Apr 2, 2017
It Is About The Relationship
It Is About the Relationship   Moses: Exodus 33:11 (GNT) Abraham: James 2:23 (CEB) David: Acts 13:22 (NIV) Jesus to His Disciples: John 15:13-15 (ESV) Relationship with God Before the Fall
:Adam and Eve had an intimate, loving relationship with God.
There was no: Fear Insecurity Unmet Needs  There was: Peace Joy Fulfillment Sin Changes Everything: Sin came through human rebellion against God’s authority. Sin brought: Fear Insecurity Neediness We lost: Peace Joy Fulfillment Genesis 1:26-27 (ESV) Adam and Eve were created in the image of God. Sin damaged, broke, and perverted that image. What God Did: God did not abandon us – Hebrews 13:5b (ESV) God knew we could not fix the problem. God pursued us. God took human form. God redeemed us. God offers us forgiveness and victory. God Offers: Pardon
for our Rebellion – Isaiah 55:7 (ESV)
Forgiveness
for our Sin – 1 John 1:9 (NIV)
Justification
for our Guilt – Romans 3:24 (NIV)
Adoption
for our Shame – Ephesians 1:3-5 (NLT)
Sanctification
for our Fear, Insecurity, and Needs – John 17:17-19 (ESV)
The Picture of How This All Works – John 21:15-17 (NLT) What Jesus doesn’t ask Peter What Jesus did ask Peter 2 Peter 3:9 – Jesus is patient Acts 1:8 – Holy Spirit comes to believers Ephesians 5:18 – Holy Spirit continually fills believers It is about the relationship. Do you have a relationship with Jesus?
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  • Apr 2, 2017It Is About The Relationship
    Apr 2, 2017
    It Is About The Relationship
    It Is About the Relationship   Moses: Exodus 33:11 (GNT) Abraham: James 2:23 (CEB) David: Acts 13:22 (NIV) Jesus to His Disciples: John 15:13-15 (ESV) Relationship with God Before the Fall
    :Adam and Eve had an intimate, loving relationship with God.
    There was no: Fear Insecurity Unmet Needs  There was: Peace Joy Fulfillment Sin Changes Everything: Sin came through human rebellion against God’s authority. Sin brought: Fear Insecurity Neediness We lost: Peace Joy Fulfillment Genesis 1:26-27 (ESV) Adam and Eve were created in the image of God. Sin damaged, broke, and perverted that image. What God Did: God did not abandon us – Hebrews 13:5b (ESV) God knew we could not fix the problem. God pursued us. God took human form. God redeemed us. God offers us forgiveness and victory. God Offers: Pardon
    for our Rebellion – Isaiah 55:7 (ESV)
    Forgiveness
    for our Sin – 1 John 1:9 (NIV)
    Justification
    for our Guilt – Romans 3:24 (NIV)
    Adoption
    for our Shame – Ephesians 1:3-5 (NLT)
    Sanctification
    for our Fear, Insecurity, and Needs – John 17:17-19 (ESV)
    The Picture of How This All Works – John 21:15-17 (NLT) What Jesus doesn’t ask Peter What Jesus did ask Peter 2 Peter 3:9 – Jesus is patient Acts 1:8 – Holy Spirit comes to believers Ephesians 5:18 – Holy Spirit continually fills believers It is about the relationship. Do you have a relationship with Jesus?
  • Mar 26, 2017God is Scandalous Because of His Righteousness
    Mar 26, 2017
    God is Scandalous Because of His Righteousness
    God is Scandalous Because of His Righteousness   Psalm 7:9 (CEB) Psalm 116:5 (CEB) Isaiah 45:21 (NLT) Daniel 9:14 (NIV) God is righteous! Romans 2and 3 show that religion cannot make us righteous. Romans 3:21-26 reveal four truths about God and Righteousness. Romans 3:21 – Truth #1: The Relationship of God’s righteousness to the Old Testament’s
    Law Covenant
    But Now – Paul is going to show us a different way to righteousness hebrews 9:15 (ESV) Jesus came and to fulfill the Law and He did it. Romans 3:22-23 – Truth #2: The Availability
    of God’s Righteousness for All Human Beings Without Ethnic Distinction But on Condition of Faith
    This righteousness is from faith in Jesus. This righteousness is for everyone. This righteousness is needed by everyone. Romans 3:24-25a – Truth #3: The Source of God’s Righteousness and Our Faith is in the Gracious Provision of Jesus as the Atoning Sacrifice
    for Our Sins
    Justified means to make right. Repentance leads to God pronounces us not guilty. Repentance leads to God not remembering our sins. How can a holy God do that?  - Jesus became our atoning sacrifice.
  • Mar 19, 2017God is Scandalous: A Miracle Full of Surprises
    Mar 19, 2017
