9/6/15 – Replicating Yourself

Replicating Yourself

John Stagne

Acts 15:36-41

I. Who are you taking with you? (v. 36-38)

Acts 4:36-37 – 36 Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, 37 sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

II. Be intentional about who you invest your life in (v. 39-40)

III. Be the kind of Christian who pours strength into others (v. 41)

a. Life: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
b. Thinking: 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self,created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph. 4:22-24)
c. Future: In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
(John 14:2-3)

8/30/15 – Keeping the Love You Had at First

Keeping the Love You Had at First

John Stange

Revelation 2:1-7

I. Valuing doctrinal purity and right living (v. 1-3)

II. Abandoning your first love (v. 4)

1 John 2:9-11 – “Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”

1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 13 – “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Matthew 5:43-48 – ““You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

III. Remember and repent (v. 5-7)

Mark 1:15 – “and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

8/23/15 – Praying Earnestly and Regularly

Raying Earnestly and Regularly

John Stange

Acts 12:1-19

I. Being prompted to pray by crisis (v. 1-5)

Isaiah 26:3 – “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

II. Developing confidence in God’s hand at work (v. 6-11)

III. God will utterly amaze you (v. 12-19)

8/16/15 – The Priesthood of All Believers

The Priesthood of All Believers

John Stange

1 Peter 2:1-12

I. Growing up in our salvation (v. 1-8)

Romans 12:1 – “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

Hebrews 13:15-16 – “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

II. A life that proclaims God’s excellency (v. 9-10)

Hebrews 4:14 – “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”

III. Abstaining from the passions of flesh (v. 11-12)

8/2/15 – A Good Reputation with Outsiders

A Good Reputation with Outsiders 

John Stange

Acts 12:5-16

I. Christ works through his people (v. 12)

II. Believers were held in high esteem (v. 13)

Matthew 5:14-16 –

III. Multitudes of men and women trusted Jesus (v. 14)

IV. Christ accomplished what human strength could not (v. 15-16)

Acts 3:4-8 –

Acts 17:26-27 –

7/26/15 – Assessments That Aren’t Clouded by Worldly Comparisons

Assessments That Aren’t Clouded by Worldly Comparisons

John Stange

2 Corinthians 5:11-21

I. What we are is known to God (v. 11-13)

Revelation 2:3-4 – “I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.”

Revelation 3:8 – “I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”

II. The love of Christ controls us (v. 14-15)

III. We regard no one according to the flesh (v. 16-17)

IV. We are embassadors for Christ (v. 18-21)

7/19/15 – Taking Off the Masks of a False Indentity

Taking Off the Masks of a False Indentity

John Stange

Luke 19:1-10

I. Gaining a greater glimpse of Jesus (v. 1-4)

Matthew 18:3 – “and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

II. Receiving Christ joyfully (v. 5-7)

Revelation 3:20 – “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

Ecclesiastes 7:20 – “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.”

Romans 3:10-12 – “as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”

III. Repenting to Jesus Openly (v. 8-10)

Mark 1:15 – “and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

7/5/15 – A Prevailing Attitude of Joyful Service

A Prevailing Attitude of Joyful Service

John Stange

1 Peter 4:7-11

I. Attitude impacts activity (v. 7-9)

Matthew 20:28 – even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

II. Are you using your strengths or dwelling on your weaknesses? (v. 10)

III. Real joy is found when you stop coveting the glory (v. 11)

Romans 11:36 – For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

6/14/15 – Leaders Displaying Christ’s Character

Leaders Displaying Christ’s Character

John Stange

1 Timothy 3:1-13

I. Leaders who are committed (v. 6, 10)

Acts 6:1-4 – Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

II. Leaders who have conviction (v. 2, 3, 9)

Exodus 20:3 – “You shall have no other gods before me.”

III. Leaders who display competency (v. 2, 4, 5, 12)

2 Timothy 4:2 – Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

IV. Leaders of strong character (v. 7, 8)

6/7/15 – A Belief Centered on the Word

A Belief Centered on the Word

John Stange

2 Timothy 3:10-17

I. There will always be pressure to abandon the Word (v. 10-12)

2 Timothy 3:2-4 – For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

II. Accepting the Word thwarts deception (v. 13-15)

2 Timothy 1:5 – I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.

III. The Word is God-breathed (v. 16-17)

2 Peter 1:21 – For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Luke 24:25-27 – And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

5/31/15 – A Body Centered on Christ

A Body Centered on Christ

John Stange

Ephesians 1:15-23

I. A body that displays Christ-likeness (v. 15-18)

II. A body that is empowered by Christ (v. 19-21)

III. A body in submission to Christ (v. 22-23)

Ephesians 5:21-22 – submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.