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What is Love Series – Love Rejoices With Truth Outline

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

alétheia: truth

Phonetic Spelling: (al-ay’-thi-a)

Usage: truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness…. REALITY… WHAT IS REAL, WHAT IS GENUINE

 

WE HAVE A GUIDE TO TRUTH – THE HOLY SPIRIT

John 16:13 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

 

Holy Spirit reveals truth… guides.. opens eyes to what is real

True love rejoices in the truth… in what is right & good.

… Justice

… Righteousness

True love is unhappy about sin, injustice, & wrongdoing.

 

YOU ARE BLESSED TO DELIGHT IN HIS TRUTH

 

Psalm 1:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 Blessed is the man

Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,

Nor stands in the path of sinners,

Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

And in His law he meditates day and night.

 

Psalm 1:1-2 New Century Version (NCV)

Two Ways to Live

1 Happy are those who don’t listen to the wicked,

who don’t go where sinners go,

who don’t do what evil people do.

2 They love the Lord’s teachings,

and they think about those teachings day and night.

 

… Think about it day and night

… Live in Truth

… Delight in Truth

… Blessed

 

THE TRUTH IS PURIFYING – IT SETS YOU APART

 

John 17:17 English Standard Version (ESV)

17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

True love has no need to hide anything. The truth is reality. Real love doesn’t hide.

… Convicts

… Stretches

… Restores

… Grows

 

THE TRUTH IS FREEING

John 8:31-32 English Standard Version (ESV)

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

… Abide in Truth

… Know Truth

… Free because of Truth

 

When you look at your walk, remember that….

True love does not rejoice over the sins of others. True love wants to best for others. True love speaks truth in love to others. True love desires what is good and pure. True love even wants enemies to discover the truth and receive God’s mercy and grace— not for a person’s destruction.

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What is Love Series – Love is Kind Outline

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 

or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 

it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

2 Timothy 3:1-4 English Standard Version (ESV)

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 

heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 

treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

 

KIND

chrésteuomai: to be kind

Phonetic Spelling: (khraste-yoo’-om-ahee)

Definition: to be kind

Usage: I am kind (full of service to others), gentle.

Kindness is an inner quality (ATTITUDE) of compassion, being gentle… caring

Kindness results in goodness (ACTIONS)… serving one another, being generous… doing something because you care

 

KINDNESS

chréstotés: goodness, excellence, uprightness

Phonetic Spelling: (khray-stot’-ace)

Definition: goodness, excellence, uprightness

Usage: goodness, uprightness, kindness, gentleness.

 

Colossians 3:12 (ESV)

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

 

Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)

32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

Luke 6:35-36 English Standard Version (ESV)

35 But love your enemies, 

and do good, 

To do that which is good

To do something which profits others

To do someone a favor

To do what is right

and lend, 

To be generous

expecting nothing in return, 

and your reward will be great, 

and you will be sons of the Most High, 

for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 

36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.

What is Love Series – Love is Patient Outline

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

        1. Love is Patient
        2. Love is Kind
        3. Love rejoices in Truth
        4. Love Always

 

BE PATIENT WITH ALL

 

Colossians 3:12-13 (ESV)

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:14 (AMP)

14 We [earnestly] urge you, believers, admonish those who are out of line [the undisciplined, the unruly, the disorderly], encourage the timid [who lack spiritual courage], help the [spiritually] weak, be very patient with everyone [always controlling your temper].

 

1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (MSG)

13-15 Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.

 

LOVE COVERS ALL TRANSGRESSIONS

 

Proverbs 10:12 (ESV)

12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.

 

Proverbs 10:12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers and overwhelms all transgressions [forgiving and overlooking another’s faults].

 

Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)

32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

 

 

LOVE CONCEALS AN OFFENSE

 

Proverbs 17:9 (ESV)

Whoever covers an offense seeks love,

but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

 

Proverbs 17:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, But he who repeats or gossips about a matter separates intimate friends.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 (MSG)

13-15 Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.

A Fresh Start Outline

Starting Fresh for the New Year

What hinders you?

What prevents you from running well?

