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Walking in Harmony

Walking in Harmony

June 3, 2019

June 2 2019

5:22- 6:9

Walking in Harmony

 

 

 

Ephesians 5:22-24

22 Wives, submit[e] to your husbands as to the Lord, 23 because the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives are to submit to their husbands in everything.

 

 

Ephesians 5:25-26

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[f] her with the washing of water by the word. 

 

33 To sum up, each one of you is to love his wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her husband.

 

Ephesians 6:1

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, because this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise,…

 

 

 

 

Ephesians 6:5

Slaves, obey your human[c] masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart,…..

 

 

6:5

Slaves, obey your human[c] masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as you would Christ.

 

Ephesians 6:6

 Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, do God’s will from your heart. 

 

 

Ephesians 6:

Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to people, 

 

 

Ephesians 5:knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord

 

But…Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to people, knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 6:  So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward. But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

 

 

And masters, treat your slaves the same way, without threatening them, because you know that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.

 

 

Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to people, knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord.

 

Purity of the New Mind

Purity of the New Mind

May 26, 2019

The Purity of the New Mind

Eph 4:17- 5:21

 

Ephesians 4:17 17 Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their thoughts. 

 

 

 18 They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them and because[e] of the hardness of their hearts. 19 They became callous and gave themselves over to promiscuity for the practice of every kind of impurity with a desire for more and more

  • Futility of Thoughts apart from Christ

 

  • Darkened in understanding
  • Deep Ignorance
  • Hardened hearts
  • Callous
  • Unclean ---
  • Alienated from God…

 

The Escape

20 But that is not how you came to know Christ, 21 assuming you heard about him and were taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to take off[g] your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires, 23 to be renewed[h] in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on[i] the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.

 

 

Eph. 4:3 –

Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to live worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

 

28 Let the thief no longer steal. Instead, he is to do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. 

 

Vs. 24 –

24 and to put on[i] the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.

 

Eph. 5:1-2 –

Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children, and walk in love, as Christ also loved us and gave himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. 

 

 

Eph4: 31 Let all bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander be removed from you, along with all malice

 

Eph. 5:6, Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient[b] because of these things

To whom do we listen?

  • Not yourself ----
  • Luke 9:23-24 ---- “If anyone wants to follow after[d]me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, ….
  • Romans 12:2 – The reason Paul do not be conformed be transformed by renewing your mind…. So that you may discern the will of God.
  • Not Satan ----
  • Revelation 12:9 - So the great dragon was thrown out—the ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the one who deceives the whole world…….
  • Not those around you ---
  • Ephesians 5:6 - Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient[b]because of these things.

 

 

 

 

5:17 17 So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

 

4:17 17 Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their thoughts

 

20 But that is not how you came to know Christ, 21 assuming you heard about him and were taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to take off[g] your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires, 23 to be renewed[h] in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on[i] the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.

 

Eph. 5:19-21 – 19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music with your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of Christ…..

 

 

This is how we submit….

James 4:7 Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

We Submit…..

Lies we tell ourselves

The sin we enjoy

The Anger that feeds the bitterness we embrace, that produces the foulness of our mouths spoken and thought.

 

 

 

Job 29:14 --- I put on righteousness, and it clothes me.

Psalm 132:9 --- Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, And let Your godly ones sing for joy.

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race,[j][k][l] a royal priesthood,[m] a holy nation,[n] a people for his possession,[o] so that you may proclaim the praises[p][q] of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

 

 

24 and to put on[i] the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.

 

Eph 4:1-16

Eph 4:1-16

May 20, 2019

May, 15 2019

Ephesians 4:1-16

Ephesians 4:1-3

Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to live worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 

 

 

Ephesians 4:3-6

making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope[a] at your calling— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

 

 

Galatians 3:27-29

27 For those of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ. 28 There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female; since you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.

 

 making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope[a] at your calling— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. For it says:

When he ascended on high,
he took the captives captive;
he gave gifts to people.[b]

But what does “he ascended” mean except that he[c] also descended to the lower parts of the earth?[d] 10 The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, to fill all things. 11 And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. 14 Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit. 15 But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head—Christ. 16 From him the whole body, fitted and knit togetherby every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.

 

 

 

 

Look at verse 12

12 equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, 

 

 

Because those in Christ…are….

16 From him the whole body, fitted and knit togetherby every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part.

 

To be in Christ you must…. Repent, believe, confess

Honor and Obey

Honor and Obey

May 15, 2019

Mother’s Day

May 12 2019

Eph. 6:1-3

 

 

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, because this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life in the land.

 

 

 

 

 

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, because this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life in the land.

 

 

 

Children, obey your parents in the Lord….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 8:27 And the men marveled, saying, "What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"

Mark 1:27 And they were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, "What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him."

Mark 4:41 And they became very much afraid and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?"

 

 

 

Luke 2

41 Every year his parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival.42 When he was twelve years old, they went up according to the custom of the festival. 43 After those days were over, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents[u] did not know it. 44 Assuming he was in the traveling party, they went a day’s journey. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 46 After three days, they found him in the temple sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all those who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked them. “Didn’t you know that it was necessary for me to be in my Father’s house?”[v] 50 But they did not understand what he said to them.

51 Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them. His mother kept all these things in her heart. 

 

 

 

 

John 2

On the third day a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’s mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were invited to the wedding as well. When the wine ran out, Jesus’s mother told him, “They don’t have any wine.”

“What does that have to do with you and me,[a] woman?” Jesus asked. “My hour has not yet come.”

