May 7, 2017
Worshiping in the Temple of Power
Series: Gods at war
Worshiping in the Temple of Power
Many people worship at the Tempe of Power
The gods of the Temple of Power are: Achievement Success Money   Rich Young Ruler – Matthew 19:16-22 (ESV)
What good deed must I do to have eternal life and What Must I Do 
 
I have Obeyed  all these commands
 
You cannot Earn  your salvation – Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
You cannot follow rules to receive salvation – Colossians 1:21-23 (NCV)
Jesus wants to Transform  your life
  Matthew 5:3 – blessed are those who know they are bankrupt spiritually and come to Jesus to be their power for living   Temple of Power = I did it Temple of God = God’s grace did it   The Rich Farmer – Luke 12:16-21 (ESV)
In this passage there are six My’s
 
His wealth and achievement were his Security
 
He viewed wealth with Divine Attributes 
Proverbs 30:8-9 (NIV)
His wealth and achievement were his satisfaction  - Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NLT)
 
The Temple of God When we worship at the Temple of God we connect with Jesus We experience Jesus as:
Our Provider  – John 15:5 (GWT)
 
Our Life  – 2 Corinthians 4:10 (NIV)
 
Our Power  – Romans 9:17 (ESV)
  Matthew 28:18-19  Working hard and trying to following all the rules cannot earn you salvation. In Matthew 5:3-10 and Luke 9:23 Jesus defines success   Choosing to lay down your life and follow Jesus that is success.
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  • May 7, 2017Worshiping in the Temple of Power
    May 7, 2017
    Worshiping in the Temple of Power
    Series: Gods at war
    Worshiping in the Temple of Power
    Many people worship at the Tempe of Power
    The gods of the Temple of Power are: Achievement Success Money   Rich Young Ruler – Matthew 19:16-22 (ESV)
    What good deed must I do to have eternal life and What Must I Do 
     
    I have Obeyed  all these commands
     
    You cannot Earn  your salvation – Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
    You cannot follow rules to receive salvation – Colossians 1:21-23 (NCV)
    Jesus wants to Transform  your life
      Matthew 5:3 – blessed are those who know they are bankrupt spiritually and come to Jesus to be their power for living   Temple of Power = I did it Temple of God = God’s grace did it   The Rich Farmer – Luke 12:16-21 (ESV)
    In this passage there are six My’s
     
    His wealth and achievement were his Security
     
    He viewed wealth with Divine Attributes 
    Proverbs 30:8-9 (NIV)
    His wealth and achievement were his satisfaction  - Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NLT)
     
    The Temple of God When we worship at the Temple of God we connect with Jesus We experience Jesus as:
    Our Provider  – John 15:5 (GWT)
     
    Our Life  – 2 Corinthians 4:10 (NIV)
     
    Our Power  – Romans 9:17 (ESV)
      Matthew 28:18-19  Working hard and trying to following all the rules cannot earn you salvation. In Matthew 5:3-10 and Luke 9:23 Jesus defines success   Choosing to lay down your life and follow Jesus that is success.
  • Apr 30, 2017Worshiping in the Temple of Pleasure
    Apr 30, 2017
    Worshiping in the Temple of Pleasure
    Series: Gods at war
    Worshiping in the Temple of Pleasure
     
    You and I were created to worship God. – Psalm 150:6
    You and I were created to serve God. – Matthew 4:10
    You and I were created to love God. – Mark 12:30
     
    We will find someone or something to worship.
     
    Measuring What We Worship
    What we spend our money on
    What we spend our time doing
    What we put our effort into
    What our heart is devoted to
     
    We worship, serve, and love what brings us pleasure.
    We need to make God our pleasure.
    Moving From the Temple of Temporary Pleasure to The Temple of God
     
    Let God be your portion - Lamentations 3:24
    As your portion He is your provision and security - Psalm 16:5
    As your portion he is your strength - Psalm 73:26
    As your portion He is your refuge - Psalm 142:5
    Pleasure as your portion = disappointment & hurt & hopelessness
    God as your portion = never being disappointed & peace & hope
     
    Let God be your satisfaction - Jeremiah 31:25
    God will satisfy your needs - Isaiah 58:11
    God will satisfy your desires - Psalm 145:16
    Seeking pleasure = emptiness
    Seeking God = fullness Romans 5:5
    As your portion God will give you good gifts - James 1:17
    As your satisfaction God will satisfy you by His love - Psalm 90:14
    Gods desire is to bless you!
    The pleasure God wants you to experience is Him.
    Choose God and let Him be your pleasure.
  • Apr 23, 2017Worshiping the One and Only GOD
    Apr 23, 2017
    Worshiping the One and Only GOD
    Series: Gods at war
    Worshiping the One and Only God   There are many, many, many gods.   Biblical View: 1 Corinthians 8;6 (NCV) Ephesians 4:6 (CEB) Genesis 1:1 (ESV) Revelation 1:1 (NKJV)   There is only one way to God. 1 Timothy 2:5 (CEV) John 10:30 (NKJV)   Who Is This One God?
    He is the King
    . – 1 Timothy 1:17 (GWT)
    Worship Honor Devotion  
    He is the Savior.
    – Jude 1:25 (HCSB)
    Glory Majesty Power Authority   How to Serve the One and only God as King and Savior – 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)  
    If My people who are called by My Name
    Malachi 2:5 (NIV)  
    Will Humble  themselves
    1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV)    
    And Pray 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (Amp)
     