 

Hebrews 12:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 

2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

  1. Lay Aside Every Weight (anything that hinders… creates difficulties, slows you down, obstructs)
  2. Lay Aside Sin
  3. Run with Endurance
  4. Eyes on Jesus

 

Galatians 5:7-9 The Passion Translation (TPT)

7 Before you were led astray, you were so faithful to Messiah. Why have you now turned away from what is right and true? Who has deceived you?

8 The One who enfolded you into his grace is not behind this false teaching that you’ve embraced. Not at all! 9 Don’t you know that when you allow even a little lie into your heart, it can permeate your entire belief system?

[[Listen to Truth]]

1 Peter 2:1-12 The Passion Translation (TPT)

1 So abandon every form of evil, deceit, hypocrisy, feelings of jealousy and slander. 

[[CRAVE MILK]]… Sanctify by the Truth – Your word is truth – John 17:19

2 In the same way that nursing infants cry for milk, you must intensely crave the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word. For this “milk” will cause you to grow into maturity, fully nourished and strong for life— 3 especially now that you have had a taste of the goodness of the Lord Jehovah and have experienced his kindness.

[[KEEP COMING TO THE ROCK]]

4 So keep coming to him who is the Living Stone—though he was rejected and discarded by men but chosen by God and is priceless in God’s sight. 

5 Come and be his “living stones” who are continually being assembled into a sanctuary for God. For now you serve as holy priests, offering up spiritual sacrifices that he readily accepts through Jesus Christ. 

6 For it says in Scripture: Look! I lay a cornerstone in Zion, a chosen and priceless stone! And whoever believes in him will certainly not be disappointed.

7 As believers you know his great worth—indeed, his preciousness is imparted to you. But for those who do not believe: The stone that the builders rejected and discarded has now become the cornerstone

8 And a stone that makes them stumble and a rock to trip over. They keep stumbling over the message because they refuse to believe it. And this they were destined to do. 

[[EXPERIENCE HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT]]

[[SHARE HIS GLORIOUS WONDERS]]

9 But you are God’s chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world. 

10 For at one time you were not God’s people, but now you are. At one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it!

11 My divinely loved friends, since you are resident aliens and foreigners in this world, I appeal to you to divorce yourselves from the evil desires that wage war within you. 

12 Live honorable lives as you mix with unbelievers, even though they accuse you of being evildoers. For they will see your beautiful works and have a reason to glorify God in the day he visits us.

 

Carols Series: Gift for a King Outline

Gift for a King

Matthew 2:1-12 English Standard Version (ESV)

2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

What did they bring? – Gifts fit for a king

  • Gold – King / Kingship [[KING]]
  • Frankincense – Priest / Priesthood / God [[GOD]]
  • Myrrh – Anointing Oil / Death / Humanity & Suffering [[SACRIFICE]]

 

Little Drummer Boy 

Come they told me / Pa rum pum pum pum

A new born king to see / Pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring / Pa rum pum pum pum

To lay before the king / Pa rum pum pum pum…

So to honor him / Pa rum pum pum pum

When we come…

I have no gift to bring Pa rum pum pum pum

That’s fit to give our king…

I played my drum for him / Pa rum pum pum pum

I played my best for him / Pa rum pum pum pum,

Rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum

 

 

1. THANKSGIVING

Psalm 116:12-19 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord,

14 I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

16 O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds.

17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord.

18 I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people,

19 in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

 

2. LIVING SACRIFICE

Romans 12:1-8 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 

6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

 

3. YOUR HEART

 

Matthew 6:21 English Standard Version (ESV)

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

Psalm 51:10 English Standard Version (ESV)

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

 

Ephesians 3:14-19 The Passion Translation (TPT)

14 So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, 15 the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth 16 And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power. 17 Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life.  

18–19 Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!

Historical Landmarks Outline

Historical Landmarks 7-17-16

 

  • Landmark to remember what God has done – remembrance and praise

12 Memorial Stones from the Jordan River – Joshua 4 (READ 1-3, 21-24)

 

  • Landmark to meet God where He met you – return to the place you had a God encounter

Altar – Hebrew word “mizbeah” which means “to slaughter”, Greek word “thusiasterion” which means “a place of sacrifice.”

