1Plus3= Week 2 Teaching Notes

I’m going to try this out. Here are my teaching notes for the sermon for this weekend. See if they help you to prepare for the gathering or maybe to do some personal study this week. This sermon will be taught at all 4RC campuses this weekend, so come prepared. Let me know whether or not this is helpful.


OnePlusThree Week 2

Study Focused People

Study Extensive vs Study Excessive

Good: Produces Christ followers who understand and know the TRUTH. But who are made more COMPASSIONATE & ACCEPTING because of it.

Bad: Produces Pharisees who use TRUTH to judge people and separate themselves from the crowd.

Luke’s Story

Luke 1:1-4

1  Many people have set out to write accounts about the events that have been fulfilled among us. 2 They used the eyewitness reports circulating among us from the early disciples.t 3 Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I also have decided to write a careful account for you, most honorable Theophilus, 4 so you can be certain of the truth of everything you were taught.
Acts 1:1-3

In my first bookt I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. 3 During the forty days after his crucifixion, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.

The TRUTH seeker:

Mostly concerned with what is RIGHT.

Finds great guidance from ‘what God wants.’

Relationship with God revolves around truth issues, like rights & wrongs; guidelines; expectations;

Time with God usually revolves around Bible ready, study or contemplation.

Spiritual Growth is usually about understanding new truth, greater obedience to the Word or memorizing a new Scripture.

A great find in the life of a TRUTH seeker is a new book, Scripture verse or experience that helps them understand God in a better or deeper way.


Why does a Truth Seeker need constant doses of compassion?

Without Actions of Compassion Truth seekers can become ‘hearers’ and ‘learners’ of the WORD but not the “DOERS” of the Word that God calls all of us to be.

James 1:19-27

9 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human angert does not produce the righteousnesst God desires. 21 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.
22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
26 If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

Why does a TRUTH seeker need a constant dose of Acceptance?

Acceptance involves a few facets. Its about involving other people in your life and involving your life in the lives of other people.

Koinonia – Fellowship

Acts 2:42-47

42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Suppert), and to prayer.
43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosityt—47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Accepting others into the church.

Accepting others into your life.

Accepting others into your business.