them into quality communication and understanding through Christ’s power of love and forgiveness.

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Raising Great Kids

May 10, 2009

In the TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, after they show us how bad the family’s living conditions are, they interview the family to discover what they love and design a house the expresses their passion, then they start raising the house…

The apostle Paul told the Ephesians how to raise their children according to God’s design. As Christians, we can follow God’s Word in the discipline of our children and raise them up to maturity according to God’s intent. The text gives four steps to raising great kids:

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Following God’s Family Blueprint

May 3, 2009

The apostle Paul told the Ephesians that their family relationships could be restored to God’s intent by submitting first of all to the Spirit and then to one another becoming the family that God designed. We can follow four steps to God’s blueprint for the family and experience the blessing of oneness and being a light to this world for Christ.

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