Altars are made with stone, earth, metal, and brick. The act of sacrifice moved the offering from profane to sacred.

The Temple had two altars, the Altar of Incense (gold-covered wood altar inside of the sanctuary in front of curtain at the Holy of Holies) and the Altar of Holocausts (bronze altar at the courtyard of the Temple). After the Exile, the first thing rebuilt was the altar.

 

People that built Altars:

  • Noah (Genesis 8:20) – after he exits ark, 1stthing does is build altar
  • Abraham(Genesis 12:6-9 MOREH) – Call of Abram, (13:18 HEBRON) – after Lot selects land and leaves then the Lord comes to remind
  • Isaac(Genesis 26:25) – God appears to him at Beersheba
  • Jacob– talk about later
  • Moses(Exodus 17:15 THE LORD IS MY BANNER) – defeat Amalekites and God comes to him and says He will erase their memory

 

Altars are:

A place of encounter & transformation – After Jacob steals Esau’s blessing and runs for his life… Jacob has a dream – the Lord met Jacob – he built an altar at that place using stone he slept on called BETHEL (Genesis 28). This was a place where the divine and human worlds interact. An altar experience brings change. Something must be altered at the altar – there’s a price to pay. There’s transformation when you encounter Jesus.

A place of confession & forgiveness –The altar of the Tabernacle sacrifice was offered as a sin offering, and one day there would be a once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

A place of worship & communion–The most common altar was the altar of incensewhere priests would offer worship to the Lord on behalf of the people and themselves. This was a place of communion between God and His servant.

A place of covenant –A covenant is a promise / it’s relationship terms or boundaries. An altar was built where the covenant was made between the Lord and Abraham, and the land was sealed as a timeless promise to Abraham and his offspring (Genesis 15).

A place of testimony– An altar is a place of testimony to the one true God. Abraham built his altars unto the Lord – there he called upon His Name (Genesis 12:7-8).

A place of intercession –The prophet Joel called for intercession by leaders on behalf of the people (Joel 1:13)

 

Today our altar is in our heart

  • 2 Corinthians 6:16 – We are temple of the living God

 

  • 1 Peter 2:5 – We are like living stones who offer spiritual sacrifices to God

 

It takes broken things to build an altar.

  • We can take the difficult things in life & arrange them before the Lord
  • We can drag them through life & be burdened
  • We can toss them at someone in anger.

What we are meant to do is allow the Spirit to alter us so we can pour our life out over the altar, presenting ourselves to the Lord.

Review time:

  1. Landmarks – remember what God has done. Remember. Praise Him.
  2. Landmarks – meet God where He met you – to return to your God encounters.

Remember: What God has done in the past is a model/promise of what He will do in the future BUT He is too creative to do the same thing in same way twice.

In less than two weeks, anniversary of DRCC. A landmark for DRCC. Some have been on the entire journey, some just recently joined along.

Remember what He has done.

Remember how He met you here.

  • If you’ve been here awhile and you cannot think of something He’s done here, and you cannot think of how He’s met you here—the issue is a heart issue. You can only be altered if you open your heart, if you soften your heart to allow the Spirit to freely move.
  • If you come here knowing all,
  • if you come here angry or bitter,
  • if you come here thinking you don’t need to be broken (that you are perfect),
  • if you come here without love for your brothers and sisters,
  • if you come here not open to hear the Word of God,
  • if you come here trying to shine for yourself—to be seen,
  • if you come here just to be entertained,
  • if you come here just for the food,
  • if you come here to point fingers at others,
  • if you come here with a personal agenda— your heart is hardened and you need to allow the God of the universe to break it.

When we have prayer time, get down on your knees and beg Him to break it.

Let us remember what He has done over the past few years.

Let us remember how He has met us all here.

