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Men’s Breakfast Discussion

7/8/2017 discussion led by Ezra Engle

Do we need to strive for salvation? Should it require a great effort?
 

How does our pursuit for a right relationship with God and to honor His commandments differ from our salvation in the amount of energy we invest to maintain?
 

…”The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

-Romans 10:8b-13 NIV

 

How much confidence do you have in your salvation?
 

According to the passage in Romans we just read, how much confidence should you have? 

It seems much simpler when you distill it to three things: confessing with your mouth that “Jesus is Lord” and believing in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. Simply trusting in Jesus will never put us to shame.
 

Sometimes we allow the world to interject our thoughts with fear of being shamed for putting our faith in Jesus, but we are not called to put anything or anyone but Jesus in place as our Lord.
 

Have you called on the name of the Lord Jesus to be saved?
 

Simply calling on Him reveals your belief that He can save you. Allowing Him to lift you up is surrendering to Him the authority to direct your life. Now all you need to do is declare that “Jesus is Lord” to make it public.
 

Here is a verse describing a man dying on a cross next to Jesus, and being saved by putting his faith and belief in Jesus:

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

-Luke 23:42-43 NIV

 

Have you had a challenging experience talking about your faith with someone? What made it hard to do? How did it turn out?
 

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”

-1 Peter 3:15 NIV

 

Lock-In Devotional: Talk

Don't sin because you're forgiven, Because you are forgiven, don't sin.

Galations
(5:13) You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature°; rather, serve one another in love.

Senior Retreat 2006

Remain:

Have you noticed how much trouble you had to go through to get here tonight? When I was little like Josiah, plans went so smoothly, beacuse I had no responsibilities or commitments to conflict with anything that came up. Scheduling is easy within that context. Now that you are in your last year of high school, have you noticed more frequent conflicts with your plans? What would you be doing right now, supposing you were not here on this retreat with me? Working? Hanging out with other friends? You are here because this was a priority to you, and you took certain steps to assure you got here.

Why is it important to Keep moving toward your end purposes?

Perseverance:
Someone said that a hose stays clean if the water is flowing, if the water stops, the hose can get dirty. Be in the world, but not of it. Your relationship with God will not continue in the same direction if you turn your focus on other things at God’s expense. Keep on moving.

camp 2005 message notes taken

Notes:Run to Win
Delivered by Daron Earlewine of “crux ministries”
Hebrews
(12:1) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (12:2) Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (12:3) Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
(12:4) In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood

Wherever you draw the lines in life, you will have to fight for it for the rest of your life.

Bad motive question:
Is it a sin?
Good motive question:
Does it help me run?
Throw off everything that hinders or weighs down.

Is it possible to become like Christ?
John
(14:11) Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. (14:12) I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (14:13) And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. (14:14) You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
(14:15) “If you love me, you will obey what I command. (14:16) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— (14:17) the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be° in you.(14:18) I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (14:19) Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. (14:20) On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.

What hinders you from running to God?
1-something you watch
2-something you read
3-something you listen to
4-something you consume
5-some people you surround yourself with

(These notes were taken by Ezra)

More Notes from A.T.F.

Notes:Leadership
(ATF)
Exodus
(17:9) Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

Exodus
(17:15) Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. (17:16) He said, “For hands were lifted up to the throne of the LORD. The° LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”

Exodus
(33:11) The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.

“Leaders have a contagious relationship with God”
“Moses allowed Joshua to represent him to others”-speaker

“Christianity was never meant to be a club”-Ron Luce
“Luxuries vs. Necessities”When you are at war, you don’t think about the trivial things- your focus is on the front lines. When at peace, you are likely to think about trivial things. God wants your heart first, but then he wants your lifestyle. If you call your weaknesses ‘problems’ instead of ‘sin’, you are not thinking like a soldier. A soldier doesn’t need an explanation to follow their orders, if they trust their commander, they won’t hesitate in battle. If you are a soldier, God’s got an assignment for you. Are you a clubmember, or are you a soldier? You can’t join the Military, you enlist. Enlisting means signing your rights away willingly to accomplish a necessary task. In church, many people visit the ‘recruiting office’ every week, and talk about the committment, but they never enlist- over and over. They wonder why the battle is being lost, and wonder why others are not enlisting.

Matthew
(16:24) Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

You don’t need to deny yourself to join a club. You do need to deny yourself to follow Jesus. When will you ‘die’ to yourself?

..These notes were taken by Ezra J. Engle at Acquire The Fire in Sacramento last year.