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Mother's Day 2019
Celebrating our 21st Birthday!
Palm Sunday 2019
Jesus Answers Our Questions
WHAT'S YOUR GAME PLAN?
Christmas Eve 2018
SAVIOR of the world
General: November 2018
General: FREEDOM SUNDAY
Run Well Finish Strong
Jonah & Nahum - A Summer Book Study
Summer Vacation 2018
THE ART of NEIGHBORING
General (Mother's Day - 2018)
THIS IS US. Doing marriage, parenting and singleness well.
Advent: The Birth of Jesus
General (Overcoming Generosity Lies)
developing the HEART ATTITUDES we need
COUNT ME IN
Mother's Day 2017
OPENING our LIVES to PEOPLE in NEED
KINETIC A LENTEN SERIES
HOW TO RELATE TO GOD
SELF MANAGEMENT The toughest job
Christmas Eve 2016
Veteran's Day 2016
God's Financial Plan: MAKE - SAVE - GIVE
We the People
Meandering to Missional
DEVOTED A Study in the Life of David
Response ? How to relate to the culture around us
Armed Forces Day
The RHYTHM of Our STORY
SOUPER-BOWL Sunday 2016
RIGHTLY CONNECTING TO KEY RELATIONSHIPS
Christmas Eve 2015
What's Your Story
Who do you think you are?
How to Deal with How You Feel
Military Appreciation Month
Mother's Day 2015
Connecting to God
The Perfect Gift
Faith that Works
RENOVATE (Keys to Spiritual Growrh)
Masterpiece in the Making
2 of the 5 keys to doing marriage better: 1.Keep your purpose before you. 2.Be realistic about your happiness.
2 Samuel 9:1-13; 2 Samuel 7:1-21; 27-29; Romans 12:2
2 The key to better decisions is improved by more options. Wrong: What we need is more knowledge of God and greater insight into His work, His ways and our part in it.
3 questions surrounding spiritual blindness: 1 Why are we spiritually blind and how we get this way (Zephaniah 1:17, 2Corinthians 4:4, John 3:19-20, Romans 1:18-20)
3 suggestions for our lives: Simplify our schedule; Boost our devotional practice; Pray
a fifth dimension therefore we live in a war zone
Four ways to behave: set your hope on grace..., be holy..., love one another..., long for the..
Isaiah 1:10-17; Isaiah 1:23; Matthew 23:23-24; Colossians 1:28
John 3:1-21; John 7:45-52; John 19:39
Miracles are temporary (Luke 17:20-21; Luke 19:11-12)
Resilient people run free of the weight of the past.
Tell othrs about Jesus. (Share your story. 1Thessalonians 2:8 and Offer random acts of kindness Galatians 6:9-10
Tom Bellino's Journey
two aspects to consider: being right, being obvious
We need to entrust all that we know of ourselves to all that we know of God and to commit.
Why was God so angry? Why are images of God prohibited? Where do we get a true image of God?
:Acts: to teach us and get us going
.What is forgiveness? (1. Pity: He put himself in the place of the servant. 2. He released the servant. 3. He forgve the debt.)
#2 of the five reasons we can believe: The first witnessess themselves believed it.
#2. Know that IT takes effort. (James 1:2-5); quote from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren; video by Rasmus Ankerson about Stephen Francis (improvement over comfort)
#3. Are mindful that God is deeply involved in our lives. (People focus on their course not their discomfort.)
#4. Know that finishing our race will require subtraction. (Matthew 5:29-30); Running shows us our encumbrances.
#5. Focus on Jisus. (Plowing a field) Our faith began with Jesus therefore He protects, provides, and exemplifies
1 clear- eyed recognition of where we really are (Video of a person jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge)
1 Corinthians 10:13
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 4:11-16
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
1 Corinthians 15:14-15
1 Corinthians 15:3-7
1 Corinthians 2:9-11; Ephesians 1:20-22; Luke 17:20-21; John 1:1-13
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
1 Corinthians 7:1-35; Matthew 6:25-34
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
1 John 1:9
1 Peter 1:1-3
1 Peter 1:13-16
1 Peter 1:13-2:3
1 Peter 2: 13-25: 3:1-7
1 Peter 2: 9-12
1 Peter 2:23
1 Peter 2:4-10
1 Peter 2:9-12
1 Peter 3: 13-15
1 Peter 3:14-16
1 Peter 3:17-22; 4:1
1 Peter 3:18
1 Peter 5:6-11
1 Samuel 15
1 Samuel 15:23 (Divination)
1 Samuel 16
1 Samuel 17
1 Samuel 18
1 Samuel 19:1-24
1 Samuel 20:1-42
1 Samuel 21-22
1 Samuel 21, 22, 23
1 Samuel 23:15-17
1 Samuel 24
1 Samuel 25:1-43
1 Samuel 26-27
1 Samuel 28-31
1 The key to better decisions is more information. Wrong: The key is for our love to abound more and more.
1 Thessalonians 4:13
1 Thessalonians 5:11
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
1 Timothy 2:9-15
1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 3:22 Exodus 40:34-35; Ephesians 1:19b-23
1 Timothy 6: 3-19
1 We should MAKE A DECISION about giving. 2 Our attitude in giving should be JOY. 3 You cannot OUTPACE GOD in your desire to give. 4 Our giving will be BLESSED by God. 5 Our giving RESULTS in a riot of PRAISE and BLESSING and GROWTH.
1, Identify with Christ 2. We have to live with the end in mind. 3. We have to create a distance between yourself and known sin pattern. 4. Know the scriptures
1, Over protection 2. Favoritism 3. Pushing achievement beyond reasonable bounds 4. Absence of encouragement 5. Using love as a tool of approval or disapproval 6. Physical or verbal abuse
1. Jesus predated Christmas Eve. (John 17:5)
1. What should we think about?The instruction is comprehensive in its scope (WHATEVER IS...!). This is the front lines. This means you must choose the souurce of of your thought-life very carefully.
1.We must be holy because God commands it. Matthew 5:20; Matthew 4:48; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Peter 1:15-16
1) Our connection to other Christians is a key because it is the key to our spiritual growth.
1Corinthians 13; 1 John 3:16
1Corinthians 7:14, Titus 2:14
1Peter 2:13-21, 1Peter 3:15
1Thessalonians 2:1-9, Meaning of sowing (give to strengthen), What do we sow into others (not some aspect of Jesus; we are sowing Jesus) , Quote from James Bryn Smith's book "The Good and Beautiful God", Indwelling presence of Christ, Why do we sow Jesus
2 acknowledgement of God's sovereignity and saving power (Alcoholics Anonymous (first 3 steps is repentance)
2 actionable ideas: 1. reject the notion that our happiness can be won through financial gain. 2. We will use our resources to be generous and do good deeds.
2 Applications: 1 We need Jesus. (Quote from an old school evangelist) 2 We are better able to extend grace and patience to others.
2 Because of sin there's something wrong with everything. (Isaiah 64:6: Romans 8:19-22)
2 challenges: 1 attendance goal 2 be mindful, observant and considerate.
2 Concerns: religion is a private thing (Not True), don't know enough (also Not True)
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
2 Corinthians 10:5
2 Corinthians 4:16
2 Corinthians 5 (ministry of Reconciliation)
2 Corinthians 5:15-17,21
2 Corinthians 5:16-17
2 Corinthians 5:18-22
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
2 Corinthians 9:6-15; 1 Timothy 6:9; 1 Timothy 6:18-19; Malachi 3:8
2 Corollaries: 1 easily influenced by extraneous and unimportant factors 2 place too much value on capacity of certain events to affect our happiness.
2 enemies to God honoring excellence: 1 sloth, 2 control
2 How we treat the poor and needy (Matthew 21:31-40)
2 HP are focused specifically on what God has put before them.(vs. 1 and 4)
2 of 3: How do we get over spiritual blindness? (Matthew 16:17, 1Corinthians 2:10-16)
2 of 7 life habits: 1) Invest in Christian community. 2) Nourish others out of personal wholeness.
2 Parts for we are a culture: 1 we don't do what pleases us. 2 We are to be good neighbors.
2 Personal devotion requires that we recognize OUR NEED for God. (Matthew 5:30)
2 Peter 1:16-21
2 Peter 1:19-21
2 Peter 3:2-4...8-14
2 possible conditions: our faith is being tested; faith is absent
2 Principles: 1 Our connection to one another is a central part of God's purpose through Christ.
2 quotes from Mary Oliver
2 reasons we approach; 2 truths enabling us to draw near; 2 primary reasons we can approach.
2 reasons why we should strive for holiness. (Romans 6:20-23; 1Peter 2:11-12)
2 Samuel 11-12:12
2 Samuel 5:1-5; 2 Samuel 3
2 Samuel 7
2 sub points: 1. God's people acting faithfully means they are R-LOWTing. 2. When all else fails - JESUS
2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
2 Thessalonians 3:11
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
2 thoughts: 1 Keep the main thing the main thing. 2 Keep your spirituality right side out.