    God is Scandalous: A Miracle Full of Surprises
    God is Scandalous: A Miracle Full of Surprises   Surprise: to cause to feel wonder or astonishment by being unexpected Life is full of surprises – good and bad. Jesus is a God full of Surprises:
    His
    Grace
    His
    Power
    His
    Glory
    His
    Love   In John 11 we see Jesus as the God full of surprises. A Miracle Full of Surprises: John 11 Jesus receives a desperate plea for help and demonstrates His love by Delay
    – verses 1-16
    Reasons for Jesus to delay Your Benefit His Glory Jesus’ glory will always benefit you. Jesus comes up against devastating loss and consoles grief by directing attention to Himself
    – verses 17-27
    Jesus makes two claims: I am the resurrection I am the life There is no life or resurrection apart from Jesus. Jesus confronts implacable death and displays His sovereignty over it in Tears and Outrage
    – verses 28-44
    Why tears and outrage? It was not because Jesus was powerless or frustrated. It was not because Jesus was overwhelmed with grief. It was not because Jesus felt empathy for His friends. It is outrage over death because it is the mark and outcome of sin. Jesus’ response to His tears and outrage is positive – He raises Lazarus from the dead. Jesus comes up against moral and spiritual death and gives life by Dying Himself
    – verses 45-53
    The religious leaders wanted Jesus’ death to preserve: The Nation Their Position of Power  1 Corinthians 1:23-25 (NLT) Jesus’ death produced a much more powerful result: Your Salvation Jesus Living in You Jesus’ death and resurrection provides all we need to live in relationship with the Father. – John 14:6b (NIV) John 11:45-48 (TM) Belief
    – Jesus is God and Lord
    Rejection
    – Jesus is not God or Lord
    Lazarus dies but because of his relationship with Jesus he was raised from the dead by Jesus. It is all about the relationship. Belief and Submission = Life Rejection and Rebellion = Death
  • Mar 12, 2017March 12, 2017: God is Scandulous: The Strange Victory of a Slaughter Lamb
    Mar 12, 2017
    March 12, 2017: God is Scandulous: The Strange Victory of a Slaughter Lamb
    Series: (All)
    God is Scandalous The Strange Victory of a Slaughter Lamb 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (ESV) Satan is: ● Isaiah 14:12-14 (CEB) – Prideful ● John 8:44a (GWT) – A Murderer ● John 8:44b (GWT) – A Liar The biggest thing that is true about Satan is that he is Angry. Satan is angry at God and he hates God and attacks what God loves most – People Satan’s Attack on Humanity – Ephesians 6:10-12 (CEV) Why Satan attacks us – he hates us When Satan attacks us – constantly How Satan attacks us – Genesis 3:1-5 (ESV) ● By questioning God’s Word ● By questioning God’s Love ● By questioning God’s Character Satan denies God’s Word and substitutes his own lies. Satan wants to destroy you – 1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) Jesus is the Lamb- 1 Peter 1:19 (NLT) Revelation 5:6 (NIV) How can a slain lamb overcome a roaring lion? Overcoming Satan’s Attacks – Revelation 12:11 (NLT) ● By the Blood of the Lamb Satan constantly attacks us before the Father – Revelation 12:10 (GNT) Our Answer: Satan, I’m worse than you think, but God loves me and has forgiven me and accepted me because of the blood of the Lamb. ● By the Word of their Testimony Acts 20:24 (NIV) Romans 1:16 (ESV) 1 Corinthians 1:21 (NCV) ● By Not Loving their Lives so much as to Not Risk Death Our Attitude needs to be: Esther 4:16 (CEB) – if I die, I die Daniel 6:10 (CEV) – don’t stop praying Daniel 3:16-18 (NIV) – don’t bow down to a false god The call of Jesus is to die. It is by the blood of the Lamb we have forgiveness of sin. It is by the blood of the Lamb we become a new creation. It is by the blood of the Lamb we have purpose. We are covered by the blood of the Lamb when we surrender our live to Him.
  • Mar 5, 2017March 5, 2017: God is Scandalous
    Mar 5, 2017
    March 5, 2017: God is Scandalous
    Series: (All)
    God is Scandalous: Ironies of the Cross Scandal: a publicized incident that offends the sensibilities of a society. God is Scandalous. Four Ironies of the Cross:
    Irony #1: The Man Who is Mocked as King is King
    Matthew 27:27-31 (ESV)
     
