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Sermon Review - Jesus Heals A Blind Man (Luke 18:35-43)

Image Big Idea: You'll never ask Jesus for more until you realize how little you have.

Summary: Jesus heals a blind beggar, giving him back his sight. It's a story about poverty, persistence and praise. Luke is reminding us that we're spiritually impoverished and that persistent prayer and spontaneous praise are marks of someone who knows they have nothing and look to Jesus for everything. The absence of prayer and a life that lacks these moments of praise are symptoms of a growing spiritual blindness. The good news is that Jesus is willing and able to give us back our eyes.

Next Steps:

  • Whenever God speaks, we respond - either in obedience or disobedience. Doing nothing is disobedience.
  • Obedience to God is built on repentance and faith - honesty about our sin and hope in Jesus' work on our behalf.
  • The Holy Spirit fuses God's message to our life. How are you supposed to respond to what you heard this week?
  • Who is helping you follow Jesus this week? Discipleship in isolation is a recipe for frustration.

A few ways we can help you as a church:

  • Last fall, Jason Meyer at Bethlehem Baptist Church gave a message about prayer and spiritual blindness.
  • Mark Driscoll's sermon on Luke 18:35-43 and how Jesus heals our spiritual blindness.
  • Tim Keller writes about The Gospel and The Poor.
  • We talked about taking next steps towards covenant community:
    • If you're a guest, just show up next week.
    • If you're a regular attender of our church, sign up for tomorrow night's membership class.
    • If you're a covenant member, show up and serve. This is what it means to be family - we help each other follow Jesus.
  • And if you're looking for a place to go deep with the Bible and with each other, email me (madair@missionathens.com) and let's talk about getting you into a DNA Group.

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Sermon Review - Jesus Tells Us More About The Cross (Luke 18:31-34)

Image Big Idea: Jesus wants more from you so he can give more to you.

Summary: Luke includes a scene in his story where Jesus tells his followers about his impending death. In addition to providing further details, pointing out that what is about to happen was predicted in the Old Testament, and noting the confusion of Jesus' closest followers, Luke includes this story to help us learn about our desire for more. The cross shows us 1) that what we want will never be found by pursuing comfort and self-protection and 2) that it takes the death of Christ to free us from our pursuit of comfort and self-protection. Because Jesus gave all of himself for us, we can give all of ourselves to Jesus.

Next Steps:

  • Whenever God speaks, we respond - either in obedience or disobedience. Doing nothing is disobedience.
  • Obedience to God is built on repentance and faith - honesty about our sin and hope in Jesus' work on our behalf.
  • The Holy Spirit fuses God's message to our life. How are you supposed to respond to what you heard this week?
  • Who is helping you follow Jesus this week? Discipleship in isolation is a recipe for frustration.

A few ways we can help you as a church:

  • Paul Tripp's book, A Quest For More: Living For Something Bigger Than You, would be a huge help.
  • Mark Driscoll preached on this same text and helped people see that the Bible is all about Jesus.
  • John Piper has a book about God's glory and his work in the world. You can download God's Passion For His Glory here for free.
  • Most of our community groups will be watching the Super Bowl tonight and this week. While that means most of us won't be talking about the sermon and praying together, we think it's a win for groups to watch the game together. Community groups exist to connect relationally and grow spiritually.
  • And if you're looking for a place to go deep with the Bible and with each other, email me (madair@missionathens.com) and let's talk about getting you into a DNA Group.

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Sermon Review - The Pharisee and The Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14)

Image Big Idea: We need churches that need Jesus.

Summary: Jesus tells the story of a wicked man who experiences the approval of God and a good man who does not receive God's approval. It's a reminder that our external religious actions will never save us - not even the things that can only be attributed to God's grace. Our only hope is Christ alone; and it is that hope that gives us the courage to plant the gospel in our neighborhoods and start churches around the world.

Next Steps:

  • Whenever God speaks, we respond - either in obedience or disobedience. Doing nothing is disobedience.
  • Obedience to God is built on repentance and faith - honesty about our sin and hope in Jesus' work on our behalf.
  • The Holy Spirit fuses God's message to our life. How are you supposed to respond to what you heard this week?
  • Who is helping you follow Jesus this week? Discipleship in isolation is a recipe for frustration.

A few ways we can help you as a church:

  • If you're in a community group, take time to pray this week for God to give us the honesty we need to confess our self-reliance and the hope to believe that we are loved by God because of Jesus.
  • You can learn more about our involvement in starting new churches  around the world by going to the Acts 29 Network website.
  • Our primary focus in church planting is investing 10% of our income as a church in new churches. You can help by a) continuing to give generously or b) beginning to give generously. Setting up an online giving schedule can help.

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