2 Timothy 1:3-14
2 Timothy 4:20
2 Timothy 4:6
2. How should we live? There is a distinctly Christian way of behaving and we should live THAT way.
2. Living in community is ESSENTIAL to how we function. (the desperate story)
2. Our holiness is part of the reason Jesus came. Ephesians 5:25-26; Titus 2:14
2. The Jesus story was witnessed. (Apostle's Creed); quote from Bob Yarbrough
2. True worship is an action; it is not primarily interior. (not emotional, Psalm 62:8)
2. What enabled the emperor to forgive? (Patience-long suffering)
2) There is POWER in Christian community.
2Corinthians 5:21; Exodus 23:11; Leviticus 25:4
2Corinthians 9; 6-8
2Timothy 2:20-21; Genesis 45:4-8; Genesis 29:17; Genesis 29:31-35; Genesis 37,39,40, 41
3 ALL of us have this problem. (Romans 3;23)
3 answers: not enough faith, don't ask (James 4:12, the kingdom of God is not yet fully here.
3 Applications: 1.Think differently about singleness. 2. Opportunity to answer questions such as gayness. 3. Our lives are about leaning into God and accepting our assignment.
3 areas of impact:1 Blameless and pure without fault 2 As you hold out the word of life you shine like the stars of the universe. 3 Boast that Paul did not run in vain and God's witness will be enhanced.
3 areas of need: teenagers, building and missions. We have eaten all our nuts.
3 categories about OT prophecy: 1 some are a surprise, 2 some are obvious predictions 3 some are hinted or were not plain or obvious
3 challenges: 1 Expand our moral circle. 2 Eliminate unhelpful categories. 3 Embody mercy.
3 critical aspects of his faith: 1 A settled conviction; a core belief (God is sovereign) 2 His top priority (Glory of Christ) 3 A freeing point of view that governed his life. (We are free.)
3 Hoping God will intervene on our behalf when we are not caring for poor is false hope.
3 HP recognize God's sovereignty in and over their lives. (Joni Erickson Tada)
3 ideas/challenges: 1. Remember regularly. 2. Wait patiently. 3. Prepare eagerly.
3 involves abandonment of all dependencies and values apart from God (Cynthia Ann Parker's story)
3 Key Reasons for Connecting to Christian Community
3 Keys for true Christian leadership: Appointment, Humility, Service
3 life challenges: to approach, to cling and to provoke
3 observations about miracles: miracles are real; not as many miracles as we imagine (Psalm 77:11; Habakkuk 3:2); some are authenticating Jesus as the Son of God (John 10:37-38; John 14:12, Psalm 1:1
3 of 3: What do we see when our eyes are opened? (God is in control, things do not happen randomly and we see Jesus.)
3 Parts: 1 Resilient people understand the importance of a healthy memory track! 2, Resilient people understsnd the importance of rehearsing what God has done! 3. Resilient people deal effectively with the negative experiences in their live!
3 Parts: 1, Jesus and the man born blind; 2. The man's story; 3. Jesus and the formerly blind man
3 Personal devotion requires active (even aggressive) commitment.
3 points: 1. Living in community is FUNDAMENTAL to our spiritual nature. It's who we are. (explained through our arm and an atom)
3 points: 1. True worship includes expressing true devotion to the true God. (Psalm 37:1-4; Pssalm 18:1-3) (Commitment, Surrender, and Confession)
3 Principles: 1. Holiness is motivated by what God offeers us. 2. Holiness is motivated by a reverence for God. 3. Holiness is something we grow in through disipline and effort.
3 qualities: 1 Be distinctive (Matthew 7:29); 2 Be determined (Daniel 1:8,15); 3 Be discerning (2Corinthians 12:8-9)
3 questions: 1 What is the good life...really? 2 Who gets to have the good life? 3 What does it mean for us?
3 reasons for using Epaphroditus as an example: 1 E. was well known to the people. He was a more real world example for them. 2 E was a brother and fellow soldier with Paul. 3 Was an "apostle" and minister to Paul's needs.
3 reasons for using Timothy as an example: 1 T. understands and practices christian unity. 2 T. was principally concerned with the cause of Jesus Christ and not with himself. 3 Paul had complete confidence because he mentored T. in the faith.
3 reasons why heart is not engaged: 1.You are there. 2. Something is causing a blockage (Get prayer). 3. You may have never made a heart commitment.
3 reasons why this is important: 1 A frank conversation about suffering is critical because suffering is inevitable and we try to sanitize our lives to eliminate it. 2 Our culture is growing increasingly antagonistic to Christian thoughts and values. 3 Go
3 reasons why we care: 1 truth matters 2 Our biblical faith has been assaulted. 3 We have young people here who need to be exposed to an honest look at faith.
3 reasons why we should reject the notion...
3 Remedies for anxiety: 1 Rejoice in the Lord. 2 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 3 Don't be anxious about anything.
3 things from this passage: 1 How high charged the times of Jesus was. 2 How Jesus avoided exaggerated perspective on political possibilities. 3 How He avoided over simplications of political solutions and systems.
3 Things that enable us to witness: 1 God has given us a Spirit of power, love and self discipline. 2 We are sustained in our suffering by the power of God. 3 We can trust Him: not the what or how BUT the who.
3 things to remember: 1. prophets; Jesus (Matthew 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 21); apostles (especially Peter, Paul and in Revelation, John)
3 Traveling points: this stuff really happened; God answers prayers; God expects to be believed
3 We aren't good at predicting our future happiness but we think we know.
3, Holiness is real evidence that we have a connection toChrist. Matthew 25:31-46; John 14:23
3. Jesus IS life. (quote from John Calvin)
3. Our care for one another is a by-product of community life. (stubbing toe)
3. True worship involves reverential submission. (Psalm 66:3-7; Psalm 89:5-9)
3. We have an assignment. (1.Don't rail against your assignment. 2. God is good.- complaining) 4. Singleness offers us more SPIRITUAL freedom.
3. Where is it taking us? Where are we headed? We will become people who want, more than anything else, to know Christ.
3. Why don't we forgive? (don't understant. (Summary) Plus forgivness is a process and it's hard work)
3) We were designed for healthy connection with other Christ followers.
4 The problem is us and we often don't know it. (Travis Collins)
4 details about following Jesus: 1. Following Jesus is not about me; it's about God. 2. My blessings are not solely for me. 3. It's not about effort; it's about surrender. 4. It's not about goodness; it's about repentance.
4 foundational principles: 1 Universe was created with the greatest intentions and care. 2 Human beings were purposefuly shaped to occupy the pinnacle of that creation and being enabled to actually relate to the Creator. 3 The universe has moral framewor
4 Hoping our religion will help us or even hoping God cares about our religion at all when we don't care about the poor is again false hope.
4 involves a firm determination to follow the way of the Lord whatever that may be ( story about William Borden (quote from biography by Mary Taylor)
4 Observations and Conclusions: 1. The Bible doesn't say much about parenting, Conclusion: Do not make an idol of your children. 2. Spiritual education is the primary job of parents. Conclusion: Train your children spirituallly. 3. The Bible is not very i
4 Observations: 1. Singleness can be hard. (Hard to remain pure; Marriage offers community.) 2 Singleness is a gift. (Develop your trust muscle.)
4 Personal devotion requires spiritual practices. (Habits to develop: Remembering times in God's presence, Corporate worship, Praising the Lord, Reflecting on God, Singing to God with joy); Romans 12:11
4 points: 1 W involves our whole lives. 2 Scripture calls for W that is true as opposed to false. 3 True W is our response to God's activity on our behalf. 4 True W includes adulation of the true God.
4 practical ideas; quotes from two 4th century men: Basil and Ambrose
4 questions from this passage: 1. Why is emperor able to forgive and the servant is NOT? What is the difference? (not the size of debt, not the difference of attitude in the nature of the relationship; BUT with the heart of the offender.
4 Reasons for attending church less often
4 reasons on how we should respond: 1 I read it in Bible. It is true. 2 Scientific rationalism 3 Intractable doubt 4 Then: extract the message do the work of understanding and to believe and obey it.
4 rules of life
4 things: apostle's teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer
4 vital components to Repentance:
4 ways to become HOly:
4. Holiness wins the world around us. 1 Peter 2:11-12
4. What is the spill over - by product? Contentment
4. When we accept Jesus story, we can have fellowship with others. (Survey: What we want)
5 benefits of being Thankful: awarenesss of his sovereignty; motivates us to look for his purposes; helps to submit to God's will; reminds us of our dependence on the Lord; an essential ingredient to joy
5 HP understand difficulty as sometimes purposeful correction from God. (If we understand this we will endure difficulty with vision.
