Miracle of New Life

Posted: August 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

Miracles

 

  1. What is a Miracle
  2. Def= An event or act not explained by natural or scientific laws
  3. Anything outside the natural can only be done by the Supernatural

 

 

  1. How do Miracles Happen?
  2. Asking – Prayer
  3. Obedience – Through Revelation
  4. Dependency – Nowhere else to turn
  5. Sovereignty – God shows up
  6. (don’t discount or explain away your miracle, Don’t take away someone elses miracle with your cynicism)

 

  1. The Miracle of Salvation – Luke 19:1-10
  2. Zacchaeus steps to Salvation
  3. Curiousity – Who is He Vs 3
  4. Observation – Let me see Vs 4

iii. Invitation – Come on in Vs 6 (From Jesus  “Behold I stand at the door and Knock,  from us  “If we will open the door”)

iiii. Transformation – I am changed vs 8

 

  1. (Our Job is to help people move through the steps

 

 

 

This week we are looking at the Miracle of New Life, next week the miracle of provision

In John chapter 11 Jesus has a conversation with Martha.  Mary and Martha are sisters and they have a brother named Lazarus.  They are all good friends of Jesus.   Lazarus has died and Jesus is going to see the family and Martha comes out to meet him.   “If you would have been here he wouldn’t have died.   And Jesus answers here with this statement

 

John 11:25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.

 

  1. Biblical Themes
    1. “I am” – (Powerful Statement, Identifying with the Fathers eternal purpose.) Moses who should I say is sending me.
    2. “Resurrection” – (In the midst of Death, He causes life to arise.)
    3. “New” – (Major Them in the Bible.)
      1. New Creation – 2 Corn.21:5
      2. New Song – Psalm 40:30
  • New Nature – Eph. 4:24
  1. Everything New – Rev. 21:5
  1. First Foursquare summer camp in Europe I was the camp director. We had over 400 youth.  16 nations.   American, Dutch, Norwegian, French, german, Spanish, Croatian, Serbian, Greek, Swiss, Albanian, we had the services translated into 6 languages every night.   At every evening service we had a country do something that represented their culture.  A song, a dance. Well the Germans started doing there song another german ran up started shouting, grabbed their flag and began stomping on it.  The youth stopped and explained “ the reason we did this is because we are the only country in the world that is ashamed to admit our heritage.  Because of the stigma we still carry from world war 2 we are ashamed to admit we are german.  One by one I watched youth get up and walk forward and embrace and just begin to weep pretty soon the whole camp was at the altar, hugging, and crying, praying for one another.  For over an hour.  To this day it was one of the most beautiful moments I have ever had the privilege of being part of.

 

In the midst of death I cause life to arise.   The miracle of new life.

 

  1. Miracle of New Life
    1. Physical Life – (Children, open wombs, raising from dead.). We have several people who have been told thy can’t have children and the Lord has worked a miracle. Several who are still waiting for theirs.  Maybe you are the miracle to the child instead of the child being a miracle to you
    2. Spiritual Life – (There is spiritual death, no growth, stagnant waters, or New Hunger, new thirst, flowing waters.)we all go through spiritual dry spells. No life. Spiritual renewal new passion and new life
    3. Relational Life – Broken relationships, friendships, or children. The

situation looks dead. (Josephs story). Even after a rotten family fight. The lord restored relationship. God mend relationships. Sometimes we have to take firs step

  1. Season of Life – (Not to young or to old. Show you His purpose for your life in His season.)

 

Which of the 4 do you need a miracle?  

People available to pray at the Altar

Jason come up at the end

 

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The Fundamentals

Proverbs 22:6 “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”

  1. Training requires:
    1. Repetition
    2. Consistency
    3. Opportunity
  1. We form their character by how we train:
    1. Intentional
    2. Unintentional
  1. The Spiritual Fundamentals (Giving good gifts) Matthew 7:11 “So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”

Rounded – In the Spirit Galatians 5:22 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

  1. Right Priorities
  2. Right Character
  3. Right Living

Grounded – In His Son Ephesians 3:16-17 “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”

  1. Worship
  2. Prayer
  3. Devotions
  4. Fellowship

Surrounded – by His people Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

  1. Influencers
  2. What are they seeing, hearing, and doing

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John 1:14-17 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’” Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

  1. Full of Grace and Truth
    1. Full= complete, covered in every part
    2. Grace – unmerited favor, gushy, forgiving
    3. Truth – it hurts, it stings; it is what you need to hear, but not always what you want to hear
  2. The tension
    1. How can you be both grace and truth? (it’s a contradiction)
    2. Woman at the well – Grace: he met with her, Truth: you’ve had five husbands, Grace: I have water you will never thirst again
    3. Woman caught in adultery – neither do I condemn you
    4. Truth: you did wrong, Grace: it’s okay I love you
      Truth: it’s not ok it’s sin and it’s wrong, Grace: you’re forgiven and I love you
    5. Truth= your accountable, Grace= your forgiven
    6. It’s why church is hard, some want all truth and some want all grace
    7. Secret is knowing when to be truth and when to be grace.
  3. How do we find the balance (Sponge- has a rough side and a soft side)
    1. Truth can be softened
    2. Own your faults and mistakes (we want truth for others and grace for ourselves)
    3. Lying, whitewashing, devaluing never helped anyone
    4. When you speak truth, offer grace quickly
    5. Watch your tone
    6. Try to maintain a balance of both

