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CMIN 101 (Fa '16) T02 - Believe in the Call and Power of God

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Hartmut Scherer

on 1 September 2016

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Transcript of CMIN 101 (Fa '16) T02 - Believe in the Call and Power of God

Believe in the
Call and Power of God

Part I: Seeing the Big Picture
Part II: Reaching out to People
Part III: Displaying Christ in You
Part IV: Helping Someone Home
Seeing the Big Picture
- see God’s story in history
- see how the community of believers is included in
his story
- we ought to live as faithful witnesses
Believe in the Call and Power of God
- Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (ESV)
What was going on when Jesus spoke these words?
Testimony of Sabrina Kébli
Why was the command and promise in vv. 4-5 important to the work he would ultimately do through them?
- because only new people can be witnesses to Christ
- because we can only be witnesses in the power of
the Holy Spirit
What kind of power is Jesus speaking here?
In verse 8, Jesus describes 4 spheres in which his disciples are to be witnesses. What are those spheres?
Kingdom Principles
Intention of parables:
- cause us to think (only true for those with a
receptive heart)
to guide disciples into an understanding of the kingdom
Group A: Find kingdom principles in Matthew 13:1-9
Group B: Find kingdom principles in Matthew 13:24-30
Sample Principles
- not all are chosen by God (see Matt 22:14)
- sin/pollution comes out of the heart (Mark 7:21)
How the kingdom begins (Matt. 13:1-9)
- only the word can produce kingdom fruit
- receive the word with a receptive heart
The Word that changes us
is what also changes others.
How the kingdom develops (Matt. 13:24-30)
- surprise #1: God’s kingdom is not alone
- surprise #2: Jesus didn’t come to wipe out the enemy
- surprise #3: we are NOT responsible for weeding
Don’t worry about the weeds.
Just keep growing more wheat.
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