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What does it mean to a follower of Jesus? Is it more than simply believing, or reading the Bible, or praying, or being religious?

In this series we discover what it means to be a truly devoted follower of Jesus… we learn what it means to be all in.

LOVING ALL IN

PASTOR MONTE YOUNG | 9/6/2015

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Four key components on the journey of going all in:

1. LOVE

2. GROW

3. SERVE

4. SHARE

(1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT) So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the LORD, for you know that nothing you do for the LORD is ever useless.

LOVING THE MISSION

(Matthew 28:19-20a, NLT) “Go and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you…”

• A disciple is a FOLLOWER of Jesus

• As disciples of Jesus, our Vision is to CONNECT PEOPLE WITH GOD

Jesus’ Mission for every believer:

1. KNOW GOD

2. FIND FREEDOM

3. DISCOVER PURPOSE 

4. MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The NOLA strategy for accomplishing His Mission:

1. WORSHIP EXPERERIENCES

2. SMALL GROUPS

3. NEXT STEPS

4. DREAM TEAM

LOVING THE GOSPEL

• The Gospel doesn’t COST anything, but it DEMANDS everything

• The Gospel is the GOOD NEWS about Jesus

(John 3:16-17, NLT) “For this is how GOD loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. GOD sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”

• I respond to GOD’s love for me by loving OTHERS

(Matthew 22:37-40, NLT) “‘You must love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

• When I truly love the Truth of the Gospel, I will love the LOST

FRESH START

(1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT) So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the LORD, for you know that nothing you do for the LORD is ever useless.

Next Step: Love GOD by loving the PEOPLE He loves

“When we begin to grasp the Truth of the Gospel—what Jesus truly did for all of us—we can’t wait to share the Good News with someone else, because when we truly love the Truth of the Gospel, we will love the lost!”

GROWING ALL IN

PASTOR MONTE YOUNG | 9/13/2015

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(1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT) So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the LORD, for you know that nothing you do for the LORD is ever useless.

THERE’S MORE

• Belief is only the beginning… THERE’S MORE

• Jesus’ plan for me is for me to GROWSPIRITUALLY

• For a follower of Jesus growth begins at SALVATION

(1 Corinthians 6:11, NLT) Some of you were once like that (sinners living sinful lives). But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with GOD by calling on the name of the LORD Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our GOD.

Three ways the Holy Spirit helps me grow:

1. I’m FILLED with the Spirit

(Ephesians 5:18, NLT) Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.

2. I’m LED by the Spirit

(Romans 8:14, NLT) For all who are led by the Spirit of GOD are children of GOD.

3. I WALK  in the Spirit

(Galatians 5:16, ESV) …Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Two truths about Spiritual growth:

1. Spiritual growth comes as I ABIDE IN CHRIST

(John 15:5, NKJV) “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

2. Spiritual growth is a LIFELONG journey

(Philippians 1:6, NLT) I am certain that GOD, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Four ways I grow Spiritually at NOLA:

1. PRACTICAL TEACHING

2. LIFE-GIVING RELATIONSHIPS

3. PERSONAL DISCIPLINES

4. PERSONAL MINISTRY

• Another way I grow Spiritually is through PIVOTAL CIRCUMSTANCES

(James 1:2-4, NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

• Every follower of Jesus must take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for their own Spiritual growth

(Hebrews 5:12-6:1a, NLT) You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about GOD’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.

So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding.

FRESH START

(1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT) So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the LORD, for you know that nothing you do for the LORD is ever useless.

Next Steps: Grow SPIRITUALLY and share the GOOD NEWS with someone else

“GOD is calling us to grow in our relationship with Him, but He doesn’t expect us to do this on our own. This is why every follower of Jesus needs the Holy Spirit!”

SERVING ALL IN

PASTOR MONTE YOUNG | 9/20/2015

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(1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT) So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the LORD, for you know that nothing you do for the LORD is ever useless.

SERVING ALL IN

• Serving others comes from the OVERFLOW of my relationship with Jesus

(Mark 10:43-45, NLT) “Among [my disciples] it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

• A true follower of Jesus looks for opportunities to SERVE others

(Romans 12:11-13, MSG) Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectantDon’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy believers; be inventive in hospitality.

WE’RE GIFTED TO SERVE

(1 Peter 4:10, NLT) GOD has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

• It’s GOD’s Plan for me to SERVE

Three barriers to serving:

1. PRIDE

(Proverbs 29:23, NLT) Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.

2. SELFISHNESS

(Philippians 2:3-4, NLT) Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

3. FEAR

(Psalm 118:6, ESV) The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Three ways I can serve at NOLA:

1. DREAM TEAMS

2. SMALL GROUPS

3. LEGACY

FRESH START

(1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT) So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the LORD, for you know that nothing you do for the LORD is ever useless.

Next Step: Serve OTHERS with the same GRACE I’ve received from Jesus

“The closer you get to Him, the more you’ll want to serve others. You’ll look for more opportunities to serve, more reasons to serve, because a true follower of Jesus looks for opportunities to serve others. Not to be noticed, but so that Jesus can be glorified!”

SHARING ALL IN

PASTOR MONTE YOUNG | 9/27/2015

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(1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT) So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the LORD, for you know that nothing you do for the LORD is ever useless.

 

IF I’VE GOT IT, IT’S YOURS

• The Church that Jesus built was firmly rooted in GENEROSITY

(Acts 4:32-35NLT) All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the LORD Jesus, and GOD’s great blessing was upon them allThere were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.

 

Three critical elements of sharing:

1. TIME

(Hebrews 13:16ESV) Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to GOD.

2. TALENT

(1 Peter 4:10NLT) GOD has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

3. TREASURE

(Deuteronomy 26:1-2NLT) When you enter the land the LORD your GOD is giving you as a special possession and you have conquered it and settled there, put some of the first produce from each crop you harvest into a basket and bring it to the designated place of worshipthe place the LORD your GOD chooses for his name to be honored.

 

• Sharing is easy for a follower of Jesus because they trust that JESUS WILL PROVIDE

(Matthew 6:31-33NLT) “Dont worry about these things, saying, What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of GOD above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

 

Three ways I can share at NOLA:

1. Time – SMALL GROUPS

2. Talents – DREAM TEAMS

3. Treasure – TITHES, OFFERINGS & LEGACY

 

FRESH START

(1 Corinthians 15:58NLT) So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the LORD, for you know that nothing you do for the LORD is ever useless.

Next Step: Share generously your TIMETALENTS and TREASURE

“The church that Jesus built was firmly rooted in generosity. They were far from just a place to worship… they were a community dedicated to imitating Jesus Christ.

“How far have we drifted from who they were, and what they did?”