Saturday, November 24, 2007

Knowing, Growing, and Serving

For those of you who attend my church, it may be instructive to reflect upon the fall series of sermons I finished last weekend. The nine sermons I preached between September and November were grouped around our church's mission statement, which says that we exist to help people know God, grow together, and serve others.

You probably did not know this, but a team of twelve people called the Congregational Life Team helped me considerably with this sermon series. Back in August and September, the Team and I collaborated on identifying "Nine Marks of a Transformed Life." These nine marks are simply an elaboration on Knowing God, Growing Together, and Serving Others. They identify the core traits of someone who is growing more and more conformed into the image of Christ. Of course no one will ever attain perfection in this life, so these nine marks are really goals toward which we are always striving. But they provide a way for us to know if we are on track with our planning, programs, and activities at UPC, and give all of us something to aim for in our Christian walk.

So here's a list of my sermons this fall, each of which is matched up with one of the Nine Marks of a Transformed Life. If you want to listen to a sermon, go to our church website (www.upc-orlando.com) and look for the Audio Resources tab.


KNOWING GOD

1 - The transformed person enjoys God in worship

Sermon: "Captivated by God" (Psalm 84)

2 - The transformed person engages in God's Word through study and prayer

Sermon: "How To Overcome Bible-Phobia" (Psalm 119:97-112)

3 - The transformed person lives by God’s promises

Sermon: "Preach the Gospel to Yourself" (Galatians 2:20)


GROWING TOGETHER

4 - The transformed person applies the gospel of grace in relationships

Sermon: "How To Get Along with Others Who Don't" (Romans 12:9-21)

5 - The transformed person invests time and energy in a small group

Sermon: "Being Authentic" (Hebrews 10:19-25)

6 – The transformed person fulfills his/her church membership vows

Sermon: "Church -- You Gotta Love It" (1 Timothy 3:1-16)


SERVING OTHERS

7 - The transformed person exercises his/her gifts and passions in all of life

Sermon: "Living Deliberately" (1 Peter 4:7-11)

8 - The transformed person practices biblical principles of financial stewardship

Sermon: "Giving Deliberately" (Malachi 3:6-12)

9 – The transformed person shares his/her faith in word and deed in Orlando & around the world

Sermon: "We Can Change the World" (Matthew 5:13-16)

4 comments:

karin said...

I really liked this series!

Do we have plans for any sort of bookmark or something with the 9 marks on them?

Mike said...

I don't know. Take it to the team!

orangejack said...

all of the mp3 sermons for this series are available here:
http://www.upc-orlando.com/programs/podcast/index.php?cat=Knowing,Growing,Serving

orangejack said...

Here's a better link for the mp3 series: http://tinyurl.com/2y4knj