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The Power Of One, (Series) Pastor Gary

Outline 1

Pastor Gary

The Power of One (Part 1)

Worship: One Voice

 

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

—Ephesians 4:1–6 nkjv

 There are five purposes of the church:

 

 Ø     Worship: one voice

Ø     Fellowship: one heart

Ø     Maturity: one mind

Ø     Ministry: one body

Ø     Mission: one calling

 

The first and highest purpose of God is worship. Worship is the one purpose we will do for eternity; the other four are primarily for our earthly existence.

 

In Ephesians Paul teaches three main things about worship:

 

1.    Praise is based on adoption (belonging to God): “Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace (Eph. 1:5–6 nkjv).

 

Ø     God is looking for a family, sons and daughters.

Ø     When you are adopted, it means you are someone’s child by choice. God wanted you to be in His family.

Ø     You bring Him pleasure and delight. He is fond of you.

 

When you know you were created to give God pleasure, it makes it easy to praise Him.

 

2.    Praise is based on redemption (forgiven by God): “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace . . . according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself” (Eph. 1:7–9 nkjv).

 

Ø     Redemption means “paid for.” Christ paid for our redemption through His blood.

Ø     Grace means we didn’t deserve it. All of us are flawed sinners who deserve death but have received life.

Ø     God forgave us because of His good pleasure. He delights to forgive us and show us His grace.

 

When you know you were forgiven by the blood of Jesus for God’s pleasure, it makes it easy to praise Him.  

 

3.    Praise is based on inheritance (sealed by God): “In whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory (Eph. 1:13–14 nkjv).

 

Ø     God loved you in the past (adopted), loves you in the present (redeemed), and will love you in the future (sealed).

Ø     He has given you His Holy Spirit of promise to live inside your body so that you will have a guarantee (“engagement ring”) of your future inheritance in heaven.

Ø     The Holy Spirit has sealed you; that is stamped His name on your forehead, placed you under His cover and protection, and given you His power.

 

When you know that you are born of the Spirit and filled with the Spirit, it makes it easy to praise Him.

 

Satan hates your praise.

 

Ø     He tries to embarrass you about your praise: “And David was dancing before the Lord with all his might . . . and she [Michal] despised him in her heart” (2 Sam. 6:14, 16 nasb). You need to physically express your praise!

 

Ø     He tries to shame you about your praise: “But he became angry and was not willing to go in. . . . ‘But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him’ ” (Luke 15:28, 30 nasb). You need to shamelessly express your praise!

 

Ø     He tries to hinder you from your praise: “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God” (Acts 16:25 nasb). You need to faithfully express your praise!

 

—Has Satan stolen your praise by fear, condemnation, or legalism?

—Have circumstances stolen your praise?

—Have you committed yourself to corporate worship with other believers?

 

In all that you do and regardless of circumstances, praise Him!

 

Outline 2

pastor gary

the Power of One (Part 2)

Fellowship: One Heart

 

There are five purposes around which the church unites:

 

Ø     Worship: one voice

Ø     Fellowship: one heart

Ø     Maturity: one mind

Ø     Ministry: one body

Ø     Mission: one calling

 

You can worship within a crowd, but you cannot fellowship alone!

 

There are three dimensions of fellowship in the church:                                                                                                                                                

1.    Citizens: your relationship to all believers

 

v   “You are fellow citizens with the saints” (Eph. 2:19 nasb).

v   Your citizenship is based on the cross (v. 16).

 

2.    Members: your relationship to your local church

 

v   We are “fellow members of the body” (Eph. 3:6 nasb).

v   “From whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies” (Eph. 4:16 nasb).

 

3.    Friends: your relationship to a small group

 

v   Friendships should include truth; that is, transparency, honesty, working through conflict (Eph. 4:25–27).

v   Friendships should also include grace; that is, giving, edifying, forgiving (Eph. 4:28–32).

 

How does fellowship work?

 

1.    Friends: “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15 niv).

 

ü    Spiritual support: Jesus had a small group that He prayed for daily. We should pray for our spiritual family to be kept from the evil one (John 17:15).