  • We are not where we should be.
  • We aren’t even close to where we should be.
  • We have let Satan set up stumbling blocks.
  • We have closed ourselves off to the Truth.
  • We have fixed our eyes on other things.
  • We have only listened when it was convenient.
  • There are things we are meant to be doing, and we are not doing them.
  • We have our hands closed when they should be open.
  • We have ourselves busy with stuff that does not matter.
  • We allow the world to enter these doors.
  • We lose our focus often.
  • We allow Satan to cause strife between us and our brothers.
  • We do not always keep God first in our lives.

Now we will watch this special gift. The second gift I have for you—just not as sweet as Tim Tams. It’s a video of what God has done over the past three years. It’s a video that shows where God has met us.

Let us remember. Let us rejoice. Let us refocus ourselves.

He doesn’t want us to settle for good. He has greater things.

Let us rejoice at what He has done, and let us strive to allow Him to move in mighty ways these next three years.

He has so much for each one of us.

Are you ready?

Are you ready to let go?

Are you ready to be altered?

Are you ready to show up?

Are you ready to reach out?

Are you ready to allow God to use you? It is time.

Today is a landmark day at DRCC. Things will never be the same.

Tomorrow is a new day. God is doing something new.

Join together my brothers and sisters. It is time.

Amen.

Sacred Encounter Outline

Sacred Encounter – Palm Sunday 3-20-16

Often when we arrive at the end of a journey, we realize it is not what we expected when we planned and first set out.

We find ourselves having to change expectations.

We find ourselves encountering the sacred in silence and suffering.

 It is what we do at this time that paves the way for the next season.

As we celebrate Palm Sunday, we are reminded of the Triumphal Entryin Matthew 21, as Jesus fulfilled the words of the prophet Zechariah.

The prophet wrote, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (9:9ESV).

The crowd spread clocks on the road, cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road as well. They yelled, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! (Psalm 118:26) Hosanna in the highest!”

“Hosanna” means “save now” or “save we pray.” It’s an exclamation of adoration.

This was a great time of celebration. It signifies this great celebration at what is the start of the end of a journey. But the end is nothing close to what is expected by the Jewish people or the closest friends of Jesus. The spreading of the cloaks, the palms—this was done to celebrate a war leader – a ruler who would lead through battle.

When the disciples started on the journey with Jesus, they had great expectations.

When Peter heard the plan, he said, “Never Lord.”

Peter:From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”- Matthew 16:21-23 [NIV]

The disciples, though spending a lot of time in fellowship with Jesus, being taught by Jesus, and traveling with Jesus—they also did not fully understand.

The Jewish people:  The Jews were eager for the Messiah. He was going to come to save them from the Roman rule so the Jewish people could be back on top. They did not understand the true reason Christ had come. Thought the Christ would come with a sword in hand and lead the people to destroy the Romans.

Instead, Jesus Christ came to bring more than victory over an earthly kingdom, but victory over sin—something so much greater. Salvation. Reconciliation with God.

As Jesus hung on the Cross, it is clear we cannot imagine the pain He suffered. As we read through the Passion in the Bible, we read very little of Jesus speaking. In the Garden He prays to the Father – Not My will but Your will be done. He accepted what lied ahead.

As He hung on the Cross, He suffered silently. He was separated from the Father because He took on all of the sin.

Then He muttered, “It is finished” and took His last breath. The veil was torn. The earth shook. The rocks were split.

Then it was over. Nothing would ever be the same.

The Jewish people:Helped to kill their supposed King. Was this what they imagined?

The Disciples Scattered & Peter denied Jesus three times: Was this ever the plan Peter and the others had in mind?

  • Imagine the silence of Peter and Andrew as they returned to their fishing boats.
  • Imagine Mary mourning the loss of her baby boy. The suffering and the silence. Things not as expected.

It is in the silence and suffering that we have SACRED ENCOUNTERS.

  • When we suffer, we are reminded we are but dust and our dependence is on God.

 

  • When we suffer, we are brought to our knees before our Maker.

 

  • When we suffer, we are able to appreciate the blessings around us and realize what truly matters.

 

  • When we suffer, we are slowed down to find ourselves in the rhythms of our design, to rest and renew.

 

  • We are met with silence. Silence to mend. Silence to grow. Silence to hear – to listen to our Lord.

 

These are moments of SACRED ENCOUNTERS.

