Sermon Notes : Life-Transforming Care

Sermon Notes

Sermon Title: Life-Transforming Care

Speaker: Pastor Charles Amisial, Care and Family Pastor

Date: November 5, 2017

Moving toward Relevant Care

He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young. (Isaiah 40:11)

Religious Ways of Doing It

  • Countless programs and ministries, where people are “missing the good part”
  • Programs mimicking cultural/secular paradigms
  • The absence of a shepherding mentality, where shepherds become managers
  • Formalism takes over realness and authenticity, where people are left wallowing in their pain/suffering and their malnourishment of biblical truth
  • Celebration of individuals takes over the praise and the holiness of God
  • Power grab and people/mind control tend to be a priority to church leadership

Jesus’ Way

  • Jesus declared Himself as the Good Shepherd (John 10:11), which translates his sacrificial love for humanity. (John 3:16; Romans 5:8)
  • Jesus came to restore people/sinners through His saving grace (John 4)
  • Jesus came to connect humanity to the oneness of the trinity (John 17) or reconcile us to Himself (2 Corinthians 5:18)
  • Jesus did heal the sick/lame/mute/blind/crippled, feed the poor/hungry (Matthew 15:29-39)

Jesus Center Community Church’s Way

  • We Love
  • We Connect
  • We Serve

The Crux of It: Relationships

  • Relationships:
    • Are essential
    • Require effort
    • Are fragile
    • Are valuable
    • Are diverse
    • Change
    • Change us
    • Are risky

The Crux of It: Relationships (cont’d)

When your relationship with Christ is strong, He influences everyone else in your life.

Knowing Jesus Christ is life’s primary relationship. In knowing Christ, we come to know ourselves and become more of what God intends us to be. In knowing ourselves, we connect with others in healthy, constructive ways. Our lives are measured by the love we give, the wisdom we impart, the laughter we create, the truth we tell, the tears we dry, and wounds we heal (David Wiersbe).

 Nurtured Relationship

  •  Trust
  • Serving
  • Listening
  • Loving
  • Visiting
  • Comforting
  • Celebrating
  • Interceding

  First Things First

  • Seeing this vision through the lenses of pastoral care got me to see the congregational needs first
  • It is not for no reason that Jesus spent three years with His disciples to nurture and disciple them for the spiritual wars ahead of them
  • It is not for no reason that Jesus commanded the disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit because they mobilize the gospel to the street
    • A renewed opportunity for them to reconnect after been disbanded through the passion of Christ their master

Pressing Needs

  • Broken Relationships
  • Broken Dreams
  • Scar of Rejection /or Desire to Belong
  • Fragile and Depressing Emotion
  • Overextendedness /or Guilt
  • Settling in /or Healthy Structures
  • Overwhelming Needs in our Community

 Strategy /Support

  • Existing Ministries
  • New Needed Ministries
  • Future Ministries

 Existing Ministries

  • Discipleship / Small group / Fellowship on Tuesdays
  • The Prayer Conference on Thursdays
  • Married Couples meeting every other Thursdays
  • Occasional evangelism
  • Westwood ministry
  • Good Samaritan discipleship ministry

Needed Ministries

  • Hecare:
    • Setting/raising a fund
    • Collecting data about individual’s birthday and anniversary and meaningful accomplishment
      • Celebrate those events with the main priority of PRAISING King Jesus
    • Attending to financial needs of members going through financial emergency
    • Visiting

Future Ministries

  • Food Pantry
  • Restoration ministry

 Amen!

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To view the power point presentation, click on the link below

 Life-Transforming Care (November 5 2017)