5 observations: 1 Paul's life is directed by God alone. 2 was undeterred by circumstances. 3 message speaks of a personal connection to God and it requires of its hearers that they make a personl decision about that connection. 4 sees fantastic supernatur
5 observations: 1. A radical spiritual reorientation 2 Being born again is not our work. It is God's work in us. 3 Being born again is a very personal encounter. 4 Being born again is an experience over which we have no control. 5 Jesus came not as a sign
5 Our God is a God of justice and he wants to see our lives and our habits to reflect His justice.
5 Personal devotion results in belief and hope that transcends circumstances.
5 points that should govern how we think and engage with church.
5 practical helps
5 Principles: 1 Personal devotion requires that we recognize our need FOR GOD. (Matthew 22:37-38)
5 reasons Jonah is fiction to teach us a lesson: 1 Doesn't identify author. 2 too many miraculous details 3 Lacks traditional hallmarks 4 Overwhelming use of exaggeration and symbols. 5 Phrases and words that depend heavily on Aramaic not on older Hebrew.
5 rules of engagement: 1 keep your community connections clean; 2 meet mistreatment with blessing; 3 fanatics about being good; 4 make Jesus the governor of your life; 5 be prepared to answer
5 The most significant feature of sin is it separates us from God. (2Samuel 11-12; Psalm 51:11; Psalm 51:4)
5 themes: 1. Be inspired by others who have done it well. (Hebrews 11)
5 things we need to get from Amos: 1 God will assess everyone's behavior.
5 thoughts: 1, You are significant. 2. It comes with a cost. 3. God is awe-inspiring. 4. Connecting requires action/stepping in. 5. The Christmas story changes everything.
5. Our holiness provides us with a sense of God's presence in our lives. 1 John 2:3;1 John 3:19
5. When we accept Jesus, we can have fellowship with God. (video: What does Jesus want for his birthday.)
6 Because of sin, we need a Savior. (Christianity Today article by Mark Galley; Matthew 1:21; Romans 3:23-26
6 characteristics of holiness: 1 Holy people are inspired by holy people who have gone before them. (story about David)
6 Critical important truths/facts concerning the Jesus story:
6 facets of sin: 1 Sin is a specific kind of evil. (Louis Berkoff)
6 HP do whatever it takes to maintain a connection to God.
6 Reasons to believe Jonah was a retelling: 1 It looks like history. 2 Introduction reads like a historical account. (quote from T.D. Alexander) 3 Has an actual historical setting. 4 Information is accurate. 5 Jesus believed it was a historical event (Luk
6 Stepping Stones: Recognize grief, Understand the process of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance), Allow for your grief (give it space), Give voice to your questions, Remember our connection to God provides us with the context within
6. Holiness is the ultimate source of our true and utter relief. Psalm 119:32
6. If it's real, it will produce joy. (Luke 2:8-14)
7 Healthy Habits:
7 Healthy Habits (Opening our lives to people in need.)
7. We were designed for holiness. Ephesians 1:4
8 practical suggestions plus 2 bonus suggestion
A genuine encounter with God cannot be denied but must be expressed.
A great truth that helps us live by God's math: Our provision comes from God
A needed way: Cleaning up relationships with others.)
A pasrtor on yacht responding to a question (Do vs. Done)
A REAL change of Heart
A real connection to God
A second symbol of Christian femininity is future-shaping
A statement by Pascal
A symbol of Christian feminine submissiveness is male eldersship
Abigail: wisdom and courage
Acts 11:19-29; 12:1-25
Acts 13:22; Exodus 17:14
Acts 15: 36-41; 16;17
Acts 16; Philippians 4:11-13
Acts 19:11-12 Paul's Spiritual Awesomeness
Acts 2:41-47; Matthew 6:19-21; John 14:12; Galatians 6:9
Acts 2:42-47; Acts 4:32-35 Acts 5:12-16 Acts 6:1-7,
Acts 2:42-47; John 13:34-35 Ephesians 4:3
Acts 20:32-35; Proverbs 20:13; Proverbs 10:4; Proverbs 14:23; Proverbs 28:19
Acts 20:7-12 Paul a Spiritual Dude
Acts 21; 22 and 23:1-11
Acts 3-4:: 31
Acts 8, 9, 10
Adulation: it's true and completes your enjoyment. (comment by C.S. Lewis)
Alex's experience with receiving a servant's heart's blessing.
All kinds of people do all kinds of work; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
All of God's activity points toTHIS. THIS requires everything of us in response. If THIS is the point then what isTHIS?
All this is true because we are believers and therefore are being saved.
Alternative explanations: Mary, Matthew or Luke could have been crazy.
Alternatives to judging: 1 Bless people (Romans 11:14); 2 Focus on positive/strength (Philippians 4:8); 3 Pray for them (Matthew 5:44); 4 Use others as a mirror; 5 Examine your heart (Psalm 139:23-24)
America is not changing because of policy but because of chacater.
Amos 2:6-8; Amos:8-24
an appeal to connect or reconnect
An article from New York Times
An example of rules for caring for the poor - Deuteronomy 24:19-22
An illustration about culture differences (card game).
An illustration by Andy Crouch, one by Dallas Willard and a quote from Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
Analogy for the significance of Christ's death
Analogy of a farmer
Analogy of a rip tide
Ananias and Sapphira
Ananis and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11)
Any amount of time we spend with unnecessary junk in our backpack translates into unnecessary and unhelpful fatigue or worry.
Application: Step In!
Article found on WikiHow: How to Find a Girlfriend - Ten Easy Steps
As we grow larger we must grow smaller
Ascension means Jesus goes global. Jesus is glorified (made greater) and the Holy Spirit is released
Asking us to step-in
Assessing the followers (They took the small things and made it a big thing.)
Assignment: Have a cookout.
Assignment: pray for your neighbors!
Assignments: Read Jonah plus Ed will post a truth statement on Gateway facebook page. Read and meditate on them.
Attitude is key; Peace is not dependent on circumstances.
Background history on Jonah
Background on 1 Corinthians
Bad theology often leads to despair and self pity.
Basis: Are you a border or a child
Be amazed at Jesus
Be careful HOW you live/walk and manage time.
Be sure to doubt your doubt. Put everything to the test. Don't stop seeking
Because of all of this, we can rejoice in spite of circumstances.
Because the days are evil and without managing our time we cannot live like Jesus lived
Become a Freedom Partner. Isaiah 58:6-12
Best way to teach this is to BE it
Bible / Handbook
Bible helps me live a successful life. Joshua 1:8
Bible helps us avoid mistakes and sin. Psalm 119:111
Bible is our standard and inspiration: Story of the inch
Bible provides guidance. Psalm 119:105
Bible provides: personal growth and growth in doing good (2Timothy 3:16)
Biblical worship is the whole life response to God - head, heart and will - recognizing who God is and what he's done.
Big picture observations about Matthew 5-7
Big picture: Be a good citizen (all government is under God); Love other people as you do yourself; Be up and awake to what God is doing
Brief history surrounding the book of Judges
Bringing unity to relationships is part of what God did through the cross.
Business illustration from a book by Jim Collins: Good to Great
By the time our intentions have arisen to the level of willful choice; it's usually too late to bring change.
C. S. Lewis illustration (a line, a square, a cube)
C.S. Lewis defining the Trinity
C.S. Lewis tries to illustrate the Trinity.
CEO (Chief Executive Officer)
Challenges the there is a Right Way to live: believing it, losing the trees for the forest, looking for guarantees
Challenges to our faith - God extends His mery to all.
Challenges: Philosophical, Theological, Social / Cultural, Practical
Characteristics of a Renovated Life
Christianity's growth in Africa, Korea, South America, China
Church is a Christ-worshiping-God-honoring-all-in-deeply-devoted-to-God-and-to-one-another community
Church is a gathering of people called by God.
Church is not a building nor an institution.
Church is the hope of the world.
Circumstances: a means to work in and out of us certain character traits
Colossians 2:13-17; 1 Corinthians 2:2
Colossians 3:21; 2 Corinthians 1:18-19; Philippians 1:6
Comments about marriage: Happiness: is not a by product; in some part it is a choice; is cyclical and seasonal; often is a by product of nurturing a deep connection with God through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Community is critically important to our spiritual health.
Concept faith only, works only, or both
Concluding remarks: None of us will get it right. Be consistent.
Conclusion: Jesus came to serve and to give HIs life. Our example is Jesus.(1Corinthians 11:1) To lead is to serve.
Confidence: not self confidence BUT God confidence
Connecting; Confronting; a Cause or a Cognitive Reset; Caring
Context of passage
Contrast between what David would have done, what he did and what happens in the middle
Controversial tax - the head tax
CPO (Chief Prospective Officer)
cultural way verses kingdom way
Culture of Jerusalem: Traditionalists verse Progressives
David - follower
David's acquired act of devotion
David's attitude (respect); his approach (gave up advantage); his appeal
Dealing with the negative experiences in our lives: GET to forgiveness; Confess and Repent
Deen and Althea Salami interview
Default setting: not-getting-it-ness
Defend the Bible, What the Bible is to us, How to use the Bible
Defining the good life grows out of our assumptions BUT according to Jesus the good life is life in the kingdom of God and it's available to everyone!
