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Chip Green Ordination Service

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· Chip Green - Thankful for your ministry to our church - years of lives changed and blessed through Celebrate Recovery and Counseling.
Chip knows God’s calling - to help hurting people. He’s done that through counseling and CR.
Chip knows God’s calling -
Why ordination:
We affirm that God has a unique calling on Chip’s life.
We send Chip out to serve as God leads with our blessing.
Want to look at a passage of Scripture that demonstrates
Want to look at an interesting passage for a service like this - when Jesus reinstates Peter to ministry after his denial of Jesus.
This passage reminds us that
· Resurrection of Jesus is the greatest comeback story in all human history – on Friday he’s dead. On Sunday He’s alive. Ladies come to tomb and cannot find His body.

Jesus uses us in spite of who we are.

Jesus uses us in spite of who we are.
Peter greatly affected by death and resurrection. : Peter saw with his own eyes the empty tomb. What would his relationship be like with Jesus after he had denied him three times?
· All of disciples greatly affected by resurrection – Peter in particular. : Peter saw with his own eyes the empty tomb. What would his relationship be like with Jesus after he had denied him three times?
Jesus appeared several times over the course of a few days in he finds the disciples fishing. “Do you have any fish?” “No!” “Cast your nets on the right side of the boat.” They pulled up 153 fish and had breakfast on the shore with Jesus. During that breakfast Jesus pulls Peter aside for a conversation.
· Jesus appeared several times over the course of a few days in he finds the disciples fishing. “Do you have any fish?” “No!” “Cast your nets on the right side of the boat.” They pulled up 153 fish and had breakfast on the shore with Jesus. During that breakfast Jesus pulls Peter aside for a conversation.
· Jesus came back from the dead to give Peter what he did not deserve – complete forgiveness and eternal life. Peter’s sin did not change Jesus’ love for him.
Jesus came back from the dead to give Peter what he did not deserve – complete forgiveness and eternal life. Peter’s sin did not change Jesus’ love for him.
The resurrection proves Jesus loves you.
· Jesus came back from the dead to give Peter what he did not deserve – complete forgiveness and eternal life. Peter’s sin did not change Jesus’ love for him.
Jesus words cut to Peter’s heart. “Simon, do you love me more than these?” He doesn’t call Peter Peter. Why? Because Peter lived those last hours as if he did not know Jesus. More than these – “You said you would stay with me until the end. You said you would die with me. You didn’t. Do you really love me more than these?”
· Jesus words cut to Peter’s heart. “Simon, do you love me more than these?” He doesn’t call Peter Peter. Why? Because Peter lived those last hours as if he did not know Jesus. More than these – “You said you would stay with me until the end. You said you would die with me. You didn’t. Do you really love me more than these?”
Peter, do you love me? “Yes.” Then feed my lambs. Then a second time. Then a third time. Imagine Peter’s confusion. The words pierce his heart. Yet, each time Jesus gives him a command to serve. Why does Jesus do this?
· Peter, do you love me? “Yes.” Then feed my lambs. Then a second time. Then a third time. Imagine Peter’s confusion. The words pierce his heart. Yet, each time Jesus gives him a command to serve. Why does Jesus do this?
Jesus is revealing something to Peter that He reveals to each of us through His resurrection. Peter’s love is fickle and insufficient, but the love of Christ is more than sufficient and it is never fickle.
· Jesus is revealing something to Peter that He reveals to each of us through His resurrection. Peter’s love is fickle and insufficient, but the love of Christ is more than sufficient and it is never fickle.
We’re all Peter. We all make promises to God we cannot keep. However, Jesus’ love for us is not based on our ability to love Him. It’s solely based on His gracious commitment to us. He says committed to us even when we are inconsistent.
· We’re all Peter. We all make promises to God we cannot keep. However, Jesus’ love for us is not based on our ability to love Him. It’s solely based on His gracious commitment to us. He says committed to us even when we are inconsistent.
Even for those of us in ministry are like Peter - we don’t follow through on commitments to people. We don’t follow through on commitments to God. We get lazy in our devotional time. We make mistakes. Everyone of us has been Peter.
A call to ministry is not a call to perfection. It’s a call to realize how much you need the grace of God and how much you need to give the grace of God.
A call to ministry is a call to recognize that Jesus uses you in spite of who you are.
You are a sinner, a rebel who’s been forgiven.
You may be talented, gifted, excellent communicator, etc. Chip, you may be the most talented counselor in the area, but that does change who you are inside - someone who daily needs a dose of grace to do anything of Kingdom worth.
Best advice for anyone set aside for ministry: Depend on Him, not yourself. Daily preach the Gospel to yourself - a Gospel you need, and a Gospel you need to share.
Peter is still loved, and Jesus is not done with Peter. The question: can Jesus still use me after what I’ve done? I know He loves me, but can He use me?
The resurrection proves Jesus is not finished with you.
Peter is still loved, and Jesus is not done with Peter. The question: can Jesus still use me after what I’ve done? I know He loves me, but can He use me?
· Peter is still loved, and Jesus is not done with Peter. The question: can Jesus still use me after what I’ve done? I know He loves me, but can He use me?
Jesus affirms Peter three times. Peter denied three times, but Jesus said three times, “I’m not done with you.” In actuality, Jesus was just getting started with Peter. Peter’s greatest days of ministry were ahead of him: preaching at Pentecost seeing thousands saved. Leading the church in Jerusalem.
· Jesus affirms Peter three times. Peter denied three times, but Jesus said three times, “I’m not done with you.” In actuality, Jesus was just getting started with Peter. Peter’s greatest days of ministry were ahead of him: preaching at Pentecost seeing thousands saved. Leading the church in Jerusalem. Jesus’ comeback was Peter’s comeback.
Jesus is not finished with you. Jesus rose from the dead to give you new life, new purpose, and a new mission. When you follow Jesus, He places His Spirit in you to empower you to accomplish everything God places before you.
· Jesus is not finished with you. Jesus rose from the dead to give you new life, new purpose, and a new mission. When you follow Jesus, He places His Spirit in you to empower you to accomplish everything God places before you.
What does this mean? You can’t give any excuses because Jesus has given you all you need to accomplish what He has for you. Can’t say, “I don’t have the time. I don’t have the ability. I have a shady past.”
· What does this mean? You can’t give any excuses because Jesus has given you all you need to accomplish what He has for you. Can’t say, “I don’t have the time. I don’t have the ability. I have a shady past.”
A call to ministry is not a call to perfection; nor is it a call to pursue your dreams. It’s a call to realize how much you need the grace of God and how much you need to give the grace of God through the specific ministry God gives you.
· If God can use someone like Peter who flat out denied Him, He can use you. In fact, the reason why Jesus leaves us on this earth is so we might be used by Him to spread the good news of the Kingdom.
A call to ministry is not a call to perfection. It’s a call to realize how much you need the grace of God and how much you need to give the grace of God.
A call to ministry is a call to recognize that Jesus uses you in spite of who you are.
You are a sinner, a rebel who’s been forgiven.
You may be talented, gifted, excellent communicator, etc. Chip, you may be the most talented counselor in the area, but that does change who you are inside - someone who daily needs a dose of grace to do anything of Kingdom worth.
Best advice for anyone set aside for ministry: Depend on Him, not yourself. Daily preach the Gospel to yourself - a Gospel you need, and a Gospel you need to share.

