Sermon notes – Pastor Milton Vincent – Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church
January 24, 2010
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A note from Terrie: These are my notes taken during our church service on Sunday mornings. I will do my best to represent each sermon faithfully and post by Wednesday evening. Please keep in mind that these notes are just that, notes, and are a condensed version of the sermon. My prayer is that not only will these posts help me to think about God’s Word and how to apply it to my life, but that each post will encourage others to do the same.
Seven Intentions for 2010 – Selected Scriptures
An intention is a determination to act in a certain way.
– Your intentions reveal much about you.
– Intentions by themselves are worthless.
– But, nothing worthwhile gets done without intentions.
– Our intentions must line up with God’s.
– Look for God’s will and let it inform you intentions.
– If you buck against the Lord’s will and go your own way, you are doomed to fail miserably or to succeed even more miserably.
There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel — that will stand.
1. We will (by the Grace of God) keep the Gospel front and center in all we do.
(See I Cor. 15:1-3) Many do a good job of preaching the Gospel to the unsaved, but then stop. The Gospel is not just a means to get saved but a means of sanctification every single day. The Gospel is central and should be of first importance.
The Gospel is the ultimate location outside of heaven where God’s power resides (I Cor. 1:18). Let the Gospel dwell richly in you. Connect God’s commands to the Gospel. It is the power to obey what God tells us to do.
2. We will preach and teach the Scriptures and change accordingly.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…(2 Timothy 3:16).
– We will speak what the Scriptures say.
– Incessant preaching of the Word will attract the right kind of people and chase away those who would damage the church. These are the ravenous wolves, false teachers, those against whom we are warned in Scripture. Teaching and preaching the Word of God will make evident those who “will not endure sound doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2-4). We probably don’t fully realize how preaching the Word at Cornerstone has spared us from much hurt and danger!
And, we don’t just preach the Scriptures, but we change in order to conform ourselves to God’s will. We want to be pliable in the Hand of God.
3. We will nurture loving relationships which serve as a matrix for spiritual growth.
A matrix is a context in which something grows. There must be a network of meaningful relationships to serve as an environment in which our people can be ministered to and grow. See John 17:23, Eph. 4:16.
4. We will nurture a strong and Biblically qualified eldership.
One of the first things Paul instructs Titus to do is to appoint elders in every city (Titus 1:5).
Elder=pastor=overseer (I Peter 5:1-2, Acts 20:17,28). Where there are Godly and qualified elders, God will send his sheep. We need to develop more leadership as our church grows.
5. Our elders will keep giving away ministry to the people of God.
We are a congregation of volunteers and agree to do the work together (Ephesians 4:11-12). Not just the pastors, but the people of God are to be equipped for ministry.
6. We will provide mercy ministry for those in need.
Our ministry of mercy is not just a token ministry, but one brought close to the heartbeat of our church (James 1:27).
7. We will honor the household as the first location of worship, ministry and instruction.
Our homes are the first place where Godliness should be practiced (I Timothy 5:4 principle). Cornerstone is a church of multiple facilities. Consider your home as a facility where worship and ministry take place. The early church was willing to give everything to the church for the good of the body (Acts 4:34, 35). Cornerstone considers your homes as belonging to you, but can we at least be willing to use our homes as an “outpost” of Cornerstone’s ministry?
We are seeking to develop a profile of what a Godly household might look like, your home as a place of family worship, ministry and instruction or volunteering to minister together as a family. We offer the best of our pastoral leadership to provide help, direction, resources, oversight and accountability.
Let us prayerfully consider our best intentions for 2010!