Engage: Session 1

Series: Engage

Speaker: Mickey Foley

September 20, 2020

Mickey Foley

Discipleship Pastor

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Madison Park Discipleship Class

Living As Followers of Jesus Christ - Session 1

What is the difference between religion and a real relationship with God?

“It’s Not About Religion, It’s About a Relationship!”

Why am I here? What is my purpose? What am I created for?

Biblical Foundations - In the Beginning…

In the beginning, God created human beings both in the context of and for relationship.

Genesis 1:26-27

26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings[a] in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth,[b] and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

27 So God created human beings[c] in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:26 says, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us…”

What do you notice about this?

Biblical Foundations - The Fall

Unfortunately, mankind rejected relationship with God.

(Genesis 3) This was the ultimate sin behind the incident in the Garden of Eden. Humankind sought self-rule and rejected perfect relationship with God. The punishments that followed were self-inflicted as a result of this relational dis-harmony.

The truth is every one of us has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) Every one of us has a broken relationship with a Holy God. Thank God, however, that is not the end of the story!

Biblical Foundations - The Redemption Story

God was not content to live apart from His creation. History shows God’s pursuit of mankind towards relational reconciliation.

  • God called a man - Abraham
  • God created a nation - Israel (Old Testament)
  • God sacrificed a Savior - JESUS (New Testament)

Jesus is the only perfect payment for the sins of the world, including our rejection of relationship with God. It is ONLY THROUGH JESUS that our sins are paid for, we are made right with God, and we are restored to relationship with Him.

Biblical Foundations - Salvation

The Bible makes it clear how we can be restored in relationship with God.

Ephesians 2:1-10

Made Alive with Christ

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world.[a] He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

We are “saved” (restored into right relationship with God) by the grace of God alone through faith. There is not one thing we can do to earn it. It is a free gift of God to everyone who will lay down their self-rule, and accept Jesus Christ as Lord of their life. Faith is trusting belief in Jesus as Lord of our lives.

John 3:16-17 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” 

God offers up forgiveness, healing, and restoration in relationship with Him to WHOEVER repents and places their faith in Jesus Christ! 

At Madison Park we say… YOU ARE LOVED, NO MATTER WHAT 

What are your thoughts about that? 

John 10:10 (ESV) ~ The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly

Do you feel like you have the Abundant Life Jesus promises?

Is there an aspect of your life that you don’t allow Jesus to have access to?

Madison Park’s Mission and Vision

Mission: Loving People Back to God!

2 Corinthians 5:17-20

"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.  So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 


We are a Relational Church: Connecting in Relationships:

  • To God (Worship)
  • His Family (Community) also (Discipleship)
  • People He Misses Most (Mission)

What is Discipleship?

Building  with someone and helping them learn how   and  .

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