Sermon Series "One Life"
This series examines what “one body and one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all” means to us.
September 30, 2018
The Foundation of our Faith
Every person is important to Jesus.
Jesus’ priority is to save the lost.
Jesus is the One Person who saves.
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.’” ~Luke15:4-6
“Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’” ~Luke 19:9-10
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” ~Acts 4:12
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.’” ~John 14:6-7
October 7, 2018
The World Wide Body
It is okay there are different styles.
We share the important issues in common.
The Church is powerful working together.
“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” ~Romans 12:4-5
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” ~ Ephesians 4:2-6
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” ~1 John 4:11-12
One Eternal Life
October 14, 2018
We are going to live Forever
We were created in God’s image.
Life here determines our eternity.
Jesus came to bring eternal life.
“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” ~Genesis 2:7
“‘The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side… And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.” ~Luke 16:22-23
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” ~John 3:16-18
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” ~John 10:27-28
The Older Brother
October 21, 2018
THE OLDER BROTHER
He is the third and often forgotten person in Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son.
He represents a significant portion of the faith community today.
What were his main qualities and what do they say to us?
A. Positive quality.
- Loyalty and faithfulness to the family.
- Like many loyal and faithful church members in our day.
- The kind of people the church depends on.
B. Negative qualities.
- Didn’t welcome his brother home; a sign of lovelessness.
- Despite being around the loving father; he never developed this love in himself.
- Too many faithful church members can be surrounded by the love of Jesus but never personally experience it.
- The older brother felt and acted more like a slave than a son. It showed in his joylessness.
- For too many church members serving God is a form of slavery.
- No wonder they have so little joy
C. What can be done for the older brother?
- An inner transformation, similar to what occurred in the younger brother.
- This involves repentance, an inner change of heart and mind.
- "You must be born again." John 3: 3
- Moving from living like a slave toward living like a family member.
- Using the resources offered by the loving father's family.
- The robe, the ring, and the shoes.
CONCLUSION—For all of us who are like the older brother!
- The change like the younger brother experienced. A change of heart and mind issuing in repentance and then returning home.
- Then living as a family member, not as a slave; using the family resources; the robe, the ring, and the shoes.
11 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. 14 When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. 16 He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. 17 But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”’ 20 So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. 21 Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.
25 “Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 27 He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ 28 Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ 31 Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’” ~Luke 15:11-32