KNOW AND GO
Move, Week 2
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Journey Church

 

  • Discipleship means movement
  • You have to know where you stand before you take a step.
    • You have to KNOW before you GO

 

TEXT: Luke 18:9-14 (732)

9 Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: 10 “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ 13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ 14 I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

 

  • Pharisee / stood in place of honor / hands lifted, face toward heaven
    • I am morally superior – and – I am religiously superior
  • Didn’t say, “I thank you that I am not a sinner” because of God’s forgiveness. It was all about his efforts. He was really thanking himself.
  • Spent all of his time justifying himself, but Jesus said he walked away unjustified.
  • Apostle Paul to Timothy – “sinners – of whom I am the worst.” (1 Timothy 1:15 (829)
  • Tax collector / He stood at a distance (edge of the outer court) / head down, beat his chest in anguish
    • Be merciful to me, for I am a sinner
      • Merciful = propitiation (only time in NT) = offering in atonement
        • In other words, do for me what I could never do for myself
      • “A” sinner / actually, “THE” sinner
  • He stood far off and left close to God (the Pharisee stood near and left far from God)
  • One man was SELF-SUFFICIENT, the other was SELF-AWARE
  • Philippians 2:7-9 (819)

 

 

GROWTH STAGES OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

NONE (23% of US adult population, larger % under 30 years old)

  • Not a Christian or religious person
  • No interest in spiritual things
  • May be de-churched or unchurched
  • Possibly hostile toward or more likely apathetic toward Christianity
  • No spiritual habits (prayer, Bible reading, etc.)

SEEKER

  • Not a Christian
  • Some level of interest in Christianity or religion
  • Some interaction with the church (Sundays or small groups) or seeking truth online and in conversations
  • Ambivalent toward Christianity. May respond positively to the church or Christian ideology before they make a commitment to Christ
  • Little to no spiritual habits or practices

EXPLORING CHRISTIAN

  • Often a new Christian, someone who has made a profession of faith in Christ
  • Demonstrable level of interest in Christianity
  • Positive about Christianity, trying to figure out what it means to follow Jesus
  • Important core beliefs: Salvation by grace, the Trinity, a personal God, Christ is first, authority of the Bible
  • Church: Sundays, small groups, serving
  • Spiritual Habits: Learning basics of Bible reading, prayer, etc.

GROWING CHRISTIAN

  • Been a Christian for a while, think of themselves as a Christian, or follower of Jesus (not just as a “__________” (denomination) or “____” (name of church) attendee
  • Philosophically aligned with Christianity and Christian teaching
  • Important core beliefs: Personal God, evangelism, identity in Christ, salvation by grace, authority of Bible, Christ is first
  • Church: Serve those in need through my church, small groups, Sundays, and adult education on spiritual topics
  • Spiritual habits: Growing in consistency, tithing, reflection, prayer for guidance

MATURING CHRISTIAN

  • Deeply grounded faith in Christ (comes with experience)
  • Embrace a biblical worldview (Bible, not culture, instructs their beliefs and understanding of truth)
  • Important core beliefs: Giving away my life, Christ is first, identity in Christ, authority of Bible, stewardship of all things
  • Church (Central to life): serve those in need through my church, additional worship or teaching services or opportunities
  • Spiritual habits: reflection on Scripture, tithing, solitude, Bible reading
    • Seeking to live a “Christ-centered” life
    • Next steps often involve helping others in their journey

 

  • Where are you at in your journey?

 

  • BIG THREE:
    • What is YOUR next step toward Christ?
    • WHO or WHAT can help you to take that step?
    • Who are you helping to take THEIR next step?

 

  • Know where you stand so you can take your next step (next week – how)

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