Propelled by Grace

May 26, 2019 Speaker: Jeff Bedwell Series: Transformed by the Gospel

Passage: John 15:12–15:16

Transformed By The Gospel

Propelled By Grace

John 15:12-16

If the gospel is transforming us Internally, it will also be propelling us Externally

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Three Things That Lead To Boldness and Fervency in Mission

  1. God’s Plan

God’s grace brings three things into our lives:

  • Conviction of sin
  • Conversion (Reconciliation and Regeneration)
  • Compulsion (Testimony to the saving work of God)

 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”” (Acts 1:8)

“You cannot privatize the fire of God that burns through the life of a disciple.” Dallas Willard

  1. God’s Promise

Boldness in mission comes from Believing the Promise

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”” (John 20:21)

The Great Commission begins with a Great Promise

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:18–20)

  1. God’s Love

We love others in the same way that Christ Loved Us

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2 Corinthians 5:14–15)

Q: Where would you be without Jesus?

Living on mission is an act of Obedience, and it is also an act of Love

Why Do We Sometimes Not Live This Way? 

  • We are walking according to the flesh instead of according to the Spirit

  • Sometimes we care more about what other people think of us than we do someone’s Soul
  • Sometimes we don’t really believe The Gospel
  • Sometimes we don’t really know or relate to anyone who is not Saved
  • Sometimes we are not sure what to Say

Living A Life of Blessing

Begin with prayer

I will pray for the people in my life and the places that I’m in.

“God, give me today (1) an opportunity to speak with someone about Jesus; (2) the wisdom to see it; and (3) the courage to take it.” 

Listen

I will listen to and discover the needs of others and the places where God is at work.

Eat

I will share meals and spend time with people in my life.

Serve

I will respond to the needs of others and help them in practical and impactful ways.

Story

I will share the story of Jesus and what He is doing in my life with others.

Making It Personal:

  • Have I personally been reconciled to God by trusting in the completed work of Jesus Christ on my behalf?
  • How can I remind myself regularly of God’s plan, promise and love?
  • What barriers, beliefs or practices have been keeping me from fulfilling my part in God’s plan? What can I do to overcome these barriers?
  • How can I grow in living a life of BLESSing toward others? What will my next steps be?
  • Who can I share these truths with?

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