Contagious Part 1

September 7, 2018 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

 

CONTAGIOUS Part 1: The Good Infection

 

John 3:5-6 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

 

John 14:16-17 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth.The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

 

“Good things as well as bad, you know, are caught by a kind of infection. If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire. If you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if he chose, just hand out to anyone. They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very center of reality. If you are close to it, the spray will wet you; if you are not, you will remain dry.

Now the whole offer which Christianity makes is this: that we can, if we let God have His way, come to share in the life of Christ. He came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life He has — by what I call ‘good infection.’ Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else.Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

 

If we’ve caught this “Good Infection” of the God-life, there should be SYMPTOMS.

 

Romans 12:11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

 

No FEVER, no infection.

 

Galatians 5:22-25 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Mark 12:30-31; John 14:15; 1Corinthians 13:4-7; 2Peter 1:5-11; Ephesians 4:20-24; Colossians 3:12-17)

 

You can’t have the FRUIT in your life without the SEED in your heart. (1John 3:9)

 

If you are infected with the God life, then you should be CONTAGIOUS.

 

1Peter 2:12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

 

Live it RIGHT and WELL.