    Jesus is proclaimed king as He enters Jerusalem. – Matthew 21:9 (NIV)
    The sign above the cross proclaimed Him as king.
     
    Jesus is king because:
    He has all Power. – Revelation 4:11 (CEB)
    He has all Authority. – Matthew 28:18 (NKJV)
    He has all Divinity – Philippians 2:6, 10-11 (NLT)
     
    Irony #2: The Man Who is Utterly Powerless is All- Powerful
    Matthew 27:32-40 (ESV)
     
    Jesus was powerless.
    Someone had to carry His cross.
    He was crucified publicly and naked.
    Soldiers gambled for His clothing.
    He was controlled by hostile guards.
    From a human perspective He had no hope of escape.
    John 2:19 (ESV) Jesus is the temple.
    Jesus broke the power of:
    Death
    Sin
    Satan
     
    Irony #3: The Man Who Cannot Save Himself Saved Others
    Matthew 27:41-42
     
    Jesus healed the sick.
    Jesus exercised demons out of people.
    Jesus fed the hungry multitudes.
    Jesus raised the dead.
    Jesus means he will save His people.
     
    Luke 23:40-43 (NIV)
    Matthew 20:28 (NLT)
     
    Irony #4: The Man Who Cries Out in Despair Trusts God
    Matthew 27:43-51 (ESV)
    The Darkness shows God’s grace and judgment.
    Jesus cries out in:
    Hurt not Surprise
    Pain not Anger
    Suffering not Defeat
     
    Jesus shouts out and releases His Spirit – the work of salvation is complete.
    The curtain is torn from top to bottom – access to God is open to all.
    Jesus, the Son, trusted the Father and made Himself our sacrifice for sin.
     
