Weekend Message Takeaway: “Untold Stories”

At the end of the Gospel of John, the apostle tells us that there are many untold stories of Jesus' great works and ministry . . . so many that all the pages in all the books around the world couldn't contain them! This weekend as we concluded "The King and His Cross," Pastor Doug shared from John 21.

In this study, we saw the power of Jesus’ story, why we shouldn't leave our personal Jesus stories untold, and how God wants to use our Jesus stories to change the lives of the people around us and beyond.

To watch the message in its entirety, click here.

 

FOR THE NOTE TAKERS
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug's teaching this weekend:

John Invites Us to Tell Our Jesus Story (John 20:30–31, 21:1–17): As Christ-followers, saved, redeemed, restored, and eternally secure through the amazing grace of God by faith in His Son, we are all witnesses. We all have a Jesus story . . . the story of how our relationship with Him has changed and transformed our lives.

Telling Your Jesus Story Will Cost You Something (John 21:18–23): The kind of sacrifice the gospel requires of us and calls us to is the kind that changes the world; it brings down barriers. Why? Because the aroma of sacrifice smells sweet! It moves us beyond words and makes our words real and visible; it makes the love and grace of Christ tangible. It truly does have the power to impact someone’s life and it fills and fulfills you. It is an essential part of the abundant life . . . as long as we are willing to answer the call to sacrifice. 

The World Cannot Contain All the Jesus Stories (John 21:24–25): We are the books! Our lives are the overflowing, uncontainable pages of the saving works of Jesus Christ. And when these transformed lives—with the limitless volumes of grace, restoration, mercy, and glory that Christ has poured into us—are open and put on display for all to read, God uses us to write new redemption stories into people’s lives.

Find Your Jesus Story and Tell It: Though our actions have nothing to do with gaining our salvation, they can be used by God to save somebody else. What we do with our story matters! The world needs to “read” these stories. Like John, let’s allow our lives to be used by God, to be spent fully for the only One who is worthy!

Quote to Remember: We are called to change the world, but to do it we have to embrace change.Pastor Doug Sauder


HURRICANE IRMA RELIEF
Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale is working hard to serve those who were impacted by Hurricane Irma. We are partnering with ReliefList to connect those in need to those willing to help. If you would like to list your need or volunteer to help, visit our hurricane page.


FAMILY MATTERS PARENTING CONFERENCE
Saturday, September 30, 8:30am–1pm | Cost $10/Person
Join us for this one-day conference as renowned author and speaker Doug Fields shares a proven parenting plan that will help you develop confidence and character in your child while helping him or her grow into a competent adult. Click here to register.

Note: Childcare is available ($10/child up to $25 max for children 6 months old–7th graders). 


CONNECT FOUR-WEEK GROUP EXPERIENCE
New Session Start in October
Are you new to Calvary? Did you recently make the decision to follow Jesus? Are you looking to plug into our church? Connect is the perfect starting point for you! Connect is a four-week experience for those who are new to Christianity, curious about Calvary, or want to get involved. It’s a place where you can ask questions, learn more about Jesus, find great community, and discover how you can be part of something bigger than all of us. Click here to sign up for sessions starting next month!


JOIN A CONTAGIOUS COMMUNITY GROUP!
Next month, we’ll begin a new teaching series titled, “Contagious: The Spread of the Generous Gospel.” Discover what it means to practically live out God’s generosity by taking part in a four-week church-wide community group study! You can either click here to sign up or attend Community Groups Weekend at your campus September 23–24 where you’ll have the opportunity to meet group leaders and pastors, learn more about the groups in your area, and register! 


A LOOK AHEAD
Join us this Wednesday as we welcome special guest speaker, Steven Khoury. Steven is an author, pastor, and the Vice President of Holy Land Missions. He will share with us an important message about our brothers and sisters in Christ who live in areas where they face persecution just because they believe in Jesus. Join us as we learn about and pray for believers all around the world who are persecuted for their faith.

This weekend, we’ll kick off a new series called “Family Matters.” This two-week study will explore what God’s Word says about raising a healthy family and help you discover a plan for your family that not only follows God’s design, but also brings joy, contentment, and a sense of purpose.

Dive deeper into this topic with our special 14-day Family Matters YouVersion devotional reading plan, available September 21. To subscribe, search “Calvary Family Matters” under the Plans tab on the YouVersion Bible app

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.