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Apr 28, 2011 / 3 min

Notes: Be Part Of Something Great

The Porch

By Chris G: Notes from JP's message at The Porch (April 26, 2011)

In all of us, there's something that wants to create something big & to belong to something big.

The Bible is the all time best-seller. Christianity is growing and will never end or stop.

What it looks like to be part of the greatest movement in history, Acts 16:6-34

  • writing from Rome to Philippi, a place without a large population of Jews, to whom he normally appealed and with whom he began ministry

  • Lydia: fashionista, first believer in Europe, first member of the church in Philippi

  • fortune-telling slave girl likely was the second believer in Europe

  • the girl's masters throw Paul & company in jail

  • earthquake opens the jail doors

  • jailer starts to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped

  • jailer treats their wounds and believes with his house

  • these are the first three believers of Europe

  1. We all desire to do something great with our lives, Philippians 1:1-2

But how?

  • "servants" = slaves (of Jesus)

  • The first reason God used Paul: Paul was fully available & submitted to God

  • Are you ready & available to God?

  • 2 Chronicles 16:9a

  • "in Christ": people with Christ in common

  • "grace and peace": there is never peace without grace

    • before there is peace, there must be grace
  • sin robs us of our creativity

  • we are stuck in this mundane routine and then our life is gone

  1. God desires to do something great through you, v3-6
  • God is up to something

  • it's bigger than you

  • He is going to finish what He started; it's a process

  • rely on Him, lean into Him

  • The second reason God used Paul: Paul loved people with deep affection

  • it's impossible to love God without loving His people

  • this isn't the "prosperity gospel", because it isn't about you; it's about God

  • when leverage everything for Him, you will experience life like you've never felt it

  • JP's testimony about the first two years of his marriage

    • they agreed to worship God together and let the Spirit conform them both
    • the number of marriages submitted to the Spirit that have failed is zero
  • trust the Spirit of God

  • find someone who loves Jesus and marry them

  1. We have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than us, v7-11
  • we worship our commonalities in interests, schools, etc more than we find it in Christ

  • God wants us to see past our differences and be friends in Christ

  • let's carry this torch together; this is who we are

  • JP met a woman in Africa who was so excited to meet another follower of Christ

Practical application: be part of a church

  • Paul wrote the "church" in Philippi, Colossae, Galatia, etc

Closing story of a missionary to Cambodia

  • every village shut him out until the last

  • the last was so glad he came

  • they had been waiting for him for 20 years (1979-1999)

  • after being forced to dig their own mass graves in 1979, they began to pray to the God who hung on the cross

  • when they turned around, their captors were gone

  • they had been waiting to hear more about that God ever since...