The Story

Paul chose to know nothing among the church except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2). For us today, in 2020, that is the main thing we need to know. The power is in the story of Christ's death and resurrection. We also need to be intentional about connecting with our community. 

strategies for connecting with our community

  1. Maximize your two-fers, which are things you already need to do that could double up as an opportunity for outreach. 
  2. Do something you love with people who aren’t connected to Christ or a congregation yet. 
  3. Use painful experiences in your life to connect to other people who are not connected to Christ or a congregation to get their support and also to share your faith perspective. 
  4. Look for opportunities both to serve others and to ask for help from people in your neighborhood.

the story

God is Good - he is filled with love and compassion. We see his goodness and love in creation. Even in the story of Adam and Eve.

  • God walked with them in the garden
  • God desired to be in relationship with his creation - with us.

We see his goodness and love in that God gave humanity a choice - follow him or do it on your own.

Adam and Eve chose to do their own thing

  • They chose to eat the fruit from the tree that God said not to.

That choice - to do things their own way resulted in a divide happening between God and us.

  • A broken relationship - which we have all experienced
  • Rom 3:23 - all have sinned and all fall short of the glory of God

All of us have made the same choice as Adam and Eve We have chosen to do things our own way.

  • Sin - means - to miss the mark
  • Anything in my life that causes me to fall short of the glory of God - is missing the mark - it is sin.
  • Rom 6:23 - the wages of sin is death

The hard thing is that missing the mark of God’s glory has consequences. Death.

When I choose to go my own way - and not follow God, there is a consequence.

But there is good news - the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord

  • 1 John 3:8 - the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
  • Jesus did that by dying on the cross - paying the penalty, for my sin

And not only did he die - he rose again, he came back to life so that we have victory over sin and death.

  • 1 John 2:2 - Jesus is the atonement for my sin
  • In other words - Jesus repairs the broken relationship between us and God.
  • 1 John 4:10 - this is love … God sent his Son - Jesus to die on the cross to repair our broken relationship with him

1 John 2:1–2 (NLT)

1My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. 

2He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.

We are born into a world filled with sin. Our desires and thought process and emotions - our soul is naturally against the heart of God

Our natural tendency is to do things on our own - away from God

  • Thus we sin - we all have sinned
  • You can be in right relationship with God by confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and by believing that God raised Jesus from the dead.