RECALCULATING - When Plans Change ("Christ is Above the Crisis")

Sermon Date: 
Mar 22 2020
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SERMON OUTLINE FOR FURTHER STUDY, REFLECTION, ON-LINE DISCUSSION

YOUTUBE WORSHIP SERVICE: https://youtu.be/C12lvGbto-o

KEY VERSE(S)
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." - 1 Peter 2:9

"The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him ALL THINGS HOLD TOGETHER." Colossians 1:15-17

I. INTRODUCTION
WHAT IN THE WORLD?
*change of plans
*thank you for those leading, advising, and protecting us
*we are all recruited for the cause of this battle
*the church is called to be like priests (intercede, pray, love & comfort, share the Gospel of salvation)

II. WHAT ARE WE TO MAKE OF ALL THIS?
1. We are not invincible. Life is short, out days are numbered, death will come.
(Who do we need to be a peace with? Reconciled with? Need to hold closer to our side?)
2. Have you thought about the things of the eternal and what's coming?
(Time really explore and examine who Jesus is. Does Jesus need to be the NEW NORM?)

III. THE CALLING OF THE CHURCH IN TIMES OF CRISIS
C.O.V.I.D. 19
"C" - Christ is Reigning Above the Crisis
"O" - Opportunity to love God and love others
"V" - Victory is Already Declared in Christ
"I" - In this Together
"D" - Destined for Glory
19 - Philippians 4:19-20: "And may God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever. Amen.

IV. "C" - CHRIST IS REIGNING ABOVE THE CRISIS
1. Christ is HOLDING ALL THINGS TOGETHER - HE WILL SEE US THROUGH & BEYOND the difficult trials in this world. "In this world you will have trouble but take heart I have overcome the world." - John 16:33
2. We need to TRUST He is working things out and transforming what was meant to be evil or caused by evil into some means of good - this is why He gets the GLORY and WORSHIP.
3. Know who YOU ARE IN CHRIST. You are God's children born of the Spirit (John 1:12-13). You have been "RAISED WITH CHRIST" who is seated at the right hand of the father. Colossians 3:1-4
4. You, the Church, are the ASCENDED MINISTRY OF CHRIST to fulfill His Kingdom purposes. It's time to reveal the hope we have and make known the compassion of Christ who left His heavenly glory to dwell with us.
5. Be created and seek upon God's wisdom in how you may meet practical and spiritual needs for those around you.

V. AWAKEN THE WORLD AND ALLOW CHRIST TO BE THE NEW NORM
"In the same way, let your light shine before all so that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." - Matthew 5:16

ROMANS 8:38-39
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

GOING DEEPER-GROWING STRONGER
1. How is your faith (trust & obedience towards God) changing and/or being challenged during this time?
2. What are some possible blessings you see happening?
3. How is it possible, as followers in Christ, to be hopeful and thus have some measure of peace through this worldwide crisis?
4. In a time of listening prayer ask Jesus how He may use you and work through you to fulfill His Kingdom purposes.

Hopefully, I will be able to connect with you "ONLINE" and explore some of these questions with you this week!
With you in the unity and fellowship of the Spirit.
Pastor Trevor