Sermon Series: A Jesus Shaped Life
God’s eternal goal is that we live a Jesus-shaped life. From the moment you trusted Christ, God began the process of making you like his Son. During the season of Lent, we focus not just on who Jesus is, but also why he came to offer his life for us: that we might be forgiven and invited to pattern our life after his. Based on a new study from Seedbed Publishers we will spend 40 days growing together toward Christ-likeness.
March 6 – Made for This
If you are a follower of Jesus, there is another force at work in your life—the power of the Holy Spirit. And he is shaping you into the image of Jesus!
1 Thessalonians 4:1-3a
A Life Pleasing to God
4 Finally, brothers and sisters,[a] we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus that, as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God (as, in fact, you are doing), you should do so more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from fornication;
March 13 – The Obedience of Jesus
We are all tempted to say, ‘I know a shortcut,’ to God’s directions in our lives. There is a name for those shortcuts: sin. And Jesus told us it doesn’t end well. Rule-keeping is not God’s aim; transformation is his intent.
The Two Foundations
46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you? 47 I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. 48 That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built.[a] 49 But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.”
March 20 – The Relationships of Jesus
Becoming like Jesus means taking on some of his traits and characteristics. There is one trait of Jesus that rises to the top of them all: love. Christlikeness shows up as love.
1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2 and live in love, as Christ loved us[a] and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Renounce Pagan Ways
3 But fornication and impurity of any kind, or greed, must not even be mentioned among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Entirely out of place is obscene, silly, and vulgar talk; but instead, let there be thanksgiving. 5 Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure person, or one who is greedy (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be associated with them. 8 For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— 9 for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. 10 Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly;
March 27 – The Courage of Jesus
We might think our lives would be changed if we had more friends, more money, or less stress. Transformation comes from changing our minds, not from changing our circumstances. A Jesus-shaped life requires a Jesus-shaped mind.
2 Do not be conformed to this world,[a] but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.[b]
April 3 – The Justice of Jesus
Justice won’t be complete or perfect until Jesus returns. We will always have to live with some unfairness and injustice until then. That doesn’t mean we shrug our shoulders and accept it.
18 “Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,
my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
19 He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
20 He will not break a bruised reed
or quench a smoldering wick
until he brings justice to victory.
21 And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”
April 10 – The Mission of Jesus (Palm Sunday/Choir Program in Traditions)
Many people do not have a relationship with the God—living as if he doesn’t exist. Jesus is looking for his people, and we get to be part of the search party.”
4 “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Or what woman having ten silver coins,[a] if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
April 17 – Looking for the Living (Easter)
When the women discover the empty tomb, the angels ask them, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” The question is full of sadness and hope. The women soon learn the Good News, that if they want to find Jesus they have to go somewhere else than the tomb.
The Resurrection of Jesus
24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body.[a] 4 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 5 The women[b] were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men[c] said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.[d] 6 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 8 Then they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.[e]