C.O.R.E.–C is For Christ: It’s All About Him

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The C.O.R.E. of Who we Are

  What is “The C.O.R.E.?”  Simply put: this is what I believe to be some of the non-negotiable make-up of the church and the life of a Christ-Follower.  There are far too many churches and people who have allowed a variety of things to rip them from the basics of the faith and today they find themselves confused about their identity and purpose.  It’s my prayer and hope that by sharing this series of messages we’ll be clear on who we are and what we’re to be focused on.  Through that understanding we will not be swayed by other good things to forsake the best thing in following Jesus Christ.

The Core Values of Living Waters Community Church:

C – Christ: It’s All About Him

O – Outreach: It’s All About Them

R – Relationships: It’s All About Us

E – Equipping: It’s All About Me

Over the next few weeks we’ll be unpacking this in greater detail to discover what it means for our church fellowship and what it means for each individual believer.  We start with the central focus of everything for the believer and the church, Jesus Christ.

C – Christ: It’s All About Him

Matthew 28:16-20
16 The 11 disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped, but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came near and said to them, “ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

…All Authority – Why we need to Listen to the Lord

Jesus Christ…The Basics

  • · The Eternity of Christ (John 1.1-14)
  • · The Humanity of Christ (Hebrews 4.14-16)
  • · The Deity of Christ (Philippians 2.5-11)
  • · The Narrative of Christ (Various)
    • Birth
    • Death
    • Resurrection

Jesus Christ…Who is He To You and Me?

  • · Savior
    • Sacrificial Death
    • Intercession
    • The PROPITIATION…Whatever the Heck that is (1 John 2.2)
      • Picture yourself in the path of a speeding locomotive with your foot stuck in the rail-road tracks and no chance of escape.  You see the train coming, here the horn blowing, feel the vibration as it approaches.  You have no hope—there’s no way you can survive this.  suddenly someone appears and steps between you and the train.  The train doesn’t stop, the full force and fury of the locomotive is absorbed by this stranger.  He is destroyed, but through that act of sacrifice you are spared. 
      • This is what it means to say that Jesus is the “propitiation” for us.  He stood in between humanity and God’s full wrath against sin and absorbed all the force and fury of that wrath on Himself.  Why do I say that it’s all about Him?  Because without Him I would have nothing.  No hope…no life…no joy…nothing.  For me, and for those who are followers of Christ, Jesus is the Central Core of who we are and what we do.

 

  • · Lord
    • Master
    • Majesty

Jesus Christ…What will it Mean Tomorrow?

If you recognize that the Lord Jesus Christ is the central focus for your life, it will change how you live.  Perhaps for some the change will be subtle, but there will be a change regardless, because you begin living with Him in the center of everything about you.  Where you go, what you say, and what you feel.  In addition, there are things that are found in Christ that can be found no where else:

  • · Hope
  • · Strength
  • · Future
  • · Life

Invitation

  • You Need Jesus to be Saved
  • You Need Jesus for Daily Living
  • You Need Jesus in Your Connections
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About bigdbentley

MEET DAVE "BIG D" BENTLEY - A MAN OF MANY HATS I wear a lot of hats in the course of my life. I wear the "husband hat" with my wife, Andie, whom I have been married to for 26 years. I wear the "daddy hat" with my children, Danielle and David, and their spouses, Micah and Tracie. I am privileged to don my "Papa hat" with my two gorgeous grand-daughters, Amaria and Jaydan, and my energetic grandson, Jethro. I wear the "pastor hat" with my church congregation in Wallingford, Vermont. I have served churches in West Virginia, Alabama, Florida and Vermont. In December of last year my wife and I accepted the call to serve in Wallingford, Vermont. In addition to this variety of caps, I am a student, attending Liberty University to receive a Masters in Teaching in Elementary Education as well as secondary Language Arts. My hobbies tend to revolve around my family, so they include, camping, traveling, playing board games, and spending time with them. In addition I enjoy reading, rainy days, listening to and playing worship songs, and cooking.

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