JESUS is your Template - 03-13-16
Series: JESUS is ___________________________
March 13, 2016
Chuck Bernal, Lead Pastor - LifePointe Church - http://pointe.us/
This message is Part 4 in Pastor Chuck Bernal’s series, “JESUS is _____________”. The message is titled, “JESUS is your Template”. In this message Pastor Chuck talks about how Jesus is our example and pattern for living and the four specific ways we are called to “be like Jesus” in our everyday lives. By looking at four different scenes from the life of Christ, we see how we are to live as His followers in 2016. This message was delivered at LifePointe Church on Sunday, March 13, 2016. http://pointe.us/
Series – JESUS is ______________ Part 4: JESUS is your Template! Pastor Chuck Bernal – March 13, 2016
We as Christians have not been left without a template to follow or a pattern for living. In the Bible, God has TOLD us how to live, through Jesus He has SHOWN us how to live and by His Spirit He has EMPOWERED us to do it!
I’ve laid down a pattern for you. What I’ve done, you do. I’m only pointing out the obvious . . . If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life. (John 13:15-17 – Msg)
I am your example; keep doing what I do. (John 13:15 – The Voice)
This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step. (1 Peter 2:21 – Msg)
Christ suffered for you and left you a personal example, and wants you to follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:21 – Ph)
Jesus left you an example so that you could follow in his footsteps. (1 Peter 2:21 – GW)
FOLLOWING THE PATTERN OF JESUS: LESSONS FOR OUR LIVES
Jesus was a man of ________________________________________ (Healing A Man With Leprosy – Mark 1:40-45)
You will do all right, if you obey the most important law in the Scriptures. It is the law that commands us to love others as much as we love ourselves. (James 2:8 - CEV)
LESSON: To be like Jesus, we must show ___________________ to everyone!
Jesus was a man of ________________________________________ (Cleansing The Temple – Mark 11:15-19)
Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute . . . (1 Corinthians 16:13 – Msg)
LESSON: To be like Jesus, we must stand up for what we _______________!
Jesus was a man of ________________________________________ (Praying In The Garden Of Gethsemane – Luke 22:39-36, Mark 14:32-42)
Surrender to God . . . Give yourselves completely to Him! (James 4:7 - CEV/NLV)
So here’s what I want you to do, with God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. (Romans 12:1 - Msg)
LESSON: To be like Jesus, we must be willing to do ____________ God says!
Jesus was a man of ________________________________________ (Confronting The Pharisees – Matthew 23)
Even if you should suffer for doing what is right, you will receive a blessing. Don’t let them frighten you. Don’t be intimidated, but exalt Him as Lord in your heart. (1 Peter 3:14-15 – The Voice)
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13 – NLT)
LESSON: To be like Jesus, we must never be ___________ to speak the truth
Why is Jesus' earthly life and ministry so important for our lives today? Because it was a life lived in the way human life is supposed to be lived. It was a life of service, reaching out to others, helping others, and finding one's fulfillment in voluntary submission to the Father's will. Jesus, in the truest sense of the word, is the prototype. He is the only person that ever lived who faithfully and perfectly represented what God wished for each of us to be.
God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son . . . We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. (Romans 8:29 – Msg)
For from the very beginning God decided that those who came to him—should become like his Son. (Romans 8:29 – LB)
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