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Living loved by God, together in community, on mission with Jesus in our city.

City Church Boise Sermons John Mitchell

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Living loved by God, together in community, on mission with Jesus in our city.

    The Source of Life

    The Source of Life

    Jesus declares only he can bring us genuine spiritual life, and that anyone who says otherwise is peddling destructive lies.
    Matthew 7:13-14  13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
     
    To be discerners of error who flourish in truth:
    1. We must fill our minds with truth (Mt 4:4, Ro 12:2)/
    When do you fill your mind with God's word?
    We do this as individuals and together as God's people (Eph 4:15_;(2 Tim2:2).
    2. We must learn to test/submit our beliefs and those of others (even the pastor's) to God's Word (2 Tim 3:16).
    In terms of evaluating your own beliefs, a great place to start is to ask others what the way you live reveals about what you actually believe.

    • 42 min
    The Narrow Gate

    The Narrow Gate

    Through the incarnation of the Son of God, Immanuel: God came near to sinners like us to befriend and thereby save us from sin.
    He is explicitly stating that He is the narrow gate. He, Jesus, is THE way, the only way to true life.
     
    Matthew 7:12
    “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
     
    Crossroads
     
    Is that me, Lord?
    Am I following the way of Jesus?
     
    Are you entering the narrow way?  Are you following Jesus?  Are you taking his word, promises and warnings, with the seriousness they deserve?  Are you taking Jesus’ words and examining your life with them? or are you give mere mental assent to the things that he is teaching?  
    The Gospel Tells Us
     
    “You are dearly loved, not because you are lovely, but because I have loved you. You are not a child of God because you earned it or deserve it but because of God’s kindness and grace.” 
     
    Jesus Christ came to rescue us and redeem us - through his life giving sacrifice on the cross - to save us from what we are, to make us into what we could never be on our own, to make us into something new, something beautiful, something glorious. People not of this world, people of His eternal Kingdom.
     
     

    • 32 min
    Pointing to Jesus

    Pointing to Jesus

    Through the incarnation of the Son of God, Immanuel: God came near to sinners like us to befriend and thereby save us from sin. 
    The incarnate Son of God calls us to incarnate him, to bring God near to sinners like us, as we befriend and thereby point to him. 
     
    12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
    Matthew 7:12 ESV
     
    18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
    Matthew 28:18-20
     
    How will you be a Jesus-like friend to them? How will you enter and listen to their story? Share your story? Look for opportunities to tell the Jesus story? Who is God calling you to engage this week? Someone within your circles or beyond? Will you follow Jesus in befriending someone who isn't like you as God gives opportunity? Will you lay yourself down to embody Kingdom justice in our city to point those around you to him? What lesser things will we give ourselves to instead?    

    • 44 min
    Loving One Another As He Has Loved Us

    Loving One Another As He Has Loved Us

    God calls all who are His to respond to His love for us, by loving one another as He loved us, thereby pointing each other and our world to Him.
     
    Matthew 22:34-40 ESV
    But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.  "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?"  And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.
     
    Matthew 7:12 ESV
    "So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."
     
    How has God loved us?
    1. God chose to love us.
        So we choose to love one another.
    2. God gave Himself away for us.
        So we give ourselves away to meet each other's needs.
        So we selflessly extend mercy & grace to one another.
        So we celebrate God's work in each other's lives.
     
    We love God and others all and only because God first loved us.  The more we understand and experience God's love for us, the more compelled we will be to love others in a way that points back to Him.  So, instead of focusing on loving others better, I encourage you to focus on God's love for you in Christ.
     
    If and when you find yourself struggling to love a brother or sister in Christ, lift your eyes to heaven and celebrate how God chose to love you, at immense cost to Himself.  As you do, ask Him to help you love Him in return by loving that person in a way that reflects His love for you.

    • 44 min
    Ask, Seek, Knock

    Ask, Seek, Knock

    Prayer isn’t about bending God’s will to ours, but about surrendering our wills to his and thereby thriving in him, as we tell his story for his glory and our best.

    Matthew 7:7-11 ESV
    "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
    Jesus says, prayer involves:
    • Boldly asking God to tell his story, for his glory, in and through us • Earnestly seeking the restored life/purpose Jesus calls us to
    • Relentlessly knocking on the door of fellowship with him

    • 45 min
    To Judge or Not to Judge

    To Judge or Not to Judge

    As the right judgments of Jesus toward us flow from his proven love for us, rightly judging one another is a supreme act of love toward each other.
    Matthew 7:1-6 ESV
    "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye. "Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
    Taking the log out of your own eye in order to judge others rightly means:
    Remember we’re all equal at the foot of the cross Remember we’re all in (His) process Remembering each of us has the capacity to commit every sort of sin. The difference between “us” and “them” is often circumstances. Ensure we are motivated by love for the person

    • 41 min

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