“Flourish” Sermon Series – Sundays, June 21 – August 30, 2020
Theme of series – The gospel touches every area of one’s life resulting in human flourishing.
Jesus said, “I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect – life in its fullness until you overflow!” John 10: 10b. God’s will in Christ Jesus is for His children to FLOURISH in 5 areas: spiritually (in faith), relationally, vocationally, financially, and wellness (physical and mental). 5 Dimensions of FLOURISHING PEOPLE –
- PHYSICAL & MENTAL HEALTH
Barna in the State of the Church 2020 outline 15 Dimensions of THRIVING CHURCHES :
- Connected Community
- Prayer Culture
- Spiritual Formation
- Worship Experience
- Bible Centered
- Faith Sharing
- Serving Others
- Holistic Stewardship
- Social Impact
- Leadership Development
- Trusted Leaders
- Team Health
- Resource Stability
- Future Focused
- Data Informed
Healthy leadership teams produce thriving churches that create flourishing people. Questions asked to determine Thriving church metrics –
- How much spiritual growth a person is experiencing.
- Their likelihood to recommend and stay at their church.
- The degree to which individuals are flourishing personally.
- Involve members in taking the Barna Flourishing survey. / measure the state of Roswell Street members.
In this sermon series, we will overview the N.T. letters of 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians (according to our 2020 Bible reading plan ) to equip and empower members to experience the 5 dimensions of FLOURISHING. People who are engaged with a church community and have a healthy faith are more likely to be flourishing personally across all dimensions of human flourishing. We cannot face the disruptive future without being better connected. Outcome – Provide a whole new way to measure the church’s influence in people’s whole lives.
Sunday, June 21 @ 10:30am – FLOURISHING In Fatherhood from 1 Corinthians 1–8
God’s will in Christ is for every father to FLOURISH in relationships with the Lord, his wife, children, vocation, finances and wellness.
i. Flourish by finding Identity in the Cross – 1 Corinthians 1- 2
ii. Flourish by Growing Spiritually mature – 1 Corinthians 3
iii. Flourish as a Patriarchal leader – 1 Corinthians 4:14–21(possibly focal text)
iv. Flourish in Sexual Purity – 5–6 / Wellness physically – 6:19–21
v. Flourish in Marriage – 7
vi. Flourish with Appropriate Convictions – 8
Note – 64% of 18-29 year old young people will walk away from the church or from the Christian faith as they transition to adulthood. How can we reverse this trend? – not by better church programming… but by flourishing fathers imparting their faith to the next generation.
Sunday, June 28 @ 10:30am – FLOURISHING In Freedom from 1 Corininthians 9–16
i. Chapter 9 – Flourishing as a Disciple – Being a Disciple Worthy of following
ii. Chapter 10 – Flourishing in Freedom – Vs. 23-24
iii. Chapter 11 – 12 – Flourishing in Community
iv. Chapters 13 – 14 – Flourishing in LOVE
v. Chapter 15 – Flourishing in the Gospel vs. 58 – Vocationally – seeing work as a witness of the Gospel
vi. Chapter 16 – Flourishing Financially & in Relationships –
Sunday, July 5 @ 10:30am – Lasting Glory: FLOURISHING In The Midst Of Trials from 2 Corinthians 1–6
Sunday, July 12 @ 10:30am – FLOURISHING Financially from 2 Corinithians 7–13
i. Chapter 6–7 – Holiness and repentance
ii. Chapters 8–9 – Grace giving – giving out financial challenge
iii. Chapter 11:2-3 – Flourish spiritually by a pure and sincere devotion to Christ
iv. Chapter 12 – Flourishing in Pain by all-sufficient grace
v. Chapter 13:5 – Test yourselves
Sunday, July 19 @ 10:30am – FLOURISHING As A Child Of God from Galatians 1–6
i. Set Free from Legalism – 1-4
ii. Empowered by the Spirit – 5:16, 13 / Serving one another in love
iii. Giving First Loving Support – 6:2
Sunday, July 26 @ 10:30am – FLOURISHING In 5-Dimensions from Ephesians 1–6
i. Deepening Your Love With God – 1-2
ii. Deepening Your Love Within the Church – 3 – 4 – putting off and putting on a new man / free from past regrets and future fears to live abundant life in the present.
iii. Deepening Your Love With Your Spouse/ marriage – 5 – walk in love
iv. Deepening Your Love with others in your family, work, witness , warfare – 6 – the real ‘invisible enemy’
Sunday, August 2 @ 10:30am – FLOURISHING With Joy-Filled Living from Philippians & Colossians
i. Joy-filled living is empowered by gratitude – Philippians – Paul experiences joy in the most difficult of circumstances because of gratitude.
ii. Life to the Fullest – Colossians – Complete in Christ, rooted and grounded – overflowing in marriage, family, workplace …
iii. The Gospel living impacts our faith, relationships, vocation, finances, health
Sunday, August 9 @ 10:30am – FLOURISHING In Faith from 1 & 2 Thessalonians
A. 1 Thessalonians
i. Chapter 1 – Thanksgiving / Changed lives / Vibrant testimony of Jesus – importance of community and connections
ii. Chapter 2 – Relationally – Disciple-making – Imagine vision 2: 8 – key text / Word of God – Vs. 13
iii. Chapter 3 – Encouragement – Connection / Prayer
iv. Chapter 4 – Sexual purity/ Living Hope in the dismal gloom of death
v. Chapter 5 – description of flourishing life of anticipation, prayer, gratitude, rejoicing, separate life, sensitive to the Spirit / 5: 23-28 – Prayer for human flourishing – Key text
B. 2 Thessalonians
i. Chapter 1:3 “your faith is flourishing”
ii. Chapter 2/key text 2:16-17 Flourishing in fierce times – chapter 2 / key text 2: 16 – 17
iii. Chapter 3 – prayer culture
Sunday, August 16 @ 10:30am – FLOURISHING As A Leader from 1 & 2 Timothy
Sunday, August 23 @ 10:30am – FLOURISHING As A Leader & Peacemaker from Titus & Philemon
i. Titus – Leadership / Spiritual leadership
ii. Philemon – Reconciliation
Sunday, August 30 @ 10:30am – FLOURISHING from Hebrews
“Things unshakable” – focusing on the eternal in the midst of shaking temporal. Son of God | Word of God