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Three Amazing Things About Grace via @PsRobertMorris

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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:

  • Unmerited
    “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.”
  • Undeserved
    “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.”
  • Unearned
    “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?

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Three Messages Focusing on the Root Cause via @PsRobertMorris

Make sure you watch this series by Robert Morris (one of his best):

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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?

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Three Ways Our Hearts Remain Good Soil

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…

  • A Humble Heart

Scriptures to review: Matthew 13:10–15; Ezekiel 36:26; Isaiah 57:15; Daniel 10:12; Psalm 10:17

  • A Holy Heart

Scriptures to review: Isaiah 57:15; 1 Peter 1:15–16; Leviticus 20:26 (NLT); Matthew 15:1–2, 7–8, 12, 15–20

  • A Heavenly Heart

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?

 

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Three Sermon Series You Should Listen to or Watch

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?

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Three Sermon Series

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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Three Resources that Focus on Evangelism

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?

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Three Sermon Podcasts You Will Enjoy

Let me say right up front that it was hard to narrow this list to 3 so I’m sure I’ll share a few more in coming weeks (I’ve mentioned a few of them at the bottom of this post if you want to check them out too). I listen to about 20 different podcasts on a regular basis (I know, I’m weird like that). The Carolinas are represented well in this list as 1 is from South Carolina and the other 2 are from Charlotte, NC. I’m going to exclude my preacher’s podcast (Rick Atchley @ The Hills) from this list since I listen to him live every week. If you don’t you should add him to your playlist (I highly recommend his recent series on Revelation, probably the best I’ve ever heard on that book). So, without any further ado, here are the 3 I think you would enjoy listening to on a regular basis:

Perry is the founder and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina (a multi-campus move of God on a mission to reach more than 100,000 people in SC). He is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible (he can be very blunt and his messages are full of humor and truth). God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. His first book, UNLEASH, is also a great read. Check this series out first: Adam & Eve. His next series that begins on July 14 is called REDNECK.

Steven is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, NC. He is also the New York Times® Best Selling author of Greater and the national bestseller Sun Stand Still. You’ll enjoy his books and messages. Check this series out first: The Expectation Gap. For a unique message that is compiled from talks Steven has done around the world this past year check out Pound the Ground.

Jonathan leads the liars, dreamers, and misfits of Renovatus: A Church for People Under Renovation, in Charlotte, NC, where he lives with his wife Amanda. He is the author of the book Prototype. I absolutely enjoy listening to Jonathan. I discovered his podcast one day when Steven Furtick mentioned him being his “favorite preacher.” He might become your favorite too. Check this series out first: A Song of Ascent (a series on David)

UPDATE, 9.11.13: Jonathan started a new series this past week called PARABLE. You really should check it out. Here is a description of this series: Jesus was the master storyteller, and you are invited to come and sit by the fire to listen to his stories.  These stories are full of wonder, intrigue, enchantment, truth, beauty…and layers upon layers of deep meaning.  These are startlingly human, three-dimensional stories that bring the kingdom of heaven into color in our real lives.  They are stories from a time that is not our own about people we do not know–and yet ultimately stories about us.  

You can watch or listen to all 3 of these guys from their church’s website or search for them on your favorite podcast APP (by the way, these guys preach anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour plus at times).

Your turn… What are some of your favorite sermon podcasts?

Here are some of my honorable mentions that I’ll say more about in future posts: Andy Stanley, Judah Smith, Craig Groeschel, Dave Clayton, Toby Slough, Chris Hodges, Robert Morris, John Ortberg, Erwin McManus, Mark Batterson, Jonathan Storment, Matt Chandler, and Tim Keller to name a few more (and make sure you check out Rick Atchley from my home church).

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