Pastor Steve Williams : Called to Belong

Kaleo · 44:14 · Recorded September 29, 2019

Called To Belong

Ephesians 4:1 (NIV) “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”

The call you took

It’s not just to believe, but also to belong.

Romans 1:6 (NIV) You also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:19 (TLB) Now you are no longer strangers to God and foreigners to heaven, but you are members of God’s very own family, citizens of God’s country, and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.

It’s not a destination or occupation, but a life-journey with God.

1 Corinthians 7:17 (MSG) Don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there.

It’s a journey into the personhood of Jesus himself.

Ephesians 4:13-15 (NLT) …Until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ…growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.

Romans 8:29 (MSG) God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.

John 13:34-35 (CSB) “Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Loving others Jesus-style

See the New Testament “One Anothers” list – download a copy at: northpointe.org/oneanothers

Romans 12:13-18 (NIV) Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

1. I’ll seek to develop EMPATHY for others.

2. I accept the demands of MUTUALITY with others.

Taking on its’ challenges!

Enjoying the adventure of it!

Discovering its blessings & rewards!

3. I’ll work at good HARMONY with others.

4. I’m choosing the way of HUMILITY toward others.

Ephesians 4:2 (NIV) Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Letting Jesus live & love through me.

Some great Scriptures on our “calling”

1 Corinthians 1:9 (TEV) God is to be trusted, the God who called you to have fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.

1 Corinthians 7:15 (NIV) God has called us to live in peace.

Galatians 5:13 (NLT) You have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.

Ephesians 4:4 (NLT) You have been called to one glorious hope for the future.

1 Thessalonians 4:7 (NIV) God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.

1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

1 Peter 2:20-21 (NIV) If you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

1 Peter 3:8-9 (NIV) Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

  • What’s the biggest “aha” you’ve had about your own calling in Christ as a result of this series thus far?

  • When did you come to realize how much of your life you owed to others?

  • What are the upside benefits and downside risks to doing life “solo?” Of “belonging” with others?

  • Look at the list of 66 New Testament “One Anothers” Steve provided. (Available for download at northpointe.org/oneanothers) Which of these do you find you need most from others? Find it easiest to offer others? Wish you were better at practicing?

  • As you look over the list of New Testament “One Anothers,” pick two or three that obviously require us to “grow up” into Christlikeness. What qualities of Jesus do the ones you’ve chosen emulate? Why do you think they’re important to God?

  • After reviewing the points from this message, what do you think God is calling you to do about this message? How can your group pray for or assist you with this?

  • Elementary Parents, today we talked about BELONGING to God and BELONGING to others who are on God’s Team. We can’t earn our way onto the team; we are freely offered a place through Jesus. Ask kids who met Jesus in our Bible story today. (Zacchaeus) Where was Zacchaeus when Jesus found him? (In a tree so he could see over the crowd) When Zacchaeus met Jesus his heart was changed. He went from being selfish to being selfless. Our bottom-line today is God made US to love others.

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