Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Strong Brotherhood

Here is sermon notes for a men's midweek that I preached this summer

"I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother;
you were very dear to me.
Your love for me was wonderful,
more wonderful than that of women." - 2 Samuel 1:26
David was a man who loved women very very much... yet he loved Jonathan as a true brother, and loved him more than he loved even his wives. Is there a man you love more than your wife or desire for a wife?
Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. - Matthew 5:37
Now, what are the things that you said yes to when you became a disciple? Here is some things I did commit to:
- carry your cross every day
- make disciples (every day)
- have daily contact with brothers and sisters
- submit to what the Bible teaches
- read my Bible every day
- pray every day to my God
What are things we preached to you before? I think that, for some of them, we made it explicitely clear that you should change church if you didn't commit to those. What were they?
- involvement at sunday, midweek and family group meetings
- discipling
- evangelization
- and I dare add, loving one another
Those are things that you implicitely commited to, that each of us had commited to. Now, it is a simple matter of holding the commitment that you made.
Challenges:
- Have a d-time or d-group this week
- Evangelize with a brother for 30 minutes this week
- Pray with a brother at least once this week
- Decide to be open about your life and your struggles
- Fight sexual impurity together by prayer

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