Ok, so we’ve all heard about Jesus. But, do we really know Who He Is?

What’s His role in GOD’s Story, and how does the Truth about Him impact our lives today?

WHY IS HE WORTH FOLLOWING?

PS MONTE | 3/4/2018

SERMON NOTES

COLOSSIANS 1:9-10 NLT We ask GOD to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the LORD, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know GOD better and better.

Paul is addressing a Judaic-Gnostic heresy that sought to mix Greek philosophy with Christian theology

WHO IS JESUS AND WHY IS HE WORTH FOLLOWING?

COLOSSIANS 1:9a NLT We ask GOD to give you complete knowledge of his will

JESUS WANTS YOU TO KNOW HIS WILL,
BUT HE WANTS YOU TO KNOW HIM FIRST

Blind obedience will only get you so far

COLOSSIANS 1:15-22 NLT Christ is the visible image of the invisible GOD. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him GOD created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can't see, such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.

Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

JESUS IS the Creator

Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body.

JESUS IS the Head of the Church

He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.

JESUS IS the Supreme GOD

For GOD in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ

JESUS IS the Fullness of GOD

through him GOD reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ's blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from GOD. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

JESUS IS the One Who Reconciles

NEXT STEP

COLOSSIANS 1:123a NLT But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don't drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.

TAKE-AWAY

JESUS IS GOD

Every day this week, write down something you know about Jesus, then pray and ask Him to reveal Himself to you in that way

Jesus already loves you more than you can ever know and He has so much more for you

If you're already a member of the church take your NEXT Step to find your place on the Team and get involved

stepONE - Come see GOD's Plan for connecting every believer with a Life-giving congregation

WHY DOES HE CARE ABOUT ME?

MICHAEL MOORE | 3/11/2018

SERMON NOTES

Who is Jesus? Why does He care about me?

COLOSSIANS 1:9b NLT We ask GOD to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.

When we see better WHO He is, we will better understand WHAT He does

COLOSSIANS 2:9-10a NLT For in Christ lives all the fullness of GOD in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ

Acts 17 NLT While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city.. (It should be explained that all the Athenians as well as the foreigners in Athens seemed to spend all their time discussing the latest ideas.) So Paul, standing before the council, addressed them as follows: Men of Athens, I notice that you are very religious in every way, for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: 'To an Unknown God.' This GOD, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I'm telling you about.

He is the GOD who made the world and everything in it. Since he is LORD of heaven and earth, he doesn't live in man-made temples, and human hands can't serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.

From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.

His purpose was for the nations to seek after GOD and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him-though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.' And since this is true, we shouldn't think of GOD as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone.

GOD overlooked people's ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.

JOHN 21:17 (Michael's words) Jesus asked Peter for the third time, Peter, do you love me? Peter answered, LORD, You know everything and You know that I love You. Jesus, looking at him, says, Tend my sheep

Who is Jesus?

The creator and redeemer of your life

Why does He care?

Because you have GOD-breathed life to be His companion or the friend of GOD

Love is action

Jesus loves you and if you love Him, then you will live a life of response

WHY DOES HIS LIFE MATTER TO ME?

PS MONTE | 3/18/2018

SERMON NOTES

COLOSSIANS 1:9-10 NLT We ask GOD to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the LORD, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know GOD better and better.

WHY?

Paul is addressing a Judaic-Gnostic heresy that sought to mix Greek philosophy with Christian theology

WHO IS JESUS… AND WHY DOES HIS LIFE MATTER TO ME?

COLOSSIANS 1:9-10a NLT We ask GOD to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. THEN…
…the way you live will always honor and please the LORD…

JESUS GIVES YOU FREEDOM TO LIVE ANOTHER LIFE

You already have GOD’s affection

When you’re living in your GOD-Purpose, your life is free from obligation

You don’t have to live bound by the desires, afflictions or limitations of your old life

COLOSSIANS 3:1-4 NLT Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven… For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in GOD. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

When you receive New Life in Jesus:

•You die to your old life
•Christ is your Life

LIVING A DIFFERENT LIFE

Two ways to live a different life:

1. Put off the desires of your old life

COLOSSIANS 3:5-9 NLT So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of GOD is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.

Paul challenges us to kill our sinful nature… not to coddle it

2. Live your New Life

COLOSSIANS 3:10-11 NLT Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

This doesn’t simply happen… this transformation requires your involvement

•Learn Him
•Become like Him

NEXT STEP

TAKE-AWAY

My life matters because I belong to Jesus

Begin every day this week by asking Jesus to show you how much you mean to Him,

then throughout the day, set aside time to thank Him for His love for you

VALUES

NEVER SETTLE

You’ve received a brand New Life… refuse to settle for your old desires, addictions, and struggles…

VISION

DISCOVER PURPOSE - Develop Your Leadership

If you’re already saved, are you leading other people to a deeper walk with Jesus?

stepTHREE - Come see how Jesus wants to use you to save the world

HOW DOES HIS STORY CHANGE MY STORY?

PS MONTE | 3/25/2018

SERMON NOTES

COLOSSIANS 1:9-10 NLT We ask GOD to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the LORD, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know GOD better and better.

WHY?

Paul is addressing a Judaic-Gnostic heresy that sought to mix Greek philosophy with Christian theology

WHO IS JESUS… AND HOW DOES HIS STORY CHANGE MY STORY?

COLOSSIANS 1:10b NLT your life will produce every kind of good fruit.

JESUS WANTS YOUR LIFE TO MATTER

Jesus didn't create you to simply exist. He created you for Legacy

COLOSSIANS 3:12-15 NLT Since GOD chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the LORD forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

GOD CHOSE YOU.. LIVE THAT WAY!

Put on new clothes

LIVE A LIFE THAT MATTERS

COLOSSIANS 3:16 NLT Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to GOD with thankful hearts.

MAKE THE MESSAGE OF JESUS THE BIGGEST PART OF YOUR LIFE

As His Life changes you, your life will overflow onto other people

COLOSSIANS 3:17 NLT And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the LORD Jesus.

WHEN YOU BELONG TO JESUS, YOUR LIFE REPRESENTS HIM TO THE WORLD

People are watching you. What do they see?

Three ways your life will change the world

1. Say His words

Our words hurt, marginalize and discriminate… His words heal

2. Live a thankful life

Respond to the grace and mercy you've received with thankfulness

3. Do His deeds

Jesus lived every moment on-Mission and He lived in constant surrender to GOD's Purpose

NEXT STEP

TAKE-AWAY

The way I live my life is evidence of my relationship with Him.

Ask Jesus to show you the areas of your life that don't shine His Light and Love, then surrender them to Him

HAVE FUN

The best life you could ever live is the Life Jesus designed for you

VISION

MAKE A DIFFERENCE - Join the Team

It's easy to feel overwhelmed when you're trying to make a difference by yourself

stepFOUR - See how much fun you can have living for Jesus