MP4 (Sermon Recording)
One of the challenges for the church is people's wrong mindsets about it when they come to see men rather than Jesus.
The Church is NOT ...
1) A fuel station - just to get filled on Sundays, while that must be our daily life, not just our Sunday life.
We cannot be fruitful through we do the right thing but have a wrong mindset. It is wrong if some people lead the church as a business. The church is not a place you go to, but a family you belong to.
2) A movie theatre - where you come to be entertained.
3) A hospital - where you come just to be healed and stop at that point, thinking that only the pastor has to be committed. My ministry began as a congregation.
Acts 1:1-3 The risen Lord convinced them that He is alive, waiting on us, because God cannot move if we have the wrong mindset. After the resurrection Jesus taught His disciples concerning the church - "speaking of the Kingdom of God" - for 40 days.
The ministry of the church is not just about 'start a church' (bring in people) but more about 'grow as a church' (disciple them to be mature). Having been born again, we all need to change our mindsets. Some of us might love God with our own traditional way of love, based on service and sacrifice like Cain. Sacrifice is not always obedience. Gifts can operate outside of relationship and lose the power to transform lives.
The Church IS ...
1) Ephesians 2:19 Church is a family. We come to church not to perform but to enjoy the family fellowship. So, Sunday is a family day.
2) 1 Peter 2:5 a 'spiritual house made of living stones' - there is a challenge for everyone as a 'living stone' has a free will to choose, if with a wrong mindset. In fact, we need each other, because one stone by itself is very cheap, but put together the house/building has manifold great value.
3) 1 Corinthians 12:12-18 "many members of one body." God set His people in the body as it has pleased Him (v.18). Every member should stick to its own place so it can function well.
Two Things about the Church:
1) Commitment - not abut the pastor but about all of us. Companies need it, the church surely needs it. A Christian life is how you fulfill your calling. To have a fulfilled life we need to go back to God's original design of our life. God gives us money and things as a tool/help to fulfill His call, not a purpose.
Without commitment there is no vision, no trust, no character.
Without trust we cannot keep on moving or grow. Trust is very expensive; it is not for many (just the 12 for Jesus).
2) Family - Confrontation or conflict never separates us. Worst of all, people may leave the church because they have no relationship, they are not people that love God and love each other.
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We are adopted into God's family - a spiritual family.
The Ten Commandments also protects family and honors parenting.
Jesus is the beloved Son of the Father. God is also our Father, and we are -
God's 3 Firstborn Sons -
In Christ God made us His firstborn sons that means Adoption, New Life, New Birth (Eph. 1:5; 2:12; Gal. 4:5-6; 1 Pet. 2:19).
Therefore, let us live like one and act like one, knowing our new identity in Christ Jesus (1 Thess. 2:12; Phil. 1:27; Eph. 4:1; Col. 1:10).
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“Experiencing the Life, Changing Lives”
In this community, NLIF, we will experience Jesus, who is the true life. In these experiences, our way of life will be changed, we ourselves will be transformed and keep growing, and we will become more like Jesus. And through us, many more people will experience Jesus, the true life, and their way of life will be changed, and they themselves will be transformed.
(1) To know Him and to make Him known,
(2) To grow in Christ and to live purposefully, and
(3) To send out and to be sent out.
For LifeNet groups and personal reflection:
1. What was your experience(s) of Jesus (last 12 months)? How did it affect you? Share it with someone in this week.
2. Three practices are shared: (1) To know Him and to make Him known, (2) To grow in Christ and to live purposefully, and (3) To send out and to be sent out. Which one are you interested in most? What will you do to practice it (Make it specific)? What help do you need? Whom will you have the help from?
3. Read John 15:4-5, and imagine the picture. What does the Spirit speak to you? What is your response?
4. Pray about which area(s) you would serve in and through NLIF, this community of believers, and submit “Opportunities to serve”.
NLIF is an International church in Yangon. Come and join our English Sunday worship service.
“Three things that will endure”
(1 Corinthians 13:13) (MP4)
“There are three things that will endure -- faith, hope, and love -- and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)
1. Faith that bears fruit
2. Well-grounded hope
3. Love that never fails
For Lifenet groups and personal reflection
1. What is the difference between having a dream and a well-grounded hope?
2. How do these hopes affect your way of thinking and living?
1) The hope that there is a way of finishing the race (1 Cor 10:13).
2) The hope that one day we would get a crown that will last forever (1 Cor 9:25).
3. Tell your story how you come to know that God loves you, if you have any experiences.
4. Meditate the following words: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)", “Remain in my love. (John 15:9)”, and “I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:16). What do these words mean for you today?
NLIF is an international church in Yangon. Come and join our English Sunday worship service.
We are an evangelical congregation emphasizing Bible centered and Spirit-empowered living. We hope to be a blessing to you.