Summary: The early disciples were serious about God and dangerous to the world. What is the difference between a safe church and a dangerous church? (from a series by Craig Groeshel, lifechurch.tv)
Dangerous Church Pt 3
Introduction (from series by Craig Groeschell, lifechurch.tv)
Welcome to- 3rd week- Dangerous Church series
what is a dangerous church?
how does it contrast with a safe church?
do we want to be a safe/dangerous church?
There was nothing safe about the NT church.
Do you remember as a child safety rules
*Do not jump on your bed-fall off- hurt yourself
*Do not run w/scissors- might poke your eye out.
*Do not lick electrical outlets- (Pastor Tony)
In the church world there are also safety rules.
In a safe church you want to keep the members happy,
avoid controversial issues, and guard the status quo.
This week I want to
review last week- different words- reinforce truth,
look at the Unseen Side of a Dangerous Church.
A Dangerous Church brings about transformation.
Transformation- to change in structure or character.
A Dangerous Church transforms
1. The Ordinary into the Extraordinary
God takes ordinary people-transforms-world changers.
Acts 4:13 Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. NASU
Catalyst for transformation- time w/Jesus- pray, Word.
Untrained- Gk- (id-ee-o’-tace)- ignoramus, idiot.
They were amazed at the confidence of these idiots.
That gives me hope for myself/church- God can take an idiot and make a world changer out of him.
One minister from a more formal denomination was praying in a very holy way- “Oh Lord, without thee, we are only but dust.” One little girl turned to her mother and said, “Mom, what is butt dust?”
To take the Gospel to the world, God chose fishermen, tax collectors, prostitutes.
Transformed id-ee-o’-taces into extraordinary people
Ordinary people who believe what God said was true.
Act 19:11-12 (ie prayer posted on twitter)
2. Consumers into Contributors
If you have an encounter w/God it will change you.
These people encountered God-changed their thinking.
Instead of being consumers, they became contributors.
If you are NOT a believer-consume-this is all for you
However, if you are a believer, shame on you if you are a consumer and not a contributor.
It is time to serve/give to God and His work (church).
The church is not here for us … we are the church and we are here for the world
3. The Living to the Dead
God wants to turn the dead into the living, but first He wants the living to die.
Gal 6:14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. NASU
The old Gary is spiritually dead- I am a new creature.
Hopefully more of US died this past year- died to pride, negative thinking, unbiblical/carnal thoughts.
The Unseen Side of a Dangerous Church
Look at a side of the church- many have not have seen.
Mtt 25:15-30 (tell story- parable of the talents)
Perhaps there is an unseen side of this story
5T man- had studied the market, knew there was a risk, made a decision/took a chance
2T man- agonized in prayer over what to do,