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Christianity: The Model

Posted: June 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

Matthew 5:1-16 “One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them. “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way. “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

 

  1. The Church’s brand: Disciples

The world labeled us as Christians.  Jesus branded us Disciples

  1. The Church’s logo: The Cross

History shows that thousands have been crucified. In fact, Rome crucified 2,000 people on a cross in one day.  But the cross represents one.  We have it on our walls, wear around our neck, tattoo it on our arms it is our logo

  1. The Church’s mission: Change the world through love

Remember week one this new commandment, “Love as I have loved.”
Everyone thought he was going to change the world through war. Instead he was counter cultural, claiming we change the world through love.

  1. The Church’s strategy: The Beatitudes

That is God’s plan for changing the world. The speech that started it all. It gave us our value systems, our habits and behaviors.

  • Poor, sad, humble, righteous, merciful, pure, peaceful, persecuted and insulted waiting for a reward in heaven.

 

  1. The Church’s Objective:

To be Salt

  • Preserves- rub meat with salt to keep from rotting
  • Flavors- it gives it something extra special
  • You don’t see it but it changes the flavor it spreads
    If you don’t the word stinks, rots and decomposes
    Everyone has value in the eyes of God

To be Light

  • Guides- your word is a light
  • Exposes- what is hidden and what is dark.
  • Invites

 

We are all strategically placed by God to be seen. In our jobs, in our schools, in our communities. They will see your good deeds and they will praise God.
Was someone a light to you?

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Christianity: Coach or Cop

Posted: June 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

Something amazing happens when we are all on the same page, when brothers dwell together in unity. We are all going in the same direction. Often we are judged for being an outsider. Like wearing a USC shirt to a Notre Dame game. You get the eyes, the the sneers, the stare down.
We gain a reputation. When you think of Lady Gaga, or Raider fans, or Nordstrom you have a reputation come to mind. When people think of Christians, a certain reputation comes to their mind. How do we change our reputation?
The defining characteristic of how we love like Jesus is how we treat people. It is just like how a coach makes you better. A coach can help you get to the next level and Jesus does the same.

When we look at John 8 we see the story of a woman who has been caught in adultery. The religious had become the cop, judge, and jury. Jesus however tells the woman “neither do I condemn you”. He didn’t condone but he also didn’t condemn.

Draw someone to Jesus because of the Jesus they see in you
Matthew 28: 19 “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19 is NOT saying “Therefore go and impose my teaching, values, and worldview on all nations, threatening them with judgment and destruction if they do not obey everything I have commanded you.” An interpretation many people create from the passage.

 

Let’s take a look at 1 Corinthians 5.
Corinth was like Vegas.  Imagine a Christian doing something so gross, so morally wrong that even the people in Vegas would go “EEEEEWWWWW”. Essentially, that is what is happening in Corinth.
vs. 1-5″I can hardly believe the report about the sexual immorality going on among you—something that even pagans don’t do. I am told that a man in your church is living in sin with his stepmother. You are so proud of yourselves, but you should be mourning in sorrow and shame. And you should remove this man from your fellowship.Even though I am not with you in person, I am with you in the Spirit. And as though I were there, I have already passed judgment on this man in the name of the Lord Jesus. You must call a meeting of the church. I will be present with you in spirit, and so will the power of our Lord Jesus. Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns.”

vs. 9-13 “When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”

3 Moral Standards – (Rev.3:16)

  • Biblical
  • Non-Biblical
  • “Christian” Morality (Self-Defined) Take what they want out of both and come up with their own version of morality. (Moral relativism)

Judge or Judge Not – (Vs.12)

  • Disciples – Yes
  • Heathen – No
  • Hand Over – Oxy Moron. How does handing over someone to Satan help them deal with their sin(Prodigal)

Don’t divorce yourself relationally. They need to see Jesus. People will not come if they feel judged
With all my tattoos – yes
With all my failures – yes
With all my flaws – yes
With all my addictions – yes
With my same sex attraction – yes
Jesus will make you new “born again”

Coach or Cop
Buddy had a coach in high school that would just yell at him every time he messed up. But he also had another coach who would give him correction. He wouldn’t just yell at him, he would pull him aside and show him how to fix what he was doing wrong. He coached my son.

  • Love Covers – (Noah) hid the shame
  • “The sons of Noah who came out of the boat with their father were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Ham is the father of Canaan.) From these three sons of Noah came all the people who now populate the earth. After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard. One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became drunk and lay naked inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and went outside and told his brothers. Then Shem and Japheth took a robe, held it over their shoulders, and backed into the tent to cover their father. As they did this, they looked the other way so they would not see him naked. When Noah woke up from his stupor, he learned what Ham, his youngest son, had done. Then he cursed Canaan, the son of Ham: “May Canaan be cursed! May he be the lowest of servants to his relatives.””
    There were 2 sons who covered their father while the other one exposed his fathers shame.
    Love Confronts – (Matthew 18) one on one.
    Mercy Triumphs – (James 2:12)

 

Now I am not giving you the right to start watching for mistakes. You are not to be like a cop watching so you can bust me.  I am giving you the right to approach me in love when my theology or behavior will lead me down a wrong path.
Every house has rules and Mom & Dad are the judges. To have a reputation and order you have to follow the rules.