Definition of humility (Philippians 2:5b-8)
definition of Idolatry
Definition of repentance which we never outgrow
Desperate pragmatism, Identity shift, Deception
Deuteronomy 3:26; Job 33:4; Daniel 3:25
Deuteronomy 31:10-13, Deuteronomy 6:4-7, Psalm 145:3-7, John 14:23-24, 2John 1:6, Ephesians 6:1, Colossians 3:20, Matthew 28:18-20
Deuteronomy 5:15; 7:18, Numbers 11:5; Romans 2:23; Psalm 51:1-4
Deuteronomy 5:16: Exodus 20:12
Deuteronomy 8:17-18; Ecclesiastes 5:19-20
Devoted themselves to: apostles' teachings, breaking bread, prayer and FELLOWSHIP
Devotion looks like recklessness; Devotions means we fight God's battles God's way; Devotion means we become less optical; Devotion means obedience (butterfly effect)
Devotionally (Bible time) Functionally (modern day)
Did __ know: Jesus in garden (Matthew 26:36-4); David rebuked by Nathan (2Samuel 12); Peter in Jerusalem shares the truth about Jesus (Acts 2:14-42); Moses and the burning bush (Exodus 3:1-15); God spoke to the boy Samuel (1Samuel 3); Abraham told to leav
Disciplines: Take a Sabbath each week; spend some time contemplative; spend time avocationally; be inactive
disclaimers about John 7:53-8:11
Disobedience always involves kidding ourselves.
Disobedience causes trouble.
Do unto others...(the golden rule)
Doctrinal context: Is there a contradiction between work out our salvation with fear and trembling verses justified by faith through God's grace?
Doctrine first then practice
Documentary hypothesis, 1 Corinthians 15:3-7
Does it look like impotence or perservance/single minded devotion.
Don't give Caesar the allegiance he is asking for. Give it to God.
Early Jesus movement: quote from a letter by Julian
Earthly wisdom vs wisdom from Heaven
Elastic collisions or in-elastic
Encouragements to help with "taking aim": 1 Establish the right mind set 2 To live with the end in mind 3 To entrust our circumstances to God
Enemies: self reliance; busyness, laziness
Enough is enough
Enough is never enough.
Ephesians 1::11; Ephesians 4:26; Romans 8:28
Ephesians 3:20, James 1:22, Luke 15
Ephesians 4: 1-16
Ephesians 4:1-16; Genesis 1-2
Ephesians 4:14-16; Ephesians 5:22-33
Ephesians 5:1-20; Romans 1:21; Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 2:6-7; Colossians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Ephesians 5:15-17; Ephesians 5:8-14; Ephesians 2:10; 1Corinthians 13:12;
Ephesians 6:10-20; Luke 24:25
Ephesians is a general letter. Theme is unity (1:9-10, 3:17b-18, 4:3)
Evidence of the Resurrection
Evolution of the first followers
Example of holiness; What is the way of holiness? How can I please God? We are at our best when we do what God wants.
Examples of beautiful story telling in the book of Jonah.
Exodus 1:11-14; Exodus 3:7
Exodus 12:12-13; 21-28
Exodus 22:16, Isaiah 55:8-9
Exodus 32:1-25; Exodus 20:3-4; Genesis 1:25; Psalms 115:4-8; Psalms 135:15-18; Genesis 1:26; Colossians 1:15; Judges 6;27
Factors for predicting martial happiness: Compatibility, relationship with in-laws, level of individual happiness before marriage.
Faith fueled boldness
Faith is understanding that God can do anything.
Faith, Obedience, Compassion, Intercession, Willingness, and Humility
Faithfulness is not expresed by denying our disappointment but by persevering through it.
Fear of God
Financial update on the church building
First principle of the kingdom: If we make our relationship with God the guiding and governing concern of our life, then everything else will fall into place.
Five truths from this passage:
Flee all kinds of body sins.
Focus for 2017
focus on relationship not conflict
Fong and Weezer's view of the good life.
For everyone, you don't inherit faith
For HUSBANDS: They are given a standard. Love your wives as Christ loved the churh (1John 3:16). This means we lay down our lives for our wives. Your goal? To make your wife holy.
For WIVES: 1. the requirement to submit and respect is given to wives! 2. Wives are to offer submission not obedience. 3. Your motivation: submit as to the Lord. 4 To what degree? in everything
Forgiveness is a big deal to our health (Dr. Everett Worthington)
Foundation of our connection to God is God moving in our lives.
four lessons: 1 God's gift is for all people. 2 God is known to us because he has revealed Himself to us. 3 The world is a messy place. 4 God did not fully satisfy all of the world's problems with the coming of Jesus.
Four take aways: 1 message of hope; 2 Cultivate your appetite for God; 3 Kill those beetles; 4 Let your hair grow.
Four things that Christianity's growth means.
Four treasure principles: treasuring the stuff of this world is not a smart life-strategy, leads to spiritual blindness, crowds our ability to treasure God, BUT treasuring the right stuff will be an end to most of our worries.
Fra:mework for prayer: Thanksgiving, Confidence, Substance, Goal, Ground
Framework for prayer as well as Characteristics of a relationship with God and Characteristics of God's response to us.
Galatian 6:7-10; Psalm 25:1-5
Galatians 1:11 - 2:10
Galatians 3:23; Romans 8:28; Colossians 3:23; James 1:2; 2Thimothy 4:2
Galatians 6: 9-10
Galatians 6:1-2; quote from Dallas Willard
Gateway doesn't suffer with racism but does suffer with Me-ism.
Gen.12:1-3; Gen. 15:1-20; Gen. 26:1-6; Gen. 28:10-15; Exodus 3:7-10; Joshua 1:1-4; Joshua 21:43; 2Chronicles 6:14-21
GENERATE Faith; God is our shield and our exceedingly great reward.
Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:15-18; Matthew 22:34-40; John 13:34-35
Genesis 1:27-28; Psalm 139:13-16; Ephesians 2:10
Genesis 12:2; 2Timothy 2:20-21; 2Peter 1:5-8
Genesis 15 and 22
gentleness, grace and respect
Give crazy amounts of money, time, and talent away to meet the needs of those around us.
God does not always answer prayer.
God has a local address (it's worth it.)
God is community; God is a relationship; God gives our life purpose.
God is doing something in us that is explosively new.
God is intimately and lovingly involved in our world (His world).
God is involved with us
God is sovereign. (Psalm 24:1-2; Psalm 135:6; Job 42:2; Ephesians 1:11; Matthew 19:26)
God moves in the circumstance aaround us.
God our Savior has been faithful; has satisfied the demands of justice; is on our side; He is merciful to us; blessed Mary
God Protects, Guides and Provides
God reveals Himself to those who are like children.
God reveals Himself to those whom the Son chooses.
God speaks to His people. Ed gives examples from his life. (scripture, thought bombs, strange urgings)
God was the driving force in Paul,s story
God's anger: Psalm 7:11, Exodus 4:14, Mark 3:5
God's apparent delay
God's Character: He's jealous; He judges iniquity; He's merciful to people who are obedient; He holds people accountable for misusing His name
God's elect, choice, excellence, selection
God's exiles, strangers scattered in the world
God's heart includes ALL people: Christians AND Non-christians
God's people acting faithfully will never lack God's supply.
God's plan not Plan B
God's power is n the story of Jesus. its aftermath and its effects of this story.
God's purposes will be served.
God's second chance
Growth of the Jesus movement is unparalleled when considering both the scope and duration. It demands our attention.
Grumbling is a big deal to God
Guidelines: Pray, Look at platforms, Resist the temptation to be alarmed, Speak righteousness to power. Don't compromise to lose your ability to speak prophetically
Guiding principles for proactive submission: We are God's slaves; Jesus acted this way; Jesus healed us.
HAPPILY GIVE what you have DECIDED to give
Hard work and diligence
Hebrew 11:1 and 8-12
Hebrews 10: 24-25
hebrews 3: 12-13 ; 4: 1.11
Hebrews 9:27; Joel 2:1; Isaiah 30:15-18; Matthew 18;25
Helplessness and faith
Hints on how and why the Jesus movement spread.
History in the time of Amos
History leading up to chapter 32
History of giving to the church
Holiness and it's frequent use.
Holiness is internal transformation
Holiness is NOT motivated by guilt..
Honoring our mother comes to us as a command of God; This is the first commandment with a promise: This commandment is critical to our spiritual health
How can we have gentleness, grace and respect: Our primary citizenship is not America, God was here before America and will be here after America: pray for the prosperity of Babylon
How did he get there: Miss what God wanted, We respond badly to outcome of doing what God wants.
How did the explosion of the Jesus movement happen?
How do we fix our attention? 1. Imagine your own funeral. What you want people to say about you? 2. Read something about heaven. 3. Get help. (Prayer)
How do we get rest?
