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Pastor Shane Ham : The Charge of the Church

Transition · 45:54 · Recorded November 15, 2020

The Charge of the Church

2 Timothy 3:10-17, 4:1-5 (NLT2) 10But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. 11You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured… 12Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived. 14But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15You have been taught the holy Scriptures … and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work… 4: I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom: 2Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 3For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4They will reject the truth and chase after myths. 5But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

We are:

Image Bearers – a distinct lifestyle God expects.

2 Corinthians 2:15 (NLT2) Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.

Message Sharers – a specific message God wants delivered.

Reflecting God’s Image:

1. Your lifestyle becomes Gospel-oriented.

Romans 1:16 (NIV) I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

Colossians 1:5-6 (MaceNT) …the preaching of the truth, that is, the gospel: …where it produces its effects, and increases, as it does also among you, ever since you sincerely embrac’d the divine favour…

Titus 2:12 (NCV) It teaches us not to live against God nor to do the evil things the world wants to do. Instead, that grace teaches us to live now in a wise and right way and in a way that shows we serve God.

The Gospel changes the way you see yourself.

The Gospel changes the way you see others.

The Gospel changes your view of religion.

The Gospel changes your values.

Matthew 20:26-28 (NIV) “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave– just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

2. You’re radically generous.

John 3:16 (NIV) “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.”

1 John 3:16-17 (NASB) We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?

Matthew 13:44-46 (NIV) “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”

3. You’re in the active pursuit of holiness.

Romans 5:5 (NIV) God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Romans 8:4, 9 (NCV) He did this so that we could be the kind of people the law correctly wants us to be… Now we do not live according our sinful selves, but we live following the spirit… you are ruled by the spirit, if that spirit of god really lives in you.

4. You’re enthusiastic to communicate hope!

1 Timothy 4:10 (NASB) For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

Romans 5:5 (NCV) God has poured out his love to fill our hearts. He gave us his love through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to us.

Colossians 1:22-23 (NIV) But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation– if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

strong>2 Timothy 3:10-17, 4:1-5 (NLT2) 10But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. 11You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured… 12Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived. 14But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15You have been taught the holy Scriptures … and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work… 4: I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom: 2Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. 3For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4They will reject the truth and chase after myths. 5But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

We are:

Image Bearers – a distinct lifestyle God expects.

2 Corinthians 2:15 (NLT2) Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.

Message Sharers – a specific message God wants delivered.

Reflecting God’s Image:

1. Your lifestyle becomes Gospel-oriented.

Romans 1:16 (NIV) I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

Colossians 1:5-6 (MaceNT) …the preaching of the truth, that is, the gospel: …where it produces its effects, and increases, as it does also among you, ever since you sincerely embrac’d the divine favour…

Titus 2:12 (NCV) It teaches us not to live against God nor to do the evil things the world wants to do. Instead, that grace teaches us to live now in a wise and right way and in a way that shows we serve God.

The Gospel changes the way you see yourself.

The Gospel changes the way you see others.

The Gospel changes your view of religion.

The Gospel changes your values.

Matthew 20:26-28 (NIV) “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave– just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

2. You’re radically generous.

John 3:16 (NIV) “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.”

1 John 3:16-17 (NASB) We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?

Matthew 13:44-46 (NIV) “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”

3. You’re in the active pursuit of holiness.

Romans 5:5 (NIV) God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Romans 8:4, 9 (NCV) He did this so that we could be the kind of people the law correctly wants us to be… Now we do not live according our sinful selves, but we live following the spirit… you are ruled by the spirit, if that spirit of god really lives in you.

4. You’re enthusiastic to communicate hope!

1 Timothy 4:10 (NASB) For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

Romans 5:5 (NCV) God has poured out his love to fill our hearts. He gave us his love through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to us.

Colossians 1:22-23 (NIV) But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation– if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

    Talk It Over…
    • Shane talked about being “image bearers” and gave an example of a rock and a mirror. Which are you? What can others see reflected in your life? Do you need to step closer to God so that the image in the mirror is clearer? Do you need to turn back around so you’re facing the mirror again? Don’t wait – take those steps today! We’re here to help. Text “today” to 58124 to receive information on beginning a relationship with Jesus.

    • How do you sum up the “joy news” in just a couple of sentences? Think back to what Shane shared about Jesus knowing what it was like to be human. Talk about this in your group or with a friend and develop an explanation of the “joy news” that you can easily share with someone.

    • Of the four changes that Shane listed in point #1, what has been the biggest change in your life? In what ways have you seen/identified that change? Write these down in your journal, speak them out loud to a friend or your small group, thank God for his life-changing love and power!

    • Reread John 3:16 and 1 John 3:16-17. This is how the ‘joy news’ talks about generosity. How has this type of generosity taken root in your life? Where do you see and feel God at work in this area of your life? What change have you seen the Gospel make in your life when it comes to sharing your life, your time, your gifts, your finances, your love?

    • Discuss in your group the difference between the Gospel definition of hope and the American definition. With which hope do you approach each day?

    • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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  • Shane talked about being “image bearers” and gave an example of a rock and a mirror. Which are you? What can others see reflected in your life? Do you need to step closer to God so that the image in the mirror is clearer? Do you need to turn back around so you’re facing the mirror again? Don’t wait – take those steps today! We’re here to help. Text “today” to 58124 to receive information on beginning a relationship with Jesus.

  • How do you sum up the “joy news” in just a couple of sentences? Think back to what Shane shared about Jesus knowing what it was like to be human. Talk about this in your group or with a friend and develop an explanation of the “joy news” that you can easily share with someone.

  • Of the four changes that Shane listed in point #1, what has been the biggest change in your life? In what ways have you seen/identified that change? Write these down in your journal, speak them out loud to a friend or your small group, thank God for his life-changing love and power!

  • Reread John 3:16 and 1 John 3:16-17. This is how the ‘joy news’ talks about generosity. How has this type of generosity taken root in your life? Where do you see and feel God at work in this area of your life? What change have you seen the Gospel make in your life when it comes to sharing your life, your time, your gifts, your finances, your love?

  • Discuss in your group the difference between the Gospel definition of hope and the American definition. With which hope do you approach each day?

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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