    And seek My Face
    Philippians 3:10 (GNT)
    And Turn From  our wicked ways
    Acts 3:19 (NASB)   When we do these things God promises He will   Hear  – 1 John 5:14-15 (NLT) Forgive   - Hebrews 8:12 (NLT) Heal  – Isaiah 53:5 (NET)   Worshiping the one and only God is not a Duty Burden Punishment   Worshiping the one and only God is a Privilege Freeing Experience Delight   Worshiping the one and only God is the best thing you can do because It honors Him It benefits you
  • Apr 16, 2017What is so Special About the Resurrection?
    Apr 16, 2017
    What is so Special About the Resurrection?
    Series: Easter
    What is So Special About the Resurrection?   Romans 1:4 (NLT) 1 Corinthians 15:6 (ESV) The biggest evidence for Jesus’ resurrection is the changed lives of the apostles. What the Resurrection of Jesus Accomplished: #1: It Affirms
    All That Jesus Said – Mark 8:31 (NIV)
    #2: It Confirms
    Who Jesus Is – Matthew 16:16-17 (GWT)
    #3: It Vindicates
    Jesus’ Suffering and Death – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NIV)
    #4: It Displays the Power
    of God
          Luke 5:21 (ESV)      Acts 4:12 (NIV)     2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) #5: It Provides the Basis for Kingdom- Building       Colossians 1:13 (CEB)       Matthew 6:10 (ESV)       Matthew 6:33 (ESV) #6: It Sustains Our Hope       1 Corinthians 15:12-14 (ESV)       1 Corinthians 15:20 (CEV)       1 Peter 1:3 (NIV) We have to decide if Jesus is a liar, lunatic, or Lord. If He is a liar or lunatic than reject and ignore Him. If He is Lord than submit your life to Him. The resurrection proves He is Lord!
  • Apr 10, 2017Six Things Jesus Accomplished on the Cross
    Apr 10, 2017
    Six Things Jesus Accomplished on the Cross
    Series: Easter
    Six Things Jesus Accomplished on the Cross   Galatians 6:14 (NLT) The cross is the pivotal point in the history of the world. The cross is the symbol of Christianity and it is offensive. – 1 Corinthians 1:18 &23 (NIV) Why is the cross the central component of Christianity? – Because of what Jesus accomplished. Six Things Jesus Accomplished on the Cross #1: Expiation
    : This is the removal of our sin and guilt.  – 1 John 1:9 (ESV)
    The guilt and shame of our sin was placed on Jesus. – 1 Peter 3:18 (CEB) #2: Propitiation
    : This is the removal of God’s wrath and turning it to favor.
    Romans 3:25-26 (ESV) God already loved you. Turning God’s wrath into God’s favor allows us to experience God’s love fully. – Romans 8:28 (NIV) Jesus became our atoning sacrifice not to get God to love us but because God does love us. – 1 John 4:10 (GNT) #3: Reconciliation
    : This is the removal of our alienation from God – Romans 5:7-11 (ESV)
    Sin alienates or separates us from God. – Ephesians 2:12 (NKJV) #4: Redemption
    : This means to be freed or delivered from captivity.
    We are redeemed from three things: Galatians 3:13-14 (NIV) – the Curse of the Law
    Hebrews 12:2 (ESV) – the
    Shame of Our Sin 1 Peter 2:6 (ESV) Romans 6:10-11 (GWT) – the Power of Sin #5: The Defeat
    of the Powers of Darkness
    Jesus’ death was a defeat of the power of Satan over humanity – Colossians 2:13-15 (NIV) We are no longer under the power of Satan. We are free! #6: Dying as Our Substitute Jesus did all of the above by dying in our place. Jesus did it so we could live for Him. – 2 Corinthians 5:15 (NCV) Jesus died the death we deserved to die. – Matthew 20:28 (NLT)] The cross makes the difference for anyone who will submit their life to Jesus. Hope replaces Hopelessness Peace replaces Fear Security replaces Insecurity Grace replaces Self-Effort Love replaces Condemnation Purpose replaces Meaninglessness Without Jesus’ death on the cross we have no hope. With Jesus’ death on the cross we have an eternal promise for our good and benefit. Come to the cross of Jesus!
  • 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.