    The God of the universe became human.
    The God of the universe died on the cross for your sin.
    The God of the universe is offering you forgiveness, eternal life, and eternal purpose.
    It takes your willingness to submit your life to Jesus’ authority.
  • Feb 26, 2017February 28, 2017: Big God #8 David and the rest: Faith Warring
    Feb 26, 2017
    February 28, 2017: Big God #8 David and the rest: Faith Warring
    Series: (All)
    Big God #8 David and the rest: Faith Warring Hebrews 11:32-40 (ESV) 2 Timothy 2:3 (Amp) – we are called soldiers 2 Corinthians 6:7 (NLT) – we have weapons 2 Corinthians 10:3 (Wey) – we wage war How do we fight as followers of Jesus? 1. Know Your Enemy’s Tactics - Ephesians 6:11 (ESV) ● John 8:44 (NKJV) – Lies and Deception ● Romans 8:15 (GNT) – Fear and Intimation ● Luke 7:37-39 (ESV) – Guilt and Shame ● Matthew 4:3 (NIV) – Mocking 2. Know Your Weapons – 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NCV) ● Prayer ● Love ● Grace ● Mercy ● Hope ● Forgiveness ● Encouragement 3. Put on the Armor – Ephesians 6:14-17 (ESV) ● Verse 14 – Belt of Truth ● Verse 14 – Breastplate of Righteousness ● Verse 15 – Shoes of the Gospel of Peace ● Verse 16 – Shield of Faith ● Verse 17 – Helmet of Salvation ● Verse 17 – The Sword of the Spirit Hebrews 4:12 (LB) 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT) Luke 9:23 (ESV)
  • Feb 19, 2017Big God #7 Moses Faith Winning
    Feb 19, 2017
    Big God #7 Moses Faith Winning
    Series: Faith Is
    Big God #7 Moses: Faith Winning Hebrews 11:23-29 (ESV) Winning is important in our culture. In Philippians 3:14 Paul expresses the importance of winning in the spiritual realm. Moses exemplifies winning by faith. Moses through faith won over:
    • Fear
    • The Flesh
    • The Foe
    Faith Winning Over Fear We live in a fearful society. You will face fear in your life, but God does not want you to live in fear. – 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) Moses started out fearful. – Exodus 2:15 (NIV) Moses overcame his fear
    Exodus 3:1 (ESV) – coming into God’s
    Presence
    In Exodus 6 three times it says, “God spoke to Moses” –
    Prayer
    Exodus 4:20 (ESV) –
    Obeying
    God even when you are fearful
    Fear did not stop Moses. – Hebrews 11:27 (ESV) Faith Winning Over the Flesh – Hebrews 11:24-26 Moses chose God over the pleasures of sin. You overcome the flesh by:
    Deuteronomy 6:4 (ESV) –
    Serving
    the one true God
    Exodus 3:11 (ESV) – not loving the
    World
    Exodus 7:4-5 (ESV) – not giving into
    Temptation Result of overcoming the flesh – Exodus 14:30-31 (NIV) Faith Winning Over the Foe – Hebrews 11:28-29 (ESV) We have to know who our foe is – Ephesians 6:12 (CEB)
    James 4:7 (ESV) –
    Submit and Resist
    Ephesians 6:11 (NLT) – put on the
    Armor 1 John 4:4 (NKJV) – know that Jesus is stronger than the foe The key to winning is threefold Focus on the object of our faith – Jesus Look ahead not behind Keeping running Jesus has already won, so if you belong to Jesus you have already won. Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV) – choose life
  • Feb 12, 2017Big God #6 Abraham and Isaac
    Feb 12, 2017
    Big God #6 Abraham and Isaac
    Series: Faith Is
    Big God #6 Abraham with Isaac: Faith Well-Tried Hebrews 11:17-19 (NLT) Faith well-tired is faith tested to the limits and ultimately proven strong. Abraham had been tried and tested. Genesis 22:1-18 (NIV) Results of Our Faith Being Tested:
    The Strengthening of Our
    Faith James 1:2-3 (ESV)
    The Strengthening of Our
    Passion
    to Worship
    Matthew 14:32-33 (ESV)
    To Help Us
    Depend
    on Him
    Psalm 73:25-26
    To Develop Our
    Character Romans 5:3-5 (ESV)
    To Show His
    Glory and Goodness Psalm 34:8 (NKJV) Psalm 119:68 (LB) What enables Abraham to come through the test?
    Abraham was convinced of God’s
    Goodness.
    Abraham was convinced about God’s
    Plan
    Abraham was convinced of God’s
    Power God wants us to grow up.  Philippians 3:7-8 (TM) God needs to be the most important relationship in your life. God gave His Son showing you how important to Him you are. You and I have to become living sacrifices.
  • Feb 6, 2017Big God #5 Abraham and Sarah
    Feb 6, 2017
    Big God #5 Abraham and Sarah
    Series: Faith Is
    Big God #5 Abraham and Sarah: Faith Willing and Waiting   Hebrews 11:8-12 (NIV) Faith: Worshiping → Walking → Working → Willing → Waiting   Abraham and Sarah were two imperfect people who were willing and learned to wait   Faith Willing  
    Genesis 12:1 & 4 (LB) –
    Go   Abraham’s willingness to go was based on Genesis 12:2-3 (NIV)   The focus is not on what Abraham will do The focus is on what God will do   What about us? – Matthew 28:18-20 (GNT) – We are commanded to go  
    Why should we be willing to go? –
    The Cross   God led Abraham. How does God lead us? – Romans 8:14 (Knox)  
    In Going There Are Things We Have to
    Forego Permanency in This World – 2 Corinthians 5:1 (ESV) Temporary Security Having All the Details Control   Abraham did two things as he went:
    Genesis 12:8 (ESV) –
    Worshiped
    Genesis 12:6-7 (ESV) –
    Witnessed   We are to go BIG and PUBLIC – Acts 4:18-20 (TM)   Faith Waiting  
    Waiting on God is not
    Passive
    Waiting without causing
    Problems Genesis 16:1-2, 12 (JB)  
    Waiting without
    Missing
    God’s promise
    Genesis 18:13-14 (NIV) Psalm 91:10 (NLT)   God’s purposes are bigger than ours God’s ways are bigger than ours   For God to accomplish His purpose through us we have to trust Him In trusting Him we have to be willing and at times to wait   The results are always worth it
  • Jan 29, 2017Bib God #4 Noah: Faith Working
    Jan 29, 2017
    Bib God #4 Noah: Faith Working
    Series: Faith Is
    Big God #4 Noah: Faith Working   Hebrews 11:7 (NIV)   1 Corinthians 14:33 (Amp) – God of Order   God’s Order
    • Worship Jesus
    • Walk with Jesus
    • Work with Jesus
      Ministry is not the goal.   It is not about what I am doing for God, it is about being with God in what He is doing.   Worship and walking in faith is about relationship. Now that we know God we are called to work with God in faith.   Working with God  
    • Working Will Always Be in Partnership with God
       John 5:17 (NLT)    John 5:19 (GNT)    John 15:5 (NKJV)   Work flows from God loving you and you loving God in return.  
    • Work Will Always be Bigger Than You Can Do
       The Ark    Genesis 6:13-16 (ESV)    Matthew 19:26 (NCV)  
    • Work Will Always Lead to Transformation
       Romans 8:29 (ESV)    Colossians 3:10 (NIV)   Whatever adjustments God makes are worth it.  
    • Work Will Always Require Our Effort
       1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)    1 Corinthians 9:24 (TM)  
    • Work Will Always Lead to God Being Glorified
       God was glorified by Noah building the ark    1 Peter 2:12 (Wey)  
    • Work Will Always Require Faith
       Ephesians 6:16 (NIV)    Faith defeats the lies of Satan   The Call: Noah’s call was to confront the culture with the truth of God through obedience Our call is to confront the culture with Jesus through our obedience   We are called to engage and confront culture with the reality of Jesus in our lives. 2 Peter 2:5 (LB)   Noah: Believed what God said about the future Allowed God to adjust his life accordingly Built the ark   God wants to bless you You have to obey Him in faith   Obedient to the call of living and proclaiming the gospel of God’s grace. Acts 20:24 (ESV)   You say you believe, then live it.