A Growing Church is a Growing ME… (I live I grow)

By December 7, 2012 Sermon Notes
We all have potential to be great in God.
Potential energy is the energy stored in a body or in a system due to its position in a
force field or due to its configuration
We all must understand that we have great potential in God.
John 1:12 says that I am God’s child.
“Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to
become children of God”.
John 15:15 As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.
“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business.
Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have
made known to you”.
Romans 5:1 says I have been justified.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ,”
1 Corinthians 6:17 I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.
“But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit”.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom
you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with your body.”
Lots of people don’t honor their body because they don’t have self worth nor self esteem.
If we would realize that we were paid for, then we would behave differently
Some of these girls in foster care have had their self worth robbed from them and need to
be reminded of who they are in Christ
1 Corinthians 12:27 I am a member of Christ’s body.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
Colossians 1:13-14 I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of
the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
This reminds me of a guy who takes a nerdy girl to the prom only to discover on prom
night that she is really beautiful.
She didn’t become beautiful because he took her to prom, she was already beautiful. He
just gave her an opportunity to use her hidden potential.
—–I grow—–
Cast Your Nets on the Other Side
(Luke 5:4-11
“When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let
down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and
haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they
had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So
they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and
filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at
Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his
companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and
John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid;
from now on you will catch men.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything
and followed him.” (Luke 5:4-11)
-How often do we exclude God from our working environment? We hear constantly
about the separation of church and state; that prayer should not be in schools; diversity in
the workplace. Society is trying to keep God in the church building, and too many times
we buy in to it.
-What did these professional fishermen think when a carpenter was telling them how to
do their business? They were tired from failing at what they knew best, yet they obeyed
Jesus. He made these fishermen successful at their jobs, but he had a new job in mind for
Are you tired of trying the same old things?
You know what you’re doing, but it’s just not working
How often do we fail at our jobs? What about conflicts we may encounter with others?
How often do we feel like we are just going through the motions ?
Maybe we haven’t looked to the Master for help. Jesus is asking us to trust Him.
He can make us successful at our assignment
It’s not to hard for him He knows what He called us to!!!
Remember, success can come in different forms. -Even if we are successful in our
career, He may have something else in mind for us, just as He did His disciples.
-In our relationship with God, success follows obedience, even when what He is asking
you to do seems ridiculous to you.
– You are not smarter than God. You can’t keep doing the same things and expect
different results. You can’t rebel against God, go against what He is telling you, and
expect success. You can’t do all the wrong things and expect good things to happen. It
doesn’t happen that way. Success comes as you are willing to listen to Jesus, and do what
He says to do.
-This involves humility. The disciples were professional fishermen. They knew all about
fishing, so they had to be humble enough to do what Jesus said rather than trusting what
they had personally learned about fishing.
How many of us think we are experts at our calling?
It was not just what they had learned through experience, it is what their fathers and
grandfathers before them had learned and taught them.
We pick up thing from other people that may have worked for them, but God has
something unique for us!!!
What has been passed down to you that you don’t have use for anymore?
What he was asking them to do did not seem that different from what they had been
doing all night. It was not so much something different, as more of the same. But
when it comes to following God, you can’t give up. And you can’t always rely on your
knowledge and training. Jesus wants us to have a teachable spirit. I am convinced that
having a teachable spirit is one of the most important characteristics that you can have in
The are some people to whom you simply can’t tell anything, because they think they
already know it all. They don’t want your advice. They don’t want to hear it, and so they
never learn.
– You have to have humility and a willing spirit. King David in his prayer said, “Restore
to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me” (Psalm
51:12). You have to be willing to listen to Jesus and do what he says.