Elijah was on Mount Carmelstanding up boldly for God. Will the real God bring down fire?!? God brought the fire. The followers of Baal paid the price for their idolatry. It was a sweet display of the power of God, the One True God.

But things didn’t turn out like expected. The prophet Elijah was being hunted down. His life was in danger. This was not what one would expect after a great victory. He ran and hid in a cave.

But the Lord was there. During the silence, Elijah was called out of the cave. The still small voice, the breath of God, passed by, a whisper asking him what he was doing (1 Kings 19).

That is a sacred encounter.

After Jesus was crucified and rose, he was met on the road to Emmaus. Two men talking together. The risen Jesus joined them. Their faces downcast, they spoke of Jesus of Nazareth. They were upset. They said they “hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” Their expectations were not met. Jesus opened their eyes (Luke 24).

This is a sacred encounter.

Where God meets us during the silence and the suffering and points us forward to continue the journey.

For when we reach the destination, it is never the final destination.

God continues to move. He is alive. There is more to be done.

The disciples returned to their old ways. But that’s not what we are to do when we are on a journey—we don’t return to the same.

There always is a change. Something is always different.

Jesus visits the disciples and makes them breakfast.

Three times Jesus asks Peter to tend His sheep and feed His lambs. He reinstates Peter.

“In his heart a man planshis course,

but the LORD determineshis steps.”- Proverbs 16:9

He provides understanding to the disciples…

“Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.’

Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them,

 ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead,and that repentance andforgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

You are witnesses of these things.And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.’” – Luke 24:44-49[ESV]

  • During the suffering and silence in our lives, we have within us the Spirt of God, the Comforter.
  • With power from on high, the Holy Spirit, we venture forward with great expectation.
  • During the silence, during the sufferings of this world—draw near to God. He will draw near to you.(James 4:8)
  • In the silence, seek His voice. Listen. Watch. Wait. “Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.” – Proverbs 8:34[ESV]
  • During the silence, during the sufferings—praise His great name, knowing this is only a small thing when viewed in frame of the eternal.
  • “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” – Romans 8:18[ESV]

 

In this darkness
I do not ask to walk by light;
But to feel the touch of your hand
And understand that sight is not seeing.

In this silence
I do not ask to hear your voice;
But to sense your Spirit breathe
And know myself a word of your speaking.

In unknowing
I do not ask for fearless space;
But for the grace to comprehend
That neither you or I are diminished.

In this death
I do not seek to escape from pain;
But embracing loss, to find
The strength
to cross the bridge of waiting.

  • Pat Bennett

Rejoice and Reflect Outline

12-24-2016 Christmas Eve Sermon

 

  • Expectation leads to preparation (for what is to come)

 

  • Expectation leads to intense focus (on what is to come)

 

  • Expectation leads to positioning (for what is to come)

 

 

For the last 4 weeks, we have been celebrating the coming of Jesus

We had great expectation for this weekend to celebrate the birth of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ

 

Back then, the people waited for the promised Messiah, but they did not have the whole story – they did not know His true purpose.

 

We know the story. The whole story…. Jesus Christ was born to die.

 

1 John 4:9 – “God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.” [NLT]

 

During Advent, many of you have prepared to celebrate the birth.

 

During Advent, many of you have been more focused on Jesus.

 

Tonight, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we look at the positioning we take when we are in the presence of Jesus… the positioning of REJOICING and REFLECTION.

 

When people encounter Jesus, they REJOICE and REFLECT

 

The three wise men bowed down and worshipped him (Matthew 2:11).

 

When the shepherds encountered Jesus, they glorified & praised God for all they heard & seen (Luke 2:20)

As we celebrate Jesus, we REJOICE

 

When we think of rejoicing, we think of singing

For 4 weeks, we spoke about 4 different songs, THE ORIGINAL CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST

Mary’s Song of Anticipatory Faith

Zechariah’s Song of Fulfillment

The Angels’ Song of Peace

Simeon’s Song sung while embracing Jesus

 

Today, we sing a New SongHe puts a new song in our hearts and on our lips

 

Psalm 149:1 Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song.”

