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Church Planting Resource Manual

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CHAPTER 1 – THE GOSPEL: The Message and Mission of Jesus

Goal: The purpose of the Church is to know God the Father’s love for us in Christ Jesus and to live out of this love.

The Message

Romans 5:5 And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by his blood, we will be saved through him from God’s wrath. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by his life?

1.  The missing ingredient in our lives and in our churches is not our love for God but his love for us.
1 John 4:10 In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

2.  The Love of God Is Undeserved and Unconditional
v8 But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
» Not Christ demonstrates, not God died, but God’s love demonstrated thru Christ’s death
» Key words: helpless (v6), ungodly (v6), sinners (v8), enemies (v10)
» God’s love for us in Christ is unconditional and undeserved—Grace.

3.  The Undeserved and Unconditional Love of God Is Alien to Us
Ephesians 3:18 you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
v5 And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
» God’s love cannot be learned by us, only revealed to us.

4.  The Undeserved, Unconditional, and Alien Love of God Is Foundational
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
Galatians 2:17 But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have also been found sinners, is Christ then a minister of sin? May it never be!
Galatians 3:24 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.

» Grace does not lead us away from the Law but to Christ (who fulfills the Law in our lives).
» Increase in sin is a response, not to grace, but to sin.
» God is wiser than us and cannot be manipulated.
» God is stronger than us and does not need our protection.
» Grace, by definition, is unfair to God and is a taking advantage of God.
» Little grace = ineffectiveness; Just enough grace = legalism; Too much grace = brokenness
» Grace is the environment that releases the image of God (Christ) in us.
» Without safety/grace, there is no disclosure of sin but only defensiveness and self-preservation.
» Acceptance is the door through which transformation happens.
» Kindness leads to repentance; forgiveness leads to love.
» Grace is a powerful force that has taken into account the entire maturity process.
» Grace is God’s strategy for salvation.
» Self-justification is not taking sin seriously enough; grace is the ultimate way of salvation.
1 John 4:19 - We love because he first loved us.
» Grace precedes obedience
» Grace is foundational. Biblical obedience assumes grace.

5.  The Message
Luke 24:26 Wasn’t it necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things written about himself in all the scriptures.
» Direct contact kill us.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
» Do you want to plant a synagogue or a altruistic organization? Or a Christian church?

The Mission

1 John 3:23 This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.

Isaiah 61:1 The spirit of the sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has chosen me. He has commissioned me to encourage the poor, to help the brokenhearted, to decree the release of captives, and the freeing of prisoners, 2 to announce the year when the Lord will show his favor, the day when our God will seek vengeance, to console all who mourn, 3 to strengthen those who mourn in Zion, by giving them a turban, instead of ashes, oil symbolizing joy, instead of mourning, a garment symbolizing praise, instead of discouragement. They will be called oaks of righteousness, trees planted by the Lord to reveal his splendor.

1.  Who? v1 God has positioned and empowered (spirit, love, and position/opportunity) Jesus.

2.  What? v1 To use his spirit, love, and power to help those without or less spirit, love, and power.

3.  Why? v3 to reveal his splendor

4.  Who are the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives, the prisoners, the mourners, the discouraged?
» The broken + Grace = Oaks of righteousness
» Victim is affirmed, and then empowered to affirm the victim and to empower…

5.  v1 sovereign
» The reality of Grace reveals the purpose of power in our world.
» Leader = Power = Servant. A leader is one who leverages his/her power to serve those with less power.
» Justice = The playing out of the reality and truth of Grace

6.  James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?

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Church Planting Resource Manual