How do we get this done? (verse 10 , 8 and 11)
How do we neighbor well?
How do we share the Gospel? (4 C's)
How do we sow Jesus into others? (like young children and as a nursing mother cares for her child)
How do we worship HIM? ( Romans 6)
How do you know what the will of God is?
How does God deal with us: Natural consequences (Moses wasn't able to enter Promise Land), Withheld privileges, Restoration was always God's point
How does He communicate this: through the art of exaggeration
How does Paul evaluate his circumstances? Is God being honored/glorified?
How does Paul evaluate the ministry of others and the impact of others?
How does this happen? (small groups and building community with spouse)
How has the movement Jesus started held together/lasted.
How much do we need to KNOW?...an increasing amount
How should we behave, relate, live?
How should we live: 1 strict self control; 2 focused intentionality
How to get it: Present our requests to God, Be thankful to God, Change your thinking, Be vigilant, Pursue community
How we think about church; and what is most essential?
How: 6 Principles/ themes: 1 Speak less. 2 Mind your own business. 3 Listen to your critics. 4 Bless those who insult you, slight you, forget you, and dislike you. 5 Own your own strengths and let them speak for themselves. 6 Accept your limits.
Humble yourselves, Be vigliant, Resist the devil
humility and freedom
Hurt causes a hole (absence of joy). 3 options for filling hole
I am not healthily relating to God if I am not worshipping HIM gladly., John 4:19-24; Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:8-9, Worsip fully engages both our heart and our head., When people experience God for who He is that experience drives them to confession; moti
I am the LORD!
I siash 55:6-7
If I'm developing a servant's heart: I don't act out of self interest. I value others above myself. (A warning sign is frustration.) I put the interests of others ahead of my own (Amplified Bible Philippians 2:4):
If no loving connections in your life exercise of your religion will be empty.
If we operate effectively and fully within the church then all other activities and priorities are elevated and benefitted.
If we want to have healthy life giving relationships we have to utterly abandon the tried and true practice of condemning and blaming others.
If you don't have loving connections in your life your ethics may be pointless.
If you see a problem, own it.
Illustration of a navy pilot crashing comparing it to our upside down lives.
Illustration: We are like an atom.
Implications: Hell is always involved (and so is God). Sometime hell is the primary cause. Jesus is the key.
Importance/need for small groups
individually (creator-created). Benefit (Psalm 84, Corporately (Psalm 95))
Injustice occurs when someone who has power uses that power to take from the weak. (Micah 6:8, Matthew 23:3-4) God's rebuke was his use of power not adultery or murder.
Inquiring of the LORD - a lifelong habit
Interview with Jabin and Bijou
Invest in community. (Meet together regularly Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:46 and Serve 1 Peter 4:10)
Is the book a historical retelling of actual events? or Is it a book written as a morality play?
Is this for real? (If it is true everything changes.)
Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 2:1-20; Matthew 16:18
Isaiah 12:3; Jeremiah 2:13
Isaiah 29:13; Genesis 4 (Cain and Abel); 2 Kings 17; 1 Corinthians 14; Acts 17:26-28; 2 Chronicles 7:3
Isaiah 50:4; Psalm 63:5-6; Ecclesiastes 3:1-3; Isaiah 30:15; Pslm 27:14; Psalm 37:7; Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:15; Psalm 62:10; Psalm 119:30; 2 Chronicles 11:16; 2 Chronicles 12:14
Isaiah 59:1-2, 12-13; Isaiah 53:4-6; Matthew 1:18-21
Isaiah 6; Exodus 15
Isaiah 61:1-11; 1 John 1:1-4
Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 2:1-12; Mark 4:35-41
Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-25
Isaiah 8: 12-13
Isiah 40:1-11; Titus 3:4-7; Matthew 2:1-16;
It was all about the Land or was it not all about the Land
It's not about how much WE KNOW; it's about how much we LOVE.
James 1:17, John 15:4-5, Deuteronomy 8:10-11;16-18
James 2: 14-26
James 4:1-3; Exodus 15:3-5; Deuteronomy 20; Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; 1 Peter 2:13; Romans 13:1-4; Ephesians 2:19-20; Matthew 21:12-13; Matthew 22:21
James 4:3; Psalm 122:1; Psalm 115:12-13; Proverbs 13:22
Jeremiah 1:1-10; Jeremiah 1:14; Jeremiah 6:1-2; Jeremiah 11: 6-11; Jeremiah 25:15; Jeremiah 12:1-3; Jeremiah 20:7-10; 14-16;
Jeremiah 29, Matthew 24:6
Jeremiah and Matthew
Jesus and PETER Walk on Water
Jesus builds the church.
Jesus did not avoid making waves.
Jesus forgives sin; Jesus refers to Himself as Son of Man = God squeezed into human form.
Jesus got dirty.
Jesus is King of everything and everyone.
Jesus is a fork (so don't be surprised.)
Jesus is after lovers not likes
Jesus is the way! Jesus is the truth! Truth is a person (Story about LeBron James). Jesus is the life! (Story about Philip)
Jesus looks for him.
Jesus makes himself central to the whole discussion of eternal life.
Jesus met people where they were and offered what they requested or what they truly knew they needed.
Jesus modeled a Servant's heart: self sacrificing service
Jesus said the Sabbath is for our good/benefit; that He is the Lord of the Sabbath and we should do good on it.
Jesus took the initiative
Jesus uses words, miracles, circumstances, His teachings, and things that happen around us to probe, poke, push us to lean into Him
Jesus' favorite topic: The kingdom of God
Jesus' ministry was fantastic, wild and unpredictable, glorious and at times strange
Jesus' ministry was recognizing the fantastic authority and power of Jesus.
Jewish ritual meal
John 1; 1-5; 14
John 13:31-35; John 17:1-5; Romans 12:11; John 21:15-19
John 15:16; Ephesians 1:11; Romans 8:29; 1 Peter 1:18-19
John 16:33; John 15:21-22
John 17 (Glory)
John 17:20-23 (Jesus' High Priestly Prayer)
John 18-19; Luke 9:15; Pssalm 118
John 20:24-31, John 11:16, John 14:5, 1Corinthians 15:8, John 4:25-26, John 8:19, John 14:19, Ephesians 2:20, 1John 1:1-3
John 3 (Nicodemus)
John 3: 1-18
John 3:16; Genesis 15; Nicodemus (John 3:1-21); God's love; biblical Faith
John 9 (healing of blind man)
John the Baptist - "Why am I still in prison?"
Jonah 2; 2Corinthians 7:10; Psalm 51:11; Psalm 31:22; Ephesians 2:1,4-5
Jonah 3:4-10; Jonah 4:1-11; Jonah 2:8; Psalm 139:23-24; isaiah 42:6-7; Isaiah 49:6
Jonah was filled with unbridled nationalism and racism. (Explanation given)
Jordan's comments on planning WORSHIP service.
Joy of Humility
Judges 1:7; Numbers 6:1-21; E[hesians 1:3-4; Acts 1:8; 1Corinthians 12-14; Galatians 5:22-23; Romans 8:13; Hebrews 11:32
Just War, Pacifism
Justice is about power (power when it's not distributed evenly)
Justice is not fairness (Ecclesiastes 9, Matthew 25:14-30) nor is it vengeance (Romans 12:20, Proverbs 20:21, 1Peter 3:9, Romans 12:17, Isaiah 1:17
Justification (do vs done); Salvation (experiencing God now)
Key 3: Speak the truth in love. Which builds stability, complements SPIRITUAL growth and unity, and causes growth in body of Christ.
Key 4: Practice your relational posture.
Key 5: Pray together.
Key principles: 1. This is not the main world. (Hebrews 11:3,6-7) 2. This world cannot fully satisfy us. (Hebrews 11:8-10) 3. Resilient people intentionally set their hope on the world to come. (1Peter1:13; Hebrews 6; Hebrews 12:1-3)
Key to successful relationships: Humility - Jesus
Kindness, God's timing is perfect, Unplug
Kingdom of God is "already/not yet"
Lazarus, Martha, Mary
Lessons from Lazarus: a time of great delay; training for resurrection; acknowledge Jesus is ALWAYS bigger than what we think
Lessons learned - Blinding truths: 1 There is no magic pill. 2 Anxiety was and is my friend. 3 God is Sovereign.
Leviticus 11 (clean and unclean animals)
Leviticus 23:23-25: Numbers 29:1-6
Leviticus 23:33-44; Numbers 29:12-38
Life after the Resurrection
life patterns: another example Matthew 16:24-26 or Luke 9:23
Light bulb illustration
Little active recognition of who God is and what he has done
Little boy and his lunch (John 6:1-15)
Live is to connetion as blank is to blank. (analogy examples are given)
Lives connected to a honorable God then we are people of honor
Living an Effective Life
Living the Life
Looking to God to do amazing (supernatural) things.
