LISTEN TO THE SERMON:
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NEED TO KNOW:
Serve The City
Serve The City is back! We’ve got incredible opportunities the whole month of July as we team up with our missions partners from around Knoxville and serve together. We’ll spend a few hours each Wednesday night doing some landscape work at our schools, spending time with the residents at the assisted living facilities, helping some of the local community and ministry centers, and much more. It all starts Wednesday night, July 5, so to sign up go to onelifeknox.com/servethecity.
Kid City Movie Meet-ups – July 18 & 25
What’s more fun than summer at the movies? On Tuesday, July 18 at 10am you and your Kid City kids are invited to join us at the Regal Knoxville Center Mall to watch The Adventures of Tintin. Then, on Tuesday, July 25 at 10am join us at the Regal West Town Mall for Happy Feet 2. Ticket prices are only $1 so bring the whole family. We can’t wait to see you there!
Kid City Glow Night – an Elementary Family Experience
Are you ready for some glow in the dark fun? Kid City’s Glow Night is an experience for elementary students and their families with glow in the dark games & entertainment that’s going to be a blast! Join us at OneLife’s East Campus on Friday Night, July 21 from 6:30-8:00pm. RSVP at onelifeknox.com/glow.
Over the last few months we’ve seen story after story of people whose lives have been changed by Jesus! If you’ve given your life to Jesus, but haven’t gone public with your story through baptism, then it’s time to take that next step. Go to onelifeknox.com/baptism so that we can help you get started.
THINK IT OVER
Think back through Sunday’s message. What stuck out?
Salvation doesn’t come from belief or a prayer. Salvation comes from being all in with Jesus.
- Belief as we know it isn’t enough to receive salvation, because even demons believe and they will be forever separated from God!
- There is a recipe that God has for me to be made just right and receive salvation.
- That recipe is going all in for Jesus to be made right by him!
- In the Bible, the words “faith” and “belief” are almost always from the Greek word “pistis” which means so much more than intellectual belief. It means “total confidence” or “all in!”
- My Father went all in for me by giving me his one and only – Jesus.
- So I must ask the big question: Why won’t I go all in for the one who went all in for me?
TALK IT OVER
Start Talking – Get the Conversation Started!
- Have you ever gone all in on something and given everything you had to make it happen? A hobby? Sport? Project?
- Have you ever had someone say they believed something (like a boyfriend “believing” you were the one) but they weren’t willing to back it up by going all in?
- Read James 2:19. After reading this, how does it change the way you think about simply “believing” in Jesus?
- Read Romans 3:21-22. If “believe” simply meant an intellectual understanding or acceptance of fact, what would these verses mean? But now that you understand “believe” means “all in,” how does it change the meaning of these verses?
- Read Romans 3:23-25. What is the problem and then solution presented in this passage? How would you explain that in your own words to someone who didn’t understand or asked you what it means to be “saved”?
- How was salvation first presented to you? Was it an intellectual understanding or acceptance of fact, or was it an “all in” surrender to Jesus? Which viewpoint has had the most influence on you and how is God growing you and changing you in this area?
- What are the dangers of thinking salvation is simply about a belief or a prayer? How does that lead us to missing out on all that God wants for us? How can it even lead to an appearance of hypocrisy?
- Read John 3:1-8. Nicodemus tells Jesus that he believes Jesus is God. But is this enough for Jesus? What does Jesus explain to correct Nicodemus false understanding that his belief was enough? How is this story similar to your own story or the story of so many people you know?
- Before you went “all in” with Jesus, what areas of your life were you most afraid to let go of? What did you hang on to the longest before giving up complete control? And how is this an important part of your story that can relate to other people you know in your life who haven’t yet gone all in but still have a simple belief instead?
- Read Philippians 2:12. Paul seems to teach here that even after going all in with Jesus we continue to grow in this area of surrendering control. Even if you have gone “all in” for Jesus, what areas of life do you see that you could more fully surrender? What’s keeping you from doing it?
- As you pray, thank God for going all in on you so He could have a relationship with you!
- Confess to God the areas you hang on to control rather than trusting him with everything.
- Ask God to help you you share your story so others can find that salvation you’ve found.
- Romans 3