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
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
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
PART 3 - CONNECTING THE PIECES OF AUTHENTIC FAMILY
PS MONTE & OLGA | 2/25/2018
(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
• 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
(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
(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!
FAST one day this week, and ask Jesus to REMOVE THE DESIRE of sin from my heart