We had the privilege of having Doug Sider, Executive Director of the Be in Christ Church of Canada, speak to us on the topic of community, continuing with our current Creed message series. Doug desires to help all Be in Christ churches become active places of God’s light, helping people experience Christ’s transforming presence. He is passionate about the power of Jesus to change lives and communities.
CREED: I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Message by Doug Sider Jr – March 18, 2018
2 Corinthians 5:11-12 (NIV) Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.
1. WE ARE COMPELLED
2 Corinthians 5:14 (NIV) For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
2. WE NO LONGER LIVE FOR OURSELVES
2 Corinthians 5:15 (NIV) And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
3. HOW WE SEE THE WORLD IS DIFFERENT
2 Corinthians 5:16 (NIV) So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
4. GOD IS DOING SOMETHING NEW
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
5. COMMITTED TO US THE WORK OF RECONCILIATION
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (NIV) All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE THE HANDS AND FEET OF JESUS!
2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV) We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
John 14:21b (NIV) The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.
John 17:23 (NIV) I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Job 12:13,16 (paraphrased) Wisdom, power, strength and insight
Romans 14:8 (NIV) If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:5 (paraphrased) You are all sons (and daughters) of the day. We do not belong to the night…
Romans 6:18 (NIV) You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
Galatians 6:9 (NIV) Let us not become weary in doing good …