Our Phones, God's Word, and the Christian Life

Ephesians 5:15-17 | Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

IF WE AREN’T CAREFUL…

  1. Our phones will create distinct distractions

    • From people and relationships 

    •  From our relationship with the Lord

  2. Our phones will cover our hurts and pains

  3. Our phones will cause us to waste time

Helpful Questions for our Technology

1.    Does it encourage or discourage me in my walk with the Lord?

2.    How can I use this technology in a wise way?

* Adaptations from Tony Reinke’s 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You (Crossway, 2017)

Cohesion + Christian Life

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1

Question 1: Why would our adversary seek to disrupt? (1 Corinthians 1:10)

  1. Destruction of purpose.

  2. Destruction of productivity.

  3. Destruction of people.

Question 2: What does it demonstrate? (John 13:34-35)

  1. That we’ve understood the gospel (v. 34).

  2. That the gospel is worth trusting  (v. 35).

Question 3: How do we deploy? (Ephesians 4:1-7)

  • Daily walk with the Lord (v. 1)

  • Maintain a humble spirit (v. 2)

  • Be patient and forgive others (v. 2)

  • Become an eager peacemaker (v. 3)

  • Fix your eyes on the truth (v. 4-7)

Let God’s Word lead us, instruct us, encourage us, and remind us.

 

 

 

 

 

What Do I Do With Temptation?

1 Corinthians 10:1-14

 1. Let’s not miss the Old Testament examples (v. 1-11) 

  • The warnings to avoid

  • The opportunity to repent

2.   Let’s not minimize our self in our present situations (v. 12)

  • James’ prescription (James 4:6-10)

3.   Let’s not squander the opportunity in our temptations (v. 13)

  • Temptation is common

  • God is faithful

  • There is a way out

  • You can endure

To The Church at Ephesus

Chapter One:

  1. The revelation of Jesus

  2. Written through the human author John

  3. To the servants or believers

  4. For their obedience and endurance 

The Church at Ephesus was marked by:

  1. Patient Endurance (v. 2-3)

  2. Protection from False Doctrine (v. 2, 6)

  3. Abandonment of their First Love (v. 4)

Jesus’ Appeal:

  1. Remember

  2. Repent

  3. Return

Frame everything through the lens of eternity.

  • 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’

  • 1:17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.

Help and Hope for a Bright 2019

Colossians 1:9-14

Reminder: The Mercies of the Lord are New Every Morning!
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24)

  1. Be Filled with the Knowledge of His Will (v.9)

  2. Be Pleasing to the Lord and Bear Fruit (v. 10)

  3. Be Strengthened for the Journey (v.11)

  4. Be Overwhelmed with Gratitude for God’s Grace (v.12-14)

Conclusion: Our new year starts with today’s choices.

Practically Speaking: A Simple Framework for Being a Wise Word Steward

Ephesians 4:29

  1. See the responsibility in our words (Matthew 12:36)

  2. See the encouragement in our words (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

  3. See the opportunity in our words (Colossians 4:6)

    1. Rejoicing in times of joy (Romans 12:15)

    2. Encouragement in times of discouragement (Proverbs 27:17)

    3. Truth in times of doubt (Ephesians 4:14-16)

    4. Accountability in times of wander (James 5:19-20)

  4. See the healing in our words (Colossians 3:16)

Conclusion: Let God’s Word soak in so it can seep out


Waiting Well in a Non-Stop World

Psalm 37:1-7

What does waiting look like in a microwaveable culture?

 Be still by:

  • Surrendering to the Lord (Psalm 46:8-10) 

  • Surrounding yourself with God’s Presence (Psalm 32) 

  • Silencing the noise around you (Psalm 62)

Waiting for the Lord is not characterized by:

  • An inactive lifestyle (Psalm 37:3-5)

  • A season of purposelessness (Psalm 37:5)

  • An easy road (Psalm 37:1-2, 7)

We Wait Patiently For:

  • Deliverance from certain circumstances (Psalm 34).

  • Salvation for loved ones (Psalm 85).

  • Maturation and spiritual growth (Psalm 25).

Clear Thinking in a Muddy World

1 Peter 1:13

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. - 1 Peter 1:13

 Prepare our minds for action
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37)

Be sober-minded:
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1. Peter 5:8)

  • In the midst of suffering seasons

  •  In the midst of emotional distres

  • In the midst of anxious unknowns

  • In the midst of tempting situations

Three Helpful Starting Points

  1. Think on true things. (Philippians 4:8).

  2. Take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5).

  3. Trash the trash (Colossians 3:1-5).

Set your hope fully on Jesus.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5)