Jesus uses you to fulfill His purpose.

I entered ministry with all kinds of dreams - successful pastor, book deals, large church, speaking at conferences, etc… all in the name of Jesus. Reality, those dreams have not come to fruition. Northwood is the largest church I’ve pastored. I don’t have any book deals. I haven’t spoken at many conferences. But, I couldn’t be happier because I’m learning that ministry is not about my goals and dreams, it’s about fulfilling the purpose that God has for me.
Startling words: You’re going to die. Someone will carry you where you do not want to go. You are going to be a martyr. Follow me.
· Startling words: You’re going to die. Someone will carry you where you do not want to go. You are going to be a martyr. Follow me.
· Peter turns and sees John, “What about him?” Jesus: “What’s it to you? What I do in his life is my business, not your business. Follow me.”
Peter turns and sees John, “What about him?” Jesus: “What’s it to you? What I do in his life is my business, not your business. Follow me.”
Jesus controls your destiny. He is God, and if He is God, He calls the shots of your life. He is Lord of your life – and because of His gracious love He is worthy of you submitting complete control of your life to Him. What does this mean for you?
· The resurrection proves Jesus controls your destiny. No ordinary person can rise from the dead. He is God, and if He is God, He calls the shots of your life. He is Lord of your life – and because of His gracious love He is worthy of you submitting complete control of your life to Him. What does this mean for you?
o Don’t compare – That’s what Peter wanted to do, and it’s what we want to do as well. “God, why aren’t you doing in my life what you are doing in His life? Why does he have it easy while my life is a challenge?” God knows what He is doing. He’s writing your story just the way He wants to write it.
o Don’t worry – Would you worry if you knew your fate was martyrdom? Peter might have for a while, but in 1 Peter he’s confident: living hope, inheritance, refiners fire, etc. Peter was confident in his calling. Tendency to worry that God might not know what He’s doing in our lives. I spent a lot of time worrying about my calling - season of tough ministry. Thought about exiting ministry, but God knows what He is doing. He’s fulfilling His purpose through me. I don’t worry. I walk by faith. Chip, don’t worry. Let God be God of your life.
o Just follow – Since I know Jesus loves me, and I know He’s at work through me, I’m going to follow. I’m going to love Him, serve Him, and simply obey, whatever that looks like. Chip, I hope that will be your attitude. That your primary calling is simply to follow the Lord.
· Are you a follower of Jesus? Or are you just a moral, religious person? Surrender to the One who 2,000 years ago willingly died in your place and rose from the dead so that all of your sins might be forgiven and that you might be given new life.
· Believers: Repent of worry. Repent of comparing. Repent fickle love. Repent of not following.
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