Sermon Notes                  January 18, 2009          Bernard Stephenson M. Div.

                                                                                         Stay in step with the Spirit/ servant leadership/ salty (John
                     God’s Extreme Makeover                                               12:49-50; 14:31; Luke 7:8; 10:16, 19-20, 40-42; Gen.28:17c)
                Know where you stand / current status
                Have a vision of where God is taking you                                 Honour God/ be humble (Matt.28:8-10; John 12:26b; 13:12-17)
                        The Reward - Salvation
                                                                                       nterdependent small groups/ community-minded/ team player
D.I.S.C.I.P.L.E.S.H.I.P.                                                                  (John 13:34-35; 1 Cor.13:4-7; Acts 2:42-47; 4:32)

     Deny self/ family to the point of death/ martyrdom (John 3:3,5-                    Perseveres to the end/ remains faithful despite persecution and
      7; Luke 14:33; John 12:24-25; Mark 8:34-35; Luke 14:16-24; 25-                      wickedness (Matt.24:13; Mark 13:13; John 15:5-8)
      34; 9:57-61)

   ntegrate (fully) into God’s plan to transform the world/ build
      kingdom of righteousness (John 13:8; Luke 6:40; Matt.22:11-14;
      Phil.2:12)                                                                     REWARD
                                                                                       “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully
     Simulate Jesus/ Holy Spirit (Luke 9:62; John 8:31-32; Matt.7:21-                    trained will be like his teacher.” Lk.6:40
      23; Luke 14:26-27; 6:46-49; John 12:26; 13:34-35)
                                                                                       Salvation; “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of
     Commune with God/ Spiritual disciplines (Mark 1:35)                                 most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be
                                                                                          saved.” Mt.24:13; Mk.13:13. “Therefore, my dear friends, as you
                                                                                          have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much
   ntimacy (John 10:27-28)                                                               more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with
                                                                                          fear and trembling. “Philippians 2:11-13
     Power / spiritual gifts/ fruits/ faith/ boldness/ strength/
      confidence (Luke 7:12-13,22; 9:1; 10:19; John 15:5-8)                            The apostles, who had to follow Jesus literally, were the
                                                                                          firstfruits (Rev.14:4) and had their special reward – “The wall of
                                                                                          the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of
     Light / Sight/ Understanding/ Vision/ Insight/ Energy/ Zeal/ HOT                    the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” Rev.21:14
      (Luke 14:34-35; John 8:12; Rev.3:15-16)

     Expect Persecution (Luke 10:3; 11:49,53; 12:12)

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