Looks like: When we have objective criticism. PART: get Pray, share Active concerns, Rehearse the criticism, set a Time.
Looks like: When we've been hurt, disappointed or frustrated. 2 steps: allow God to show us our real concern (Psalm 139:23-24), admit our issue to ourself and others with grace and vulnerability.
Love can be a cancer.
Love if an action and a differential.
Love is a stinking big deal. Love is the way our connections happen.
Love is patient, kind and is not self seeking/own way.
Love of money - 1Timothy 6:10
Love song done in the round.
Loving our neighbor as ourself
Luke 1:1-25; Mark 6:5; Ephesians 3:20; 1Corinthians 2:2
Luke 1:46-55; Luke 2:34; Luke 24:25-26; Luke 24:31; Ecclesiastes 3:11; Luke 24:13-35
Luke 10:25-37; John 5:24; John 6:47; John 5:39; John 6:40
Luke 18:18-30; Matthew 6:31-34
Luke 21:25-28; 2 Timothy 4:8; Philippians 3:20
Luke 4:14-30; Luke 13:1-5
Luke 5: 27-32
Luke 6:1-11; Mark 2:27
Luke 7:18-23; Luke 11:22-29
Luke 9:23-25; Philemon 6
Luke 9:23-26 or Mark 8:34-37 or Matthew 16:24-26
Maatthew 3:2; Matthew 4:17 (Repent...the kingdom of Heaven has come near.)
Main instruction - Give: Deliberately and Cheerfully
Make as much as you can so that you can save as much as you can so you can give as much as you can so that you can be happy so that you can glorify God
Make as much as you can so that you can spend as much as you can so that you can be happy.
mark 1:22; Matthew 7:1-5; Hebrews 5:14; Matthew 18:15; Isaiah 55:7; Luke 7:48; Malachi 4:2; John 1:14; John 3:16-17
Mark 12: 28-34
Mark 4: 26-32
Mark 9:35; Matthew 20:28; John 13:12-15; Philippians 2:3-11
Martin Luther's struggle with his hatred of the righteousness of God.
Mary did you know?
Matthew 15:1-20; John 3:1-21
Matthew 18: 21-35
Matthew 18:21-35; Ephesians 4:22-24 and verse 32; Matthew 6:9-15: verses 14 and 15 highlight forgiveness; Hebrews 12:15
Matthew 25:31-46; 1John 3:16-18
Matthew 27:46; Psalm 10:1; Psalm 13:1-2
Matthew 28: 16-20
Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 19:10
Matthew 5:1-12 (Beatitudes)
Matthew 5:23-24; Ephesians 4:32
Matthew 5:48, 2Timothy 1:9, John 17:17, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, 1Corinthians 7:13-14, John 4:13-14
Matthew 6:5-15; Luke 11:1-15
Matthew 6:9-13; 7:9-11
Matthew 7:1-12; Luke 6:17-49
Mechanics of worship
Micah 5:2-6; Matthew 1:16-2:15; Hosea 11:1; Isaiah 7:14
Missional living (missional by design)
Moral law is violated to the SLIGHTEST degree then death is the sentence.
More reasons to give: Its who we are and God tells us to give.
More than our behavior; internal operations are also involved.
MOST IMPORTANT: Love is the way God approaches us. (John 3:16)
Motivation: Are you a merchant or a lover
My relationship with God matters and I cannot build without a healthy game plan.
Nabal - fool
Nahum divided into three parts: 1. An introductory hymn praising God's vengeance. 2. Turns HIs attention to Assyria. 3. Nahum taunts the Assyrians.
Nehemiah takes names
never seen it: lying, fooled embellished, empty tomb
Nine common factors people have who lived to be 100 plus..
No desires: suffering from spiritual flu or spiritually dead
No grace to Ninevites, yet he just experienced God's unmerited grace.
No one is beyond the reach of grace; God uses real people; Faith plus obedience equals blessings
Not a list of what we are suppose to be but right siding up our lives constantly.
Not answers BUT God.
not medically possible
Not Mistake BUT Response
Not speaking to you - good question - Psalmist often asked, "Where are you?"
Nourish others out of personal wholeness. (Counseling and Engage yourself in a mentoring relationship)
npookaptepew: devoted to
Nursing mothers: Takes time with baby, Listens for baby's needs, and fills up to empty; Does it really make a fifference? (testimony from Katie's life about meeting a women)
Obedience is a stinking big deal. (Present day example: 1976 rescue of Israelis)
OBSERVATIONS: a. This was not a fair trial. b. Pilate was intrigued, even provoked by Jesus. c.Jesus was fully aware. d. This event was driven by the hatred of the Jewish leaders and by the hand of the Father
Observations: Idolatry can flourish in uncertainty and anxiety; blurs God's uniqueness into "God and"; adores the "made" in place of the Maker; breeds when Godly leaders don't lead.
Observations: To honor is to ascribe great worth. Honor is giving. It can't be self designated. Honor is personal.
Offer is not conditional; it is consequential.
Old Testament sacrifical system (Thanksgiving offering)
On one side of ledger NOt get away with it. (How do we sow to the sinful nature?) On the other side we will be rewarded.
On reading the Bible try to find out what the original author intended.
One of the 5 reasons we can believe: 1 Old Testament prophecy suggest something like the birth of Jesus.
Open our lives to people in need. (Short term missions Matthew 28:19-20 and Simplify. Psalm 131:1)
OR events actually happened (Christian faith makes a truth claim.)
origin of the name, Beelzebub
our context, our challenges, our cracks, our chains, our culture
Our GOAL is to honor God with our bodies.
Our holiness helps us win the world around us.
Our MOTIVATION is for the Lord. Our body is a critical part of how things are and how they are suppose to be..
Our need to see God's Glory
Our people are crazy enough to believe that reality includes a spiritual supernatural realm all around us that interacts with us. They believe it because they experienced it.
Our people were deeply and profoundly related to Jesus.
Our story is meant to be shared.
Our work allows us to be: contributors, models and generous
Overview of chapters leading up to Hebrews 20:19 (Therefore)
Passover - To be compassionate toward; to protect
Pastor Tim Keller's analogy
Paul Harvey's story
Peace: the sense of being protected, contented, confident
People are slow on how big God is.
persecution; the apostles arrested and flogged; Stephen (the first martyr)
Pharisees and Herodians were an odd pairing to question Jesus.
Pharisees misquoted scripture (Deuteronomy 22:21)
Philippians 1:21; Hebrews 3:12-13
Philippians 1:27-30; James 1:17; John 17
Philippians 1:27; Romans 11:27
Philippians 2: 12-13
Philippians 2:12-13; Jeremiah 29:10-13; Matthew 11:25-30
Philippians 3:1-16, 7 Helpful Hints:, 1. Remember self salvation projects will not work v3:1-3, 2. Adopt a healthy disregard for your own accomplishments. v3:7, 3. Encourage your own passionate longing to know Christ v3:3,10-11 and Romans 12:11, 4. Develo
Philippians 4:19; Deuteronomy 11; Matthew 5:20; 48; Genesis 15
Point 1: Church is composed of many different parts. Diversity (in unity)
Point 2: All of the parts of the body are needed.
Point 3: All of the parts of the body are ordered and arranged by God.
Point 4: We give honor to one another.
Point 5: We are all parts of the body of Christ.
Political parties were: Pharisees, Sadducees, Zealots and Herodians.
Possible reason for Saul's name change
Power available in and through Jesus is now available in and through us
Practice creative devotion. (Bible reading Psalm 19:7-8 and Prayer)
Practice of Creative Devotion
Pray for boldness, energy, opportunity, and practice the ministry of invitation
Prayerful, Open, Humble, Be aware(race matters), Be blessed, Be ready
Prescription for trouble, happiness, sickness, sin, and wandering
Principle # 2: Our connection with one another is fundamental to who we are as Christ's followers.
Principle: God graciously gives his people faith and suffering so they can enjoy fearlessly working in a radical community to tell others about Jesus Christ.
Profile done by the FBI on the Unabomber.
Promote your spouse personally and spiritually.
Proper context: your conversation, your conduct, your craft
Prophets studied and prayed and spoke about what was to come but the full revelation was for us and not for them.
Proverbs 10:4; Proverbs 20:4
Proverbs 10:4; Proverbs 26:15; Psalm 46:30
Proverbs 19:10; Hebrews 10:31; Psalm 96
Proverbs 21:5, Genesis 2:15, Proverbs 10:4
Proverbs 22:24-25, Accept the gift of limits, Check your anger meter (Proverbs 29:11), Get some exercise
Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 14:30, Proverbs 15:13, Proverbs 17:22, Proverbs 15:32, Proverbs 16:13, Proverbs 19:19, Psalm 37:8
Providence of God, Provision of God, Protection of God
Provoke- 3 things:1 It takes effort. 2 It spurs in a particular direction: toward love and good deeds. 3 This happens with one another; it is not a solo activity.