ü    Social support: “Do life” with your small group. Call one another, meet weekly, support one another in events and challenges, celebrate and eat together (Acts 2:46).

 

2. Members: “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them” (Rom. 12: 5–6 nkjv).

 

ü    Participate in your church’s basic membership class.

ü    Discover your spiritual gifts and use them to build up others.

ü    Support your church by praying, inviting others to services, and giving of your time and money.

 

3. Citizens: “That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:21 nkjv).

 

ü    Within the church, refuse thoughts of separation and superiority between genders, generations, races, and denominations. Instead, bring any such divisions to the cross.

ü    Promote the work of other believers, churches, and nations as part of the body of Christ.

Outline 3

pastor gary

The Power of One (Part 3)

Maturity: One Mind

 

God wants His church to be characterized by the following:

 

Ø     Worship: one voice

Ø     Fellowship: one heart

Ø     Maturity: one mind

Ø     Ministry: one body

Ø     Mission: one calling

 

Maturity is to be like Christ.

 

“Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ” (Eph. 4:13–15 nkjv).

 

Here are seven qualities of maturity in Christ:

 

1.    Mature in relationships: “Then He went down with them . . . and was subject to them” (Luke 2:51 nkjv).

 

§        All problems in relationships come from immaturity.

§        Maturity is demonstrated in submission to authority, controlling your tongue, and walking in love. First Corinthians 13:11 says, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

 

2.    Mature in the Word: “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52 nkjv).

 

§        Even as a child, Jesus could refute the teachers of the law (v. 47).

§        Maturity is knowledge of the doctrines of the Bible and how to apply them to your everyday life (2 Tim. 3:16). In our church, we have Discovery classes after the Journey class to help believers mature in their faith.

§        Every believer should have a disciplined daily quiet time that includes prayer and Bible reading. Some have found the SPACEPETS acronym a helpful tool in their Bible reading. Each letter deals with a specific area of your relationship with God: sins, promises, attitudes, commands, examples, prayer, error, truth, and something to praise for.

 

3.    Mature in the will of God: “It came to pass that Jesus also was baptized” (Luke 3:21 nkjv).

 

§        Maturity is seen in obedience. Jesus submitted to water baptism because it was the perfect will of God (see Rom. 12:2).

§        Every believer ought to be water baptized.

 

4.    Mature in the Spirit of God: “Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit . . . was led by the Spirit into the wilderness” (Luke 4:1 nkjv).

 

§        Every believer needs to be filled with the Spirit and walk every moment with Him in charge.

§        Every believer ought to seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

 

5.    Mature in trials and temptations: “. . . being tempted for forty days by the devil” (Luke 4:2).

 

§        Satan is a master deceiver, even using the Scriptures to tempt Jesus. You must grow up in your ability to discern temptation and endure tribulation.

§        Every believer needs support and accountability.

 

6.    Mature in purpose: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor” (Luke 4:18 nkjv).

 

§        Jesus was very focused on accomplishing His life’s purpose. Immaturity wastes time; maturity measures time. You must know your purpose and get it done.

§        All believers need to know their gifts and calling.

 

7.    Mature in sacrifice: “And whoever does not bear His cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:27 nkjv).

 

§        Jesus came to sacrifice Himself on the cross.

§        The cross is the place where you too lay down your life for others. You must be willing to die, if necessary, so that others might live.

 

Outline 4

pastor gary

The Power of One (Part 4)

Ministry: One Body

 

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ . . . from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

—Ephesians 4:11–12, 16 nkjv

 

There are five purposes of the church:

 

Ø     Worship: one voice

Ø     Fellowship: one heart

Ø     Maturity: one mind

Ø     Ministry: one body (finding your place in Christ’s body)

Ø     Mission: one calling

 

There are five main ministry gifts:

 

o       Apostles: leadership and structure

o       Prophets: worship and motivation

o       Evangelists: outreach and the supernatural

o       Pastors: compassion and connection

o       Teachers: doctrine and discipleship

 

We can envision the body of Christ something like this:

 

**Christ is the head over all.

**Apostles and prophets are the two feet, the foundation upon

     which the church is built.

