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Jesus and the Balanced Life

The Power of Vision  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  43:05
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Matthew 16:13–15 ESV
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Matthew 16:13–15 LBLA
13 Cuando llegó Jesús a la región de Cesarea de Filipo, preguntó a sus discípulos, diciendo: ¿Quién dicen los hombres que es el Hijo del Hombre? 14 Y ellos dijeron: Unos, Juan el Bautista; y otros, Elías; pero otros, Jeremías o uno de los profetas. 15 El les dijo*: Y vosotros, ¿quién decís que soy yo?
Who is Jesus to you? How you answer that question has more to do with your spiritual growth and health—and that of the church—than any strategy or plan.
In the four Gospels (New Testament) we are given a clear picture of who Jesus is and what He did.
The lifestyle of Jesus was thoroughly consistent. His followers could see it operating on a daily basis.
As we take up the challenge to become disciples of Jesus—and to train those in our care to do the same—we need to model our lives after Jesus.
Jesus lived out his life in three relationships: Up—with His Father; In-with his chosen followers; Out—with the hurting world around Him.
Transition
Luke 6:12 ESV
12 In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.
Luke 6:12 LBLA
12 En esos días El se fue al monte a orar, y pasó toda la noche en oración a Dios.

Jesus Got Up

Prayer—the demonstration of worship.
“A” Adoration
The church needs to keep prayer as an essential priority.
Genuine followers of Jesus demonstrate prayer as a normative activity.
Over the last twenty years this church was shaped in the prayer room.
Prayer is the lifeline of the church.
If the church prays, it will hear from God.
If the church ceases to pray, it will fall away from God.
Call to prayer: Sunday, September 23, at 6:00 p.m.
Tranistion
Luke 6:13–16 ESV
13 And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15 and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Luke 6:13–16 LBLA
13 Cuando se hizo de día, llamó a sus discípulos y escogió doce de ellos, a los que también dio el nombre de apóstoles: 14 Simón, a quien también llamó Pedro, y Andrés su hermano; Jacobo y Juan; Felipe y Bartolomé; 15 Mateo y Tomás; Jacobo, hijo de Alfeo, y Simón, al que llamaban el Zelote; 16 Judas, hijo de Jacobo, y Judas Iscariote, que llegó a ser traidor.

Jesus Invited Others In

Jesus modeled fellowship.
He wanted people to believe in Him and belong to what He was doing.
“B” Believe
This was not just fellowship—it was life-transforming discipleship.
What Jesus did, we need to do as the church.
The mission of the church is to MAKE DISCIPLES.
It encompasses both evangelism and spiritual growth.
Every program, every activity of the church should promote an atmosphere of genuine discipleship.
And, it starts with each one of us accepting the charge to help people believe and belong.
Transition
Luke 6:17–19 ESV
17 And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, 18 who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19 And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.
Luke 6:17–19 LBLA
17 Descendió con ellos y se detuvo en un lugar llano; y había una gran multitud de sus discípulos, y una gran muchedumbre del pueblo, de toda Judea, de Jerusalén y de la región costera de Tiro y Sidón, 18 que habían ido para oírle y para ser sanados de sus enfermedades; y los que eran atormentados por espíritus inmundos eran curados. 19 Y toda la multitud procuraba tocarle, porque de El salía un poder que a todos sanaba.

Jesus Reached Out

Jesus never lost sight of his Father’s vision—to reach out to a dark and dying world.
Jesus prayed to his Father before calling a team of people to share in the kingdom work.
But, Jesus also walked among the crowds—teaching, feeding, healing, comforting.
Jesus did not wait for the spiritually dead to come to him. He went to them and ministered to them at their point of need.
The church is called to reach out—into our community and LOVE.
Conclusion
We need to be a balanced church.
Problem:
Up and In: This kind of a church places worship and fellowship as its focus—and neglects the call to evangelism.
Up and Out: Worship and outreach becomes its focus—and minimizes the importance of discipleship.
In and Out: Fellowship and doing good works in the community becomes the priority—rejecting the need for the power of the Holy Spirit and sincere worship.
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