Robert Morris began a new series at Gateway Church this past weekend called Amazing Grace. His definition highlights 3 amazing things… Grace is the unmerited, undeserved, unearned kindness and favor of God:
“Ephesians 2:8–9 says we are saved by grace through faith. Grace is the unmerited gift of God, so none of us should boast.”
“Romans 3:24 explains that we are justified freely by grace through redemption in Christ Jesus. The Father provided the benefit of grace, which we can receive through Jesus.”
“Grace is a free gift. Works are earned. According to Romans 11:6, we can’t earn grace. Jesus dying for our sins is grace. It divinely enables us to have a life of righteousness in Christ.”
Your turn… Take a listen to this message and share your thoughts about grace here?
Make sure you watch this series by Robert Morris (one of his best):
Erich’s note: make sure you click on the Sermon Notes and Discussion Guide for each lesson to better extend the impact of the message.
Your turn… What thoughts do you have about these 3 messages?
I recently finished listening to a great series by Robert Morris, Senior Pastor of Gateway Church, called You Are Here. In the final lesson he focused on the type of heart we need to better receive God’s Word so that transformation can continue to happen. As their study guide says, “We all want God to be the center of our lives, and we want Jesus to be the Lord of our lives. In order to produce good fruit in our lives we must have hearts that receive the Word of God so it can produce 30-, 60- and 100-fold. Our hearts remain good soil when we aim to for them to be humble, holy and heavenly.” Take a moment to reflect on these three ways our hearts can remain good soil. We need to have…
Scriptures to review: Matthew 13:10–15; Ezekiel 36:26; Isaiah 57:15; Daniel 10:12; Psalm 10:17
Scriptures to review: Isaiah 57:15; 1 Peter 1:15–16; Leviticus 20:26 (NLT); Matthew 15:1–2, 7–8, 12, 15–20
Scriptures to review: Isaiah 57:15; 2 Corinthians 4:18; Colossians 3:1–2; Isaiah 55:10–13 (NLT)
Your turn… What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through this lesson and these scriptures?
Here are 3 sermon series I’ve been listening to lately that I think you would enjoy:
What if there was a way to keep all your New Year’s resolutions? What if you didn’t have to wave the white flag of surrender to the giants in your life? If you’re tired of losing the same battles over and over again, our series Sticks and Stones will teach you five secrets to make your resolutions more than words.
Major resolutions and huge goals. We want big change and we want it now. But maybe taking life in a new direction has a lot more to do with the little things. Let’s learn how to embrace intentionality in Small Things, Big Difference.
This series focuses on the importance of God’s Word in our lives. Make sure you check out the 31 day devotional that goes along with the series, Gateway Devotions: It Is Written.
Your turn… What are some sermon series you’ve found helpful lately?
Here are 3 sermon series you might enjoy:
Description: As Christians, did you know we can be demonically oppressed? Even though we’ve received complete salvation and restoration through Jesus, it’s possible for the Enemy to have a stronghold in areas that we leave open to him. In this new series, Free Indeed, Pastor Robert talks about the different kinds of doors we leave open to the Enemy, how we can close them and what it means to be truly free.
Description: This series reminds us of the importance of generosity and provides some practical ways we can be generous.
Description: What do you do to get through the day? We allow certain habits to help us deal with life, but sometimes the bad ones can become part of our identity in dangerous ways. It’s time to separate ourselves from our so-called Necessary Sins.
Your turn… What are some other sermon series others might enjoy?
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Last week I had the chance to attend a Men’s Ministry Network meeting with about 25 other guys from around the country at the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL We had some great conversations and I learned a lot. Two comments by Todd McIntyre, Men’s Minister of Gateway Church, stood out to me: “The first man you need to minister to is yourself” and “You can’t give what you don’t have!” By the way, you might want to check out these two Equip Classes taught by Todd: Spiritual Fitness and Field Manual for Your Home.
With those thoughts fresh on my mind I want to share 3 resources aimed at personal development:
This has been a long-time favorite of mine (I read it in the early 1990’s). Develop these 7 Habits and you’ll not only be a more effective person but you’ll leave a legacy worth following as you make a difference today (as Covey says, “private victories precede public victories”):
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin With the End In Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
PS: If you enjoy this one you’ll also want to check out The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness (written about 15 years after 7 Habits).
John often says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” With that in mind he has spent the last 40 years writing more than 70 books aimed at developing leaders. Take a spin around his website to see all the resources available and make sure you subscribe to his Leadership Wired Blog. He has written so many good books. You can browse them here (I might devote a future post on my 3 favorites). For today’s topic, I would say check this one out first: Develop the Leader Within You.
This step-by-step guide will help you design the life you’ve always wanted. You can get this free e-book by simply subscribing to Michael’s email newsletter which always contains helpful resources and information. Make sure you subscribe to his Leadership Podcast as well.
Your turn… What are some other personal development resources you would recommend?
Back in July I shared Three Sermon Podcasts You Will Enjoy and listed several honorable mentions for people to consider. Today I am going to share 3 from that list that have been blessing me a lot recently (I think you will enjoy them too):
Erich’s note: Jonathan is the Preaching Minister at the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene. I’m really enjoying his series the Sequels series right now (it focuses on a new perspective on love, sex, marriage, and dating). He is a very creative communicator. You can follow Jonathan’s blog here.
Erich’s note: Dave is the Vision & Teaching Minister at Ethos Church. You can learn more about the story of Ethos Church here. I discovered him earlier this year when Rick Atchley recommended his podcast to me. He is a very authentic communicator (very transparent). Dave has been teaching through the Bible in 2013 so go back to the beginning of the year and enjoy).
Erich’s note: Robert is the Founding Senior Pastor of Gateway Church. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than 26,000 active members. I have been listening to his sermons for a few years now and I’m always blessed, challenged, and encouraged by his messages. I believe you would really enjoy two of his most recent messages: The Star and The Plot (from the series The Show). UPDATE: Robert started a new series called Free Indeed on September 21 that’s going to be great. I listened to the first lesson today, Under The Influence.
Your turn… What are some sermon podcasts you enjoy listening to?
Here are 3 series I’ve enjoyed recently that focus on helping Christians learn how to better share their faith with others:
Witnessing is not something we do; it’s something we are if we follow Jesus. This series will help equip us to see and respond to God-created opportunities to bring some 1 to the One and Only.
Erich’s note: This is the church where I serve as Spiritual Formation Series. If you don’t listen to Rick Atchley weekly, check his messages out (he delivers a great one every single week). This is a great series!
This series contains 3 lessons called Famous Farmers, Famous Witnesses, and Famous Testimony that remind us that we are the supporting cast so that God can show His Son to the world. You can find sermon notes and a discussion guide for each message when you click on the link to watch or listen to it. One of the things it will encourage you to do is to create a “10 Second Testimony” so you can quickly engage others in conversations about Christ.
We’re called to “go and make disciples of all nations.” But most of us don’t. Why is that? Why do we gloss over or ignore one of the basic tenants of Christianity? What are the realities of evangelism that we must deal with? What can we learn from Jesus about evangelism? What are practical things we can do to prepare to share our faith with others? Set aside two hours to engage with this simple, straightforward evangelism seminar taught by Senior Pastor Perry Noble. You don’t have to fear sharing your faith anymore!
Your turn… What are some evangelism resources you would recommend to others?
- Three Sermon Podcasts You Will Enjoy (resourcesforus.wordpress.com)
- Redefining evangelism (theroadtoupperroom.wordpress.com)