Seek God (2) - Notes
Week 2 - To bring the light of the gospel to many
The church (the people, not the place - both gathered and scattered) is the lamp stand of God’s LIGHT on earth.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.
1. We Live in a DARK World
G.K. Chesterton once said it is surprising that people have rejected the doctrine of original sin because it is the only doctrine that can be empirically verified.
2. But Jesus Is the LIGHT
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
3. And We Are His STARS
The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch
Jesus' strategy is to get a whole lot of little versions of him infiltrating every nook and cranny of society by reproducing himself in and through his people. In short, his aim is to fill the world with lots of "little Jesuses” – an active Christlike presence in every neighborhood and every sphere of life. This is the Conspiracy of Little Jesus.
4. So SHINE for Jesus!
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
How to SHINE? (Dispel the Darkness)
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.The life Jesus gives us isn’t just a quantity of life, but a quality of life, a full life? Are you experiencing this full life or abundant life? Why or why not?
Hold onto the Word of life
Who Me?! How Me?!
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
The ultimate way we shine is through God-Energized OBEDIENCE to His Word. That’s how we are different and constant for Jesus.