Psalm 103 ( revisited from Sondy's testimony)
Psalm 127:1-2; 1Kings 8:27
Psalm 131, Psallm 25:4-10, Matthew 7:1, Matthew 6:33
Psalm 18:3-19; Isaiah 53:3; Ephesias 2:1-9; Romans 8:22-23
Psalm 20:4; Philippians 4:12-13; James 1:2-3
Psalm 34; Isaiah 8; Jeremiah 29; Ephesians 4:3
Psalm 47, 63, 134, 42:43
Psalm 73; Psalm 26:8; Ephesians 1:17-19
Psalm 81: 11-14; John 14: 23-24; Proverbs 21: 5;25
Psalm 90:4; Galatians 4:4 Ezekiel 8:23
Psalm 95; Hebrews 3:15; Ephesians 3:14-19
Quitter's gene; quote from Gordon MacDonald's book A Resilient Life
quote : Book of Wisdom
quote by Dr. J.J. Roberts
quote by Dr. Nahum Schwartz in Mosaic called The Discomforting and Urgent Message from the Prophet Nahum
quote from Andrew Murray
Quote from Charles Colson
Quote from D. H. Lawrence (poet)
quote from Dorothy Sayers - Law of stop sign or law of fire (Moral Law of God)
quote from Engaging with God by David Peterson
Quote from St. Augustine
quote from The Triump of Christianity by Rodney Stark
Quote from Tim Keller; Just do it.
Quote in article by John Frank
Quotes from C. S. Lewis
Quotes from Flannery O'Connor, Paul Tournier (a christian therapist), Philip Yancy (Church: Why Bother?), Saint John of the Cross
quotes from John Piper (Desiring God); Blaise Pascal; Billy Graham (Just As I Am)
quotes from Ray Romano, Elisabeth Elliot, John Piper
R-LOWT: R - Remember what the Lord has done and remind each other. L - Love the Lord your God. O - Obey the Lord. W - Worship the Lord. T - Teach others to follow His ways especially your children
Reason (vs 4-8) for the word BUT (vs 9)
Reasons for skipping church
Reasons to believe in the Resurrection (empty tomb, early witnesses, first followers)
Recognizing God's Calling
Refuse to follow the rhythms of sin and practice the rhythms of righteousness.
Relationship: Intimate (YAGA); Simplicity (KISS); Perseverance (PUSH)
Religion closes ranks around itself and defends itself: repentance listens, examines and opens itself up to others.
Religion wants to earn, needs to be good; repentance wants to receive grace given and to surrender.
Religious person or a Christ follower
REM: Rely Exclusively on you Maker
Remember, Reflect and Repent
Repentance and Mercy
Resilient people live with spiritual discipline.
Resilient people run with the right company.
Response: Fatherly; Good; Definite (John 14:13 15:16; 16:24)
Revelation 5:1-6; Mathew 1:18-25
Review from message about repentance (8-5-2018).
Review of part one
Review of previous 2 messages on Holiness
Review of the past 10 messages from Philippians
Review of week one (rubber band analogy) and week two (dancing with an infected toe)
Review; circumstances surrounding 1 Corinthians 13 (1Corinthians 12:1)
Rich young ruler - Luke 18:18-30
Right company: 1 Provides unity. 2 Performs like a symphony. 3 Is a place of stability. 4 Is a place of growth.
Right perspective is God's perspective
Right side view of politics
Risk, Tenacity, Surrender
Robert Waldinger discusses his 75 year study.
Romanian Pastor's story
Romans 1-11: systematic laying out of the whole truth about our connection with God.
Romans 1:16-17; 2 Corinthians 9:6;
Romans 12:1-2: high level summary of what we are suppose to do/live because of chapters 1-11.
Romans 12:4-5; 1Thessalonians 2:8; Ephesians 2:6; 1Corinthians 6:2-3
Romans 13:9; John 15:12-13; John 13:34-35; Ephesians 4:11-16; Ephesians 3:16-21; Galatians 6:10; Genesis 1; Ecclesiastes 4:9-11;
Romans 3: 10,23
Romans 3: 11-12
Romans 3:23-24; Romans 4:4-5; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-9
Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; 2Corinthians 5:21
Romans 4:16, 20-24
Romans 6:1-23: 2Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1Peter 2:11-12; Galatians 5:22-23
Romans 6:23 and Romans 10:9
Romans 7; Psalm 31:5
Romans 8: 29-30
Sabbath: Placement, Pervasiveness, and Purpose of this command
Sacrificial system enhances our relationship with God by being ever present and comprehensive in the lives of Old Testament saints;: God accommodated Himself to His people: He symbolicallycommunicated both are need for forgiveness and His offer of forgive
Sailors prayed to their god as Jonah slept.
Same but different
Saul's final act of defiance
Scene: a mom asks a request from Jesus
seeker or Skeptic
Seeking, Serving, Sharing, and Storying, Luke 19:10; Philippians 2:4-7: Matthew 20:28; Matthew 5:16;1Timothy 1:16; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 1 Peter 3:15, Loving God shows up in how we treat others., Seeking means praying, preparing and purposely moving in d
seven reasons to be holy
Similar account in Matthew 9:32-34
Six ways a father can cause bitterness in a child:
Six ways we are strengthened for suffering: 1. We are not out of God's will. 2. Christ suffered. 3. Jesus has brought us safely to God. 4. Remember Noah. 5. Remember your baptism. 6. Remember where Jesus ended up
Slavery, Cyber sex trafficking
So how does it apply to us?
So we bring humble, dependent, hearts; we trust in the Son; and we follow Jesus.
So why give: commitment to one another
Solution: don't judge, don't impose on others, ask God-seek first...
Solutions to problems (i.e. choosing deacons)
Some choose not to work
Some go above and beyond Philippians 2:5-11
Sovereign God is always involved in our lives. God provided fish and vine.
Spiritual Blindness results in ruin or leads to ruin. ( John 1:9-10), Ephesians 4:17-18, )
Spiritual curiosity does not reequire EXPERTISE.
Spiritual growth: What is it; How does it grow; Why is it important?
Spiritual leaders set the pace Mark 9:35
Spiritually resilient people live with the end in mind.
Statistics on church growth throughout history (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism)
story about Larry and Kathy
Story by Matt Woodley told to him by Mark Maynell
Story is set in human history.
Story is set in redemptive history.
Story is to be set in our personal history.
Story of Hattie
story of Joseph storing for famine compared to storing away in barns (Luke 12:13-21)
Story of woman's broach
strong connection between obedience and blessing
Study bible approach, Devotional approach, Weird Word, Application/Implication
Submission (not a reaction to power but need)
Summary: When we understand how much we have been forgiven and the cost then we are compelled to freely forgive even at a great cost to ourselves.
Surrender and do as He says
Surrender, Spiritual Grip, and Eternal Perspective
Susan and Diane share what personal devotion looks like in their lives.
Take a step toward holiness (three ways were suggested).
Take aways from this story: 1. Linger over life's tough questions. 2. Press into your emotional pain. 3. Listen to your critics. 4. Express what's real to God's people (James 5:16)
Take the next step
Take the NEXT STEP in GENEROSITY.
Take the NEXT STEP in managing YOUR FINANCES well.
Take the right next step
Taming the Tongue
Ted talk by John Sutherland on Locard's Exchange Principle.
Ted talk from Kelly McGonigal; story about the atheist; quote from Kevin Chapman
Terry Gross' interview with Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke.
testimonies from Gateway people opening their lives to people in need.
Testimony about the beginnings of Gateway
testimony by Jason Orr; quote from Daniel Block
Testimony from Bill Russell on reluctant obedience
testimony of Bill White; quote from Mark Rooker
Thanksgiving, Rejoicing, Thought life
The antidote: present your request to God in every situation by PRAYER and PETITION with THANKSGIVING.
The appearance of Jesus makes real change possible.
The body is for the Lord and the Lord is for the body..
The church is the body of Christ and an organic, living, organism.
The church will be built.
the Crowd's Vision vs. the Kingdom Vision: its fuel, its emotional atmosphere, what it looks like and its desired outcomes.
The establishment and maintenance of key relationships depends on genuine, caring, spiritual CURIOSITY
The Hypothesis: If we dedicate an hour a day to doing business with God, our lives will be better. We will be more in sync. Our relationships will improve. We will, in fact, over time become better people.
The Kingdom of God
the meaning of others
The new thing creates a living hope within us.
The new thing sets us up for an awesome eternity.
The only ability Jesus is looking for is availability. (1Corinthians 1:26-31)
The purpose of our discipleship is spiritual reproduction.
The Rich Industrialist
The Story of Joseph (Genesis 37-50); Genesis 37:34-35; Genesis 45:1-9; Genesis 50:15-18
The surest path to financial success is to employ God's Math.
the TRUTH of the Resurrection, the CONTEXT of his death, the MEANING of the whole story
The way to have is to give (v 19).
