Party Like Jesus S2 E7 Notes
Season 2 - Going Public
Episode 7 - "Party Like Jesus”
Pastor Josh McPherson, June 16, 2019
Text: Luke 5:27-32
Jesus is a Missionary.
Jesus’ identity informed his duty…His worth —> His work.
Until you know who you are, you won’t know what to do.
Jesus’ Identity: “I am God’s son” (ch. 3:22)
Jesus’ Mission: “I am sent to preach to sinners” (ch. 4:18)
Which then leads Jesus to: preach the gospel; recruit disciples; love sinners
Did Jesus Finish The Job?
He finished his job. Not the job. That’s why he sent us!
John 20:21 (look it up!) :-)
Jesus’ mission becomes our mission.
Is your identity settled?
Is your mission clear?
Who Are We?
Family, Servants, Missionaries, Disciples
What Do We Do?
We exist to help more people meet, love, follow Jesus.
How Do We Do It?
Grace —> Teams
City —> Groups
Church —> Gatherings
3 Steps to Becoming a Good Missionary:
1) Follow Jesus:
Tax Collectors = traitors, scumbags, despised, etc
Notice who found who (Salvation = Jesus coming to us in our sin booth! Doctrine of election, effectual calling…)
There is no dichotomy between evangelism & discipleship…you’re either following Jesus or you’re not.
Discipleship is Jesus saying, “Follow Me”, NOT you saying, “Jesus, follow me.”
Jesus isn’t bashful, weak, wimpy, ashamed, insecure, hoping we let him follow us around!
Are you following Jesus?
2) Throw Parties:
- New friends, new purpose
- Salvation spawns celebration. Levi meets Jesus and immediately throws a party.
- Parties demonstrate the gospel…everyone is welcome at God’s table.
- You can’t reach (with the gospel) those you can’t reach (in proximity).
- Salvation changes how you view your stuff. Levi went from being greedy to being generous.
3) Repent Often:
- Not a one time thing, but an ongoing lifestyle… moment by moment.
- Not as a pious act of religiosity, but in response to your growing awareness of how much you need Jesus.
Jesus eating with tax collectors & sinners…
What Jesus was NOT saying:
He approves, accepts, affirms sinful lifestyles
There are some who are sick and some who aren’t
What Jesus WAS saying:
Sinners are like the sick…they need a physician
Everyone is sick, but can’t be helped until they realize they are sick.
Healing from sin comes through repentance.
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” - 1 Timothy 1:15-16
Getting to Know Me
1. What are some of the things that make for a great party?
2. What kind of parties are your favorite to attend? Weddings, birthdays, reunions, BBQs, block parties, holiday parties, etc…?
Into the Bible
Read Matthew 16:24-26.
3. What are some initial things Jesus calls people to do if they want to follow Him?
4. What do you think it means to “deny [yourself] and pick take up [your] cross?”
5. Why is it important to deny ourselves if we are going to follow Jesus?
6. According to this scripture, why is it so much better to follow Jesus than to lead our own lives apart from him?
7. What was your main take away from Pastor Josh’s sermon? How were you impacted/encouraged? Did you have an “ah-ha” moment or realize something new for the first time
8. Why is it so important to have our identity understood before we understand our mission and role?
9. What do you think it means to be an effective missionary? What would it look like for you to follow Jesus, informed by His example, into effective mission work?
10. How do we as believers cultivate and maintain a spirit of repentance and humility in understanding that apart from the work of our great Physician, we are hopelessly sick and hopelessly lost? How can that understanding help us be a beacon of hope, warmth and acceptance for the hurting and lost?
11. As Pastor Josh read the letter of invitation from the pastor of an inner city church to the “sick” people that were in his community, what people groups came to mind that you have avoided or looked down upon that God has called you to love and reach out to? How can a correct understanding of the work Jesus did in your life, to take you from utter darkness into His perfect light, inform and inspire you to reach out to those people?
12. What is one action step to take, and one prayer to pray, in response to this sermon?