It is not our responsibility to judge those outside the relationship with God. We can’t hold someone to a biblical standard that has not embraced the Bible. When we get this right people might feel guilty but they will not feel condemned. We want people to feel drawn to what we believe and not manipulated.

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Last week we talked about the command Jesus gave his disciples at the last super. Love as I have loved. By this you will be noticed as my disciples.
 
Anne Rice  is a famous author who wrote the Vampire Diaries.  In 1998 she became a Christian. She began to write christian fiction.  In fact, her first book was the foundation for the young messiah movie that just came out. A few years ago she posts this…
 

“For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not to being ‘Christian’ or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.”

She didn’t quit God or following Christ.  She quit being identified with a group that was being portrayed as a quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious and deservedly infamous group.

 
Everything I ever needed to know I learned in Sunday school, usually in song. A song I will never forget comes from 1 John 4:7 and 8. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
 
 
1. God is Love– vs.8
  • Everything boils down to love -forgiveness, healing, provision, deliverance
  • God is the complete definition of love
  • The love you are looking for can only be found in Him
2. No love, no God: Know love, know God
  • “Born again”- The way you love changes
  • Supernatural vs Natural love- Anybody can love those who love them. Loving your enemies is supernatural
3. Love is Shown- I was there I saw it, stoning of the woman, touching the hem of his garment, feeding the hungry, healing the blind and mute.  Raising Lazarus from the dead. He didn’t just talk it.  He lived it.
  • Actions speak louder than words vs. 10
4. We “ought” to Love
  • Ought = debt
  • We owe it to God to love
  • People don’t quit “They loved me well”
5. Love so they will see
  • How will they see? Through Jesus Christ’s disciples
  • Who will see it? Family, work/school, community
Love in such a way that no one can repeat what Anne Rice says.  People will be drawn to love like that.
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John 13:33-38 “Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can’t come where I am going. So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” Simon Peter asked, “Lord, where are you going?”And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.” “But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I’m ready to die for you.” Jesus answered, “Die for me? I tell you the truth, Peter—before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.”

Christianity can be defined in many different ways.  In fact, many will answer with, “Can you clarify what you mean”? If you are meaning a bible thumper, reality tv crazy, judgemental prude……don’t put me in that camp. But I love Jesus and I go to church.

Acts 11:26“When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.)”

 

Christian = Follower of Christ, Worshiper of Christ

Disciple = Learner, one who follows one’s teaching

A disciple says “How would you do that? That’s how I will do it.”  “How would you answer, that’s how I’ll answer.”   They are a disciple. Whatever you do, I will d0.

Jesus is talking with his disciples at the last supper. Peter says, I’m your disciple,  where you go I go.  Jesus responds with you can’t come with me, but I’m giving you something new.  For 3 years you have been with me, today I am giving you a new concept.  It’s out of the box.  In fact, it is the last concept I will give to you.  Here it is…..Are you ready….Love one another.
That’s it, that’s the new out of the box idea.  That’s the thing that is gonna change the world.

Maybe you didn’t catch it….As I have loved you…..

Love….As I have loved

            Remember

  • I forgave you and didn’t condemn you (70X7, Peter stoning of woman)
  • You failed and I didn’t expose you (Peter denial, do you love me)
  • I believed in you when you didn’t believe in yourself (Matthew, zacheas, lower class/upper class)
  • I corrected you in Private and didn’t berate you in public (Cast out demon)
  • I welcome you and didn’t turn you away (Little children, Judas)

By this one thing: What Would Jesus Do

Do you know where the phrase came from?  It is from an old book called “In His Steps”.  A pastor grabs hold of 1 Peter 2:21 and challenges his congregation to not make any decision until they ask WWJD, and then make their decision based upon that.
“For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.”

1 Peter 2:21 NLT
The book follows the lives of several congregants and how much their lives are changed.

A follower or a disciple-  Do we identify with Christ “He was a good person” or are we a disciple of Christ?

  • Called Out (Family, identity. Are you a Christian?)
    By this new way to love, everyone will know you are my disciples. ( Have you ever had someone just call you out…You are a Christian aren’t you?) How did they know?  They watched you love.
    To be recognized as a disciple, it is not how loud you sing, How much you give, how long you pray, it is how you love.
  • Reach Out (I don’t know if I want to be one……)
    Love in such a way that people are drawn to question. How you treat women, your work ethic, how you interact as a family.
    People will say, “I don’t know if I want to be one, but I want to work for one, I want to hire one” Someone I know that works for a city has said “I have found that our faith based employees are better employees, they work harder, they are more pleasant and more reliable.”

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