The work is dedicated to the Lord 1 Corinthians 11:1, Nehemiah 3:20, Colossians 3:23
Themes that affect our work: Our jobs are insecure; we have to work crazy hours; technology; our meaning comes from work.
Then they had Triumphalists; now there is the health and wealth philosophy.
They got more and less than what they expected from the Messiah.
This is huge (and we are part of it). (So stay in the game.)
This year: Renewed sense of expectation with new stories in our lives.
three parts to message: Why Ed is wearing a hat from the Keys? How did we build this building? Why did we build the facility?
Three points to this story: 1. It demonstrates that Thomas was an apostle. 2. It demonstrates just how common doubt is (Thomas also shows us some of how we should deal with doubt.) 3. Thomas makes the ultimate faith declaration! He proclaims the heart of
Three points: 1 pick; 2 Power of holiness; 3 Pit fall
three things: What is worship? Why do we worship? How do we worship well?
Thriving organizations pursue excellence not success.
To be a disciple of Jesus means to be : Wholeheartedly, all in as a student of the life and ways. (Matthew 7:29)
To believe that if Jesus is involved then anything is possible
To obey: we must first hear what he is saying; when we get into trouble we repent wholeheartedly; we have to say "Amen" to whatever God is doing
Traditions: factors and framework
Train children to know God's works and to worship God joyfully.
True Christian leadership enables others to succeed.(vs 26-28) Ephesians 5:25; Colossians 3:23; Max DePrees' quote from Leadership is an Art
True Christian leadership is directed by God. (vs 23); Ephesians 2:11: Are your goals God's goal?
True Christian leadership is not self promoting. (vs 25-26); point others to God not to ourselves; willingness to take the job thatis needed; not a competition team; allow God to raise us up (Luke 14:10-11); Jim Collins (Good to Great) Level 5
True spirituality emanates from a good and true heart (being born again)
two arguments for Matthew being the author: 1. The unanimity of documentary evidence. 2. The striking similarity of language.
Two critical thoughts Matthew wanted to convey: 1 fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, 2 make clear: Jesus is God with us.
Two images: gatherer and collector or receiver and giver
two legitimate explanations: 1. Matthew didn't write a large portion of the book. 2. Great deal of mythology
Two Myths/Lies: We think provision depends on what we do (v17). AND we believe we would be happier if we had more resources(v17).
Two needs: encouragement and significance
Two requirements: being connected to God and participate
Two stories that illustrate neighboring: $93 club and Tim Winton
Understanding our purpose is key to who we are; is essential if our lives are to be lived with any beauty and grace; is bearing up under the difficulties of life
Unforgiveness of blasphemy (Miss everything else don't miss this.)
Uplift God's character. Matthew 5:48; 1Peter 2:11-12 (Confession of sin James 5:16 and Scripture memory Psalm 119:11)
Using our resources with wisdom and purpose
Using resources with wisdom and purpose. (Giving - tithing Malachi 3:8-10; Romans 12:1; James 1:16-17 and Time management Ephesians 5:15-17)
video on choices
Video: Big Picture View of Bible
Video: Maarko and Gabi (seen on Gataway Blog Oct. 28, 2018) Fighting injustice is God's weight but our work.
Video: Not the whole story
VIP for Prayer: Vision, Intention, Plan
Vision, Intention, Means
Ways to develop Personal Wholeness
Ways to Nourish Others: Hebrew 10:24-25; 1Timothy 1:15-16
Ways to stay DEVOTED: Inquire, Look, Allow, Seek Reflect
We will draw people in for the purpose of sending people out..
we are not religious pluralist
We are the color purple.
We become a "Jonathan" to each other because we need each other.
We believe the biographical accounts of his life are TRUE.
We can experience the rest of a loving relationship with God if we follow the life and practices of Jesus,
We can't know our story apart from knowing how we fit into His story
We cannot buy lives that are deeper and wider.
We don't choose Jesus. He chooses us. (John 15:16)
We know what we know about God through revelation.
We learn to love well and then we practice what we have learned.
We make bad choices because we think wrongly about God.
We must healthily engaged with ourselves. (John 3:30; Matthew 16:24-26) with God (Matthew 22:37) with others who have a relationship with God; with those who do not have a relationship with God. (Matthew 33:39-40)
We must obey. (Matthew 7:13-14)
We MUST share Christ.
We need the right goal and the right motivation for managing our bodies well.
We need to be the example in someone else's life.
We resemble what we revere.
We store things up because: We don't know how to deal with them. We want to use them. We have buried them knowingly or unknowingly.
We submit to the Desert (Old identity goes to make way for the new.).
We will be a community that gives.
We will get better and bolder at tellling God's story.
We will not impose our "good things" on those who don't want them or need them. (dogs and pigs)
We worship Jesus because he is humble, utterly unique, Son of God, great, Messiah
Weapons: the Jesus Story/Gospel and Prayer
Wesley: Earn, Save Give all you can!
What do we do with that experience? (ignore it, mininize it, radically adjust our whole life around it, allow ourselves to be led to real repentane, submit ourselves to following it, even if it changes our lives}
What does living life as a resident of God's Kingdom look like in our relationships: DO TO OTHERS AS YOU...
What does Paul think of his future prospects?
What does real submission look like?
What God said vs what the Israelites heard.
What is Jesus saying: He's claiming to be God; and He's claiming to be the source of rest!
What is rest: Genesis 1-2:1-3 (it was good and God was satisfied.
What is spiritual discipline: 1 Make a habit of taking a serious time of reflection. 2 Engage in a serious Bible study. 3 Regular Bible reading 4 Daily prayer 5 Physical exercise 6 Regular time of worship
What is the essential message of Nahum? (Justice must be served.)
What it looks like if we focus on trees: dependence on God, waiting on God, connecting to community, seeing ourselves as God sees us
What kind of unity? (Functional, Spiritual, Purposeful, Doctrinal)
What motivated Paul?
What now? Pay attention to the teachings of the Aposttles. Talke the next step. Remember.. and do not surrender ground to doubt unnecessarily. Look at his wounds.
what Peter does say:
what Peter doesn't say
What the Bible doesn't say about holiness.
What we do here matters.
When experience and instruction clash follow instruction.
When the life of kinetic Jesus(moving toward his destiny and carrying within himself the energy of heaven) collides with another life, that collision creates enormous energy and change in the other.
When we are more invested we do more. (Insurance commercial))
When we have an encounter with the resurrected Jesus we should pursue Jesus with: 1 Single minded abandon, 2 allow ourselves to be led to real repentane, 3 commit to being a radical follower.
Where are we today? Unconvinced, Don't know (Casual faith), Convinced (looking for next assignment), Sitting (not yet invested), Convinced and all in.
Where do you begin?
Where does real rest come from?
Where does this worship come from and how does this happen (Revelation 5 and Jonah)
Who are the Assyrians?
Who are we? What has God DONE? What's the plan now?
Who is our neighbor?
Who is the protagonist?: Saul, Samuel, David, God
Why care? What is our motivation?
Why do we need rest? 2Thessalonians 3:10
Why do we sow Jesus into others? (becaues we loved you so much and you know how we lived among you for your sake.) Quote from Todd Hunter's book "Christianity Beyong Belief"
Why do we worship on Sunday?
Why don;t we obey? (Illustration: 1911 Gaston Hervieu and 1912 Frantz Reichelt0
Why is community so important; How does being rightly connected benefit us; What does being rightly connected look like?
Why is it difficult to share the Gospel?
Why is Nahum so important for us to hear?
Why Nahum is so unpopular? (commentary by Dr. Duane Kristensen)
WHY such an encouragement
Why was arguing and complaining chosen: Philippians 4:2-3; Exodus 15-18; Deuteronomy 3:25; Ephesians 4:26
Why was he so upset? Two reasons: 1. He didn't believe the Assyrians deserved God's mercy. 2. Jonah wasn't happy because his connecrion to God is about himself... and his type of people.
Why we cling?
William Temple quote
Willing to have awkward moments so that we get honest moments
Win; win or Win; lose
Without me God won't; without God I can't.
women and authority characterized by submissiveness
women and fashion (propriety/dress sense, modesty/respectable and well behaved.good deeds/honor God, good deeds
Work is essential! Work facilitates our ministry!
Work-up-nesses: affect everything and comes from God
Work: finding what we need or fending off what we fear.
Worship - to ascribe ultimate meaning and value to; We all surrender to something.
Worship is for emotional charged person - not true.
You don't have Christianity if you don't have " WE".
You have a champion
You need confidence in and love for God's Word
You need to believe that one is benefited by God's Word
You need to exercise great effort towards obedience/holiness
You need to keep God's Word before your attention.
Zephaniah 1; Exodus 19:16; Isaiah 58:1; Matthew 12:36-37
Ed Allen and Alex York
Eric Knox & Phil Sallee
Sermons by: Celebrating Our 21st Birthday
Apr 28, 2019
What is church? - GOING FORWARD