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Relationships can be hard work, and sometimes it’s easy to feel disconnected… even when you’re surrounded by people.

 

Jesus wants you to know that it’s His Plan that you experience truly authentic relationships… all you have to do is connect the pieces.

PART 1 - CONNECTING THE PIECES OF AUTHENTIC FAITH

PS MONTE | 2/11/2018

SERMON NOTES

CONNECTING THE PIECES OF AUTHENTIC FAITH

I go to church… isn’t that enough to show that I love Jesus?

There’s a difference between authentic Faith and religion

MATTHEW 22:36-40 NLT Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses? Jesus replied, '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.

FAITH BEGINS WITH YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR ROLE IN YOUR SPIRITUALITY

To build healthy spirituality we have to be present in the process

FAITH IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE FAITH ATTRACTS AND DEVELOPS OTHER BELIEVERS

To build healthy spirituality we must be aware of how our own Spirituality impacts the lives of others

People who have difficulty trusting others actually have very little faith in themselves.

Your spirituality is fully formed when you're connected to other people

You need to be developed, and you need to develop others

THE FOCUS OF OUR FAITH CONNECTS THE PIECES OF OUR SPIRITUALITY

To build healthy spirituality we have be connected to Jesus

Do you really know Him personally, or do you just know about Him?

Your Spirituality must be built on the foundation of Who He is

MAKING THE CONNECTION

3 Critical Connections for Authentic Faith Relationships

• Internal Connection

• External Connection

• Eternal Connection

NEXT STEPS

TAKE-AWAY

My relationships with other believers are a direct reflection of my relationship with Jesus

The closer I am to Him, the stronger and more authentic are my relationships with others

The closer I get to Jesus the more I’ll open myself to other people

GOD’s Plan is for us to discover who we are in Him.

Then develop Life-giving relationships with people who will keep us accountable to Character of Jesus

PROVERBS 27:17 NLT As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

stepTWO - Come discover who Jesus designed you to be

PART 2 - CONNECTING THE PIECES OF AUTHENTIC FRIENDSHIPS

CRESLEY PIERCE | 2/18/2018

SERMON NOTES

THE PIECES OF AUTHENTIC FRIENDSHIPS

1. Ourselves
If we want friends we have to be friendly

2. Others
Accept others where they are

8 Ways to Build Authentic Friendships

• Don’t Brag

PROVERBS 27:1-2 NKJV Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth. Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

Be the person that praises your friends and family rather than one-uping their best story

• Don’t Envy

PROVERBS 27:4 NKJV Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?

• Be forthright

PROVERBS 27:5-6 NKJV Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

• Don’t forsake your roots

PROVERBS 27:8 NKJV Like a bird that wanders from its nest is a man who wanders from his place.

• Stay close

PROVERBS 27:9-10 NKJV Ointment and perfume delight the heart, And the sweetness of a man's friend gives delight by hearty counsel. Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend, Nor go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.

• Have Great Timing

PROVERBS 27:14 NKJV He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, It will be counted a curse to him.

• Add value

PROVERBS 27:17 NKJV As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

• Don’t be moved by flattery

PROVERBS 27:21 NKJV The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, And a man is valued by what others say of him.

3. Jesus
The closer we get to Jesus the stronger our friendships with other people will be

PROVERBS 18:24 NKJV A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

MAKING THE CONNECTION

To have healthy friendships we need to…
Make the time and effort to be friendly
Accept people the way they are
Realize our relationship with Jesus makes all other relationships better

PART 3 - CONNECTING THE PIECES OF AUTHENTIC FAMILY

PS MONTE & OLGA | 2/25/2018

SERMON NOTES

(Psalm 18:20-24, MSG) GOD made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together, he gave me a fresh start.

Now I’m alert to GOD ways; I don’t take GOD for granted. Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step.

GOD rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.

• Repentance begins with CONFESSION, is followed by REJECTION of my sin,

and then my DESIRES begin to change

THE PURSUIT

• I PURSUE what FULFILLS me

(Psalm 51:7-9, NLT) Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.

• Repentance changes my mind about what I DESIRE

DESIRING PURITY

(Psalm 51:10-12, NLT) Create in me a clean heart, O GOD. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation make me willing to obey you.

• Repentance cleanses me from the IMPURITY OF SIN

• Repentance renews my SPIRIT by making me LOYAL to Jesus rather than my FLESH

• Repentance allows me to desire INTIMACY WITH JESUS more than SELF-FULFILLMENT

• Repentance restores in me the joy of receiving SALVATION

• Repentance gives me the desire to OBEY JESUS

CHOOSING PURITY

(1 John 3:2-3, NKJV) Beloved, now we are children of GOD; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in [Jesus] purifies himself, just as [Jesus] is pure.

• My RELATIONSHIP with Jesus PURIFIES me day-by-day!

NEXT Step:

FAST one day this week, and ask Jesus to REMOVE THE DESIRE of sin from my heart