 

 

As we celebrate Jesus, we also REFLECT

 

Mary treasured things. She kept all these things in her heart. She thought about them often (Luke 2:19).

 

What do you treasure in your heart about Jesus?

Remember how He moved in your life over the years.

Where are you and Jesus at right now?  Consider your relationship.

Are you prepared for Jesus to move?Have you made room for Him in your life? Are you expecting Him to move?

 

Are you focused on Jesus, the Perfector of our faith?Are you living for Jesus? Are you seeking Him with all you have?

 

Are you giving your all where God has positioned you, trusting that He is doing something right now through you?

 

Every day we can celebrate Jesus. Every day we should celebrate Jesus.

Fall at His feet. Rejoice. Reflect. The King is Here!

Our Identity Outline

8-12-17 Rev Fest

Genesis 1:26-28– Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” MADE IN THE LIKENESS OF GOD

Genesis 3:4-5– But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. ALREADY WERE LIKE GOD, BUT THE DEVIL GOT THEM TO FORGET THIS TRUTH

 

Philippians 2:9-10– Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth. GLORY TO JESUS.

Isaiah 43:7– Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.

Romans 6:13 – Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.

 

Colossians 3:10-11 – and have put on the new selfwho is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

Isaiah 64:8– But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and You are our potter; we are all the work of Your hand.

Isaiah 29:16– You have turned things around, as if the potter were the same as the clay. How can what is made say about its maker,” He didn’t make me“? How can what is formed say about the one who formed it,” He doesn’t understand what he’s doing“?

Ephesian 2:10– For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.

 

Baptism Sermon Outline

7-2-17 Baptism

United as One Body

Ephesians 4:1-6

 

Spirit Baptism– “I believe” in Jesus Christ

Child of God through Faith in Jesus

Galatians 3:26– for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

 

Water Baptism– Act of Obedience to Matthew 28:19-20

Matthew 28:19-20– Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing themin the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

 

 

The focus on Jesus’ encounter with John at the Jordan River is on the anointing with the Spirit rather than the act of Water Baptism.

 

Luke 3:21-22– When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove.And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

John 1:32-34– Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on Him. And I myself did not know Him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”

 

What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

THE POURING OUT OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD TO EVERY BELIEVER.

Every believer has the power & anointing of the Holy Spirit.

 

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 – And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

Galatians 4:6-7 – And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

 

The gift of the Holy Spirit seals the believer. God gives His Spirit only to those who are His.

 

Why is it important?

BEING MADE NEW – FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Romans 6:3-6:8– Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin– because anyone who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.

Galatians 3:27– And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.

 

CHILD OF GOD

 

2 Corinthians 1:22– and He has identified us as His own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installmentthat guarantees everything He has promised us.

 

Galatians 4:6-7– Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir.

 

UNITED AS ONE BODY

 

Ephesians 4:4-6– There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

 

What is Water Baptism?

Water Baptism is an act of obedience to Jesus’ command from Matthew 28:19-20– Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing themin the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

 

Baptize – “baptízō” – “immerse, sink, drown, go under.”

NOT GOING TO GET INTO DISCUSSION OF WHAT IS RIGHT OR WRONG WITH METHOD – SOME DUNK, SOME POUR OR SPRINKLE, SOME GO BACKWARDS, SOME GO FORWARDS, ETC.

Ancient Christian art – go into water waist deep & pour water on head.

Philip & Eunuch (Acts 8:38-39) – doesn’t say immersed. Said they went down into the water, Philip baptized him, and he came out of the water. “baptízō” – submerge, immerse (dip under)

Same words used in Luke 11:38 – “His host was amazed to see that he sat down to eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony required by Jewish custom.” In Luke, the “baptízō” meant handwashing

Water Baptism is NOT required for salvation, but it is a biblical command and demonstrates your love and obedience to Christ.

 

 

MUST BE BORN AGAIN / BORN FROM ABOVE

 

John 3:5-8 – Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

 

Colossians 2:11-12– When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision–the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.

 

MAY YOU CONTINUE TO LIVE OUT THIS NEW LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS FOR HIS GLORY! FOREVER AND EVER AMEN!