Connect Culture Pt 4 – Kerrin Wallis [01/07/2018 AM]
Christ centred living Pt 3 - Faith-centred living
1 Pet 1 : 6-9
6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Theme of Message
To live a Christ-centred life, we need to live a Faith-centred Life.
Our internal perspective has to be Faith-centred
We must believe that Jesus exists and to focus of what God has said about us.
We always need to be confident in what the Lord says.
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
2 Cor 5 :1-2, 6-7
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven,
6:7 6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight.
When we focus on Jesus it helps us to live as a disciplined follower of Christ.
When we live our lives as:
- Evidence centred
- We focus on what has happened in our lives instead of what Jesus has done for us.
- We need live a Christ-centred Faith-centred life.
Numbers 13:27-33 (NLT)
27 This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. 28 But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea[a] and along the Jordan Valley.”
30 But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!”
31 But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” 32 So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we travelled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. 33 We even saw giants[b] there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!”
Caleb was faith focused on God and he saw the potential in the Promised Land, but all the other spies saw only to negatives.
- Hurt centred
- If we live hurt centred we miss what Jesus has done for us.
- Attack centred – don’t live as a victim of attack
- Don’t point at anyone but Jesus. He is the reason for living
- Feeling and soul centred
- Turn your eyes upon Jesus
- Fad centred
- Focusing on the latest fad takes our focus away from Jesus
- Opinion centred
- Our opinions can lead us in the wrong direction. Don’t look at the negatives. Look to Jesus the author and finisher of our Faith.
- Don’t live in the past. Don’t be stuck in a past time warp
- We have all got a past, but leave it there – in the past. Let it go, it is not your now or your future. We are fresh and new in Christ.
- Know what Jesus has done for you and what we can be today with God’s grace and freedom
- Let it go and live life better now – sin no more. Have a Christ-centred life
2 Cor 5:17 (NKJV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
John 8:10 (NKJV)
10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you.
Make Jesus Christ the centre of your life. Shift Him into the centre of your life.
When Jesus is in the middle of our lives He is our Saviour and our Lord and King.
With Him in control He is our Comforter and Friend.
We need to have a daily relationship with Him.
Your best days are ahead.
Suggestions for Discussion Questions
- What can happen if we don’t live our lives Christ-centred?
- What does being a disciplined follower mean?
- What happens if we focus on the negatives in