**Evangelists and teachers are the arms, extending the reach of the kingdom.

**Pastors are the heart, loving and caring for the rest of the body.

 

Where do you fit in the body of Christ?

 

“For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness” (Rom. 12:4–8 nkjv).

 

Whatever particular expression of gift you possess, it will fit into one of these five categories:

 

1. Apostolic: Your passion is leadership and giving.

2. Prophetic: Your passion is prophetic worship and prayer.

3. Evangelistic: Your passion is community and world outreach.

4. Pastoral: Your passion is mercy and serving.

5. Teaching: Your passion is teaching and life development.

 

ü     The average believer has 500–700 different skills and abilities!

ü     God used people in the Bible in many different fields: artistry, architecture, administration, baking, boat making, embroidering, engraving, fishing, gardening, making music, making weapons, being a soldier, tailoring, teaching, and writing literature and poetry, to name only a few.

 

“It is God Himself who made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago He planned that we should spend these lives in helping others” (Eph. 2:10 tlb).

 

What is your SHAPE?

 

1.          Spiritual gifts: God gives you certain spiritual gifts.

2.          Heart: This is why you feel and act the way you do. It is what moves you.

3.          Abilities: These are the natural talents God gives you.

4.          Personality: This is the way you express your gift.

5.          Experiences: These include educational, vocational, spiritual, and even painful experiences that have shaped your life.

How can you serve in the local church?

1.    Go through the Journey class for new members.

2.    Do a SHAPE interview with one of the ministry directors.

3.    You qualify, so get started!

 

Outline 5

pastor gary

The Power of One (Part 5)

Mission: One Calling

 

There are five purposes of the church:

 

Ø     Worship: one voice — You are a worshiper.

Ø     Fellowship: one heart — You are a member.

Ø     Maturity: one mind — You are a disciple.

Ø     Ministry: one body — You are a minister.

Ø     Mission: one calling — You are a messenger.

 

The first four purposes happen within the church. The last purpose, however, happens outside the church.

 

Our calling is clear: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:19–20 nkjv).

 

Why should we care about the world?

 

ü     Half the world lives on $2 a day; 1 billion live on $1 a day. In Rwanda people live on 68 cents a day; that is about $250 a year, which is only 1 percent of what an average American lives on!

ü     Every day around the world, 30,000 children die from preventable diseases.

ü     Half the world cannot read or write. The Internet is useless to them.

ü     Almost 2 billion worldwide have never heard of Jesus. In India alone, 500,000 villages have never heard the gospel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the solution?

 

1.    We need a big vision (Acts 1:8).

 

v    We need to include four dimensions of outreach: Jerusalem (our city), Judea (our state), Samaria (our nation), and the uttermost parts (our world). We should have outreach to all four.

v    Like Abraham, we need to enlarge our vision from a “tent” mentality to a “count the stars” mentality.

v    We must make the shift from “serve us” to “service.”

v    “It is too small a thing . . . to raise up the tribes of Jacob. . . . I will also give you as a light to the Gentiles. . . . my salvation to the ends of the earth” (Isa. 49:6 nkjv).

2.    We must engage in spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:12).

 

v    Big demons guard big treasures. Without spiritual warfare in prayer, the 10/40 Window will remain off limits to the gospel.

v    Paul told us to pray for him as an ambassador (vv. 19–20).

v    Satan hinders (“cuts a ditch in the road”) missionary efforts to reach the unreached (Rom. 15:19–22).

 

3.    We need a simple strategy (Luke 10).

 

ü     Seventy (v. 1): Everyone is qualified.

ü     Two by two (v. 1): Groups are better.

ü     Pray (v. 2): Prayer starts evangelism.

ü     Faith (v. 4): God will provide.

ü     Son of peace (v. 6): Find a key, influential person.

ü     Find a house (v. 7): The gospel moves in homes.

ü     Heal the sick (v. 9): Move in the supernatural.

ü     Ignore rejection (v. 10): They are not rejecting you.

 

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19 nkjv).