Episode Notes

Connect Culture Pt 2 – Kerrin Wallis [17/06/2018 AM]

Christ centred living - Pt 1

Key Scripture

Ephesians 2:19-22 (NIV)

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Theme of Message

To live our lives within God’s family having a Christ-centred focus.

Introduction

We need to live with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone.

Living our lives Christ-centred enables us to live as members of God’s family. Each of us has our part to play – living our lives by what we can give, not what we can get, serving one another.

We need to be careful not to have a self-centred approach to God. Finding God’s filter lens helps us see ourselves as He sees us.

Mark 10:45 (NIV)

45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Main Points with scriptures

If we misunderstand who God is, we focus on living our lives self-centred.

  • Program-centred (Mat 7:22-23)
    • God wants to know you – not what you do but who you are.
    • When the disciples learned the principle of relationship based living, it changed their lives and the church expanded rapidly because of their testimonies.
  • Rule-centred
    • God didn’t intend for us to live by rules. He said to “Love God and love your neighbour”
    • Mark 12:30-3130

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.Don’t replace rules for relationships. God desires relationship with us.

  • Community-centred
    • We are called to preach the Gospel and make disciples – Go don’t huddle
    • We exist to preach the Gospel, to bring flavour to the world by being light and salt 

Conclusion

We need to be Christ-centred – not program/rule/community centred.

We need to live in the power of the Christian life.

God is good and His plan for you is good.

We need to find God’s filter to be able to measure our life through His filter.

See ourselves as God sees us – in Jesus.

Suggestions for Discussion Questions

  1. What does it mean to make Jesus Christ the cornerstone of your life?
  2. What happens if we misunderstand who God is?
  3. God wants to know you not what you do. Discuss
  4. How do you find God’s filter lens?