“Do whatever he tells you,” his mother told the servants.

Now six stone water jars had been set there for Jewish purification.Each contained twenty or thirty gallons.[b]

“Fill the jars with water,” Jesus told them. So they filled them to the brim. Then he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the headwaiter.”[c] And they did.

When the headwaiter tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from—though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom 10 and told him, “Everyone sets out the fine wine first, then, after people are drunk, the inferior. But you have kept the fine wine until now.”

11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him.

12 After this, he went down to Capernaum, together with his mother, his brothers, and his disciples, and they stayed there only a few days.

 

On the third day a wedding took place in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’s mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were invited to the wedding as well. When the wine ran out, Jesus’s mother told him, “They don’t have any wine.”

“What does that have to do with you and me,[a] woman?” Jesus asked. “My hour has not yet come.”

“Do whatever he tells you,” his mother told the servants.

Now six stone water jars had been set there for Jewish purification.Each contained twenty or thirty gallons.[b]

“Fill the jars with water,” Jesus told them. So they filled them to the brim. Then he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the headwaiter.”[c] And they did.

When the headwaiter tasted the water (after it had become wine), he did not know where it came from—though the servants who had drawn the water knew. He called the groom 10 and told him, “Everyone sets out the fine wine first, then, after people are drunk, the inferior. But you have kept the fine wine until now.”

 

 

John 19

25 Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

 

Position in Christ

Position in Christ

May 15, 2019

Eph. 2

   What we are in Christ!

May 5 , 2019

Ephesians 2

 

 

 

Belief + trust = faith

 

 

Eph. 2; And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you previously lived according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit now working in the disobedient.

 

We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also

 

 

13 But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

 

 

 

Psalm 49; But God will redeem me
from the power of Sheol,
for he will take me.

 

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Ezekiel 37:  He led me all around them. There were a great many of them on the surface of the valley, and they were very dry. Then he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”….. Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Lord God says to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you will live. I will put tendons on you, make flesh grow on you, and cover you with skin. I will put breath in you so that you come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”

 

Brought to life

 

Eph. 1:In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding

11 In him we have also received an inheritance

13 In him you also were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed. 

 

12b we who had already put our hope in Christ might bring praise to his glory.

 

 

Why were we brought to life?

 

 

Eph.2:10 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.

 

19 So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, ….

To be unity in Christ…

 

 

Eph. 2 19 So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building, being put together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you are also being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.

 

 

22 In him you are also being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.

 

John 16

13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak on his own, but he will speak whatever he hears. He will also declare to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.

 

Ezekiel 37

This is what the Lord God says: I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them, my people, and lead you into the land of Israel. 13 You will know that I am the Lord, my people, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I am the Lord. I have spoken, and I will do it. This is the declaration of the Lord.’”

In Christ

In Christ

April 29, 2019

Ephesians 1:1-14

In Christ

 

Ephesians 1:

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will:

To the faithful saints in Christ Jesus[a] at “Tampa

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Ephesians 1:3-14

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ. For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him.[c] He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he lavished on us in the Beloved One.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding.[d] He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he purposed in Christ 10 as a plan for the right time[e]—to bring everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on earth in him.

11 In him we have also received an inheritance,[f] because we were predestined according to the plan of the one who works out everything in agreement with the purpose of his will, 12 so that we who had already put our hope in Christ might bring praise to his glory.

13 In him you also were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed. 14 The Holy Spirit is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of the possession, to the praise of his glory.

 

 

  1. Adopted through Jesus

 

 

 

  1. In Christ we are redeemed

Eph. 1:In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding.

 

  • 1 Peter 1:18-19 - 18 For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb.

 

 

 

 

  1. In Christ we have an

 

  • according to his good pleasure that he purposed in Christ 10 as a plan for the right time[e]—to bring everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on earth in him.

 

 

 

Romans 8: 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba,[g]Father!”

 

 

 

  1. The gospel of your salvation!

 

 

13 In him you also were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed. 14 The Holy Spirit is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of the possession, to the praise of his glory.

 

The Triumph of Jesus

The Triumph of Jesus

April 14, 2019

Palm Sunday

The Triumph of Jesus

April 14 2019

1 Kings 1:32-40, Zecheriah 9:9-11

 

 

Luke 19: 28 When he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples 30 and said, “Go into the village ahead of you. As you enter it, you will find a young donkey tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it.31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say this: ‘The Lord needs it.’”

32 So those who were sent left and found it just as he had told them.33 As they were untying the young donkey, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the donkey?”

34 “The Lord needs it,” they said. 35 Then they brought it to Jesus, and after throwing their clothes on the donkey, they helped Jesus get on it.36 As he was going along, they were spreading their clothes on the road.37 Now he came near the path down the Mount of Olives, and the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen:

38 Blessed is the King who comes
in the name of the Lord.[e]
Peace in heaven
and glory in the highest heaven!

 

 

 

1 Kings 1:  38 Then the priest Zadok, the prophet Nathan, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Cherethites, and the Pelethites went down, had Solomon ride on King David’s mule, and took him to Gihon. 39 The priest Zadok took the horn of oil from the tabernacle and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the ram’s horn, and all the people proclaimed, “Long live King Solomon!” 40 All the people went up after him, playing flutes and rejoicing with such a great joy that the earth split open from the sound.

Matthew 21:4

This took place so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled:

 

 

 

  1. God Promised a redeemer!

 

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem!
Look, your King is coming to you;
he is righteous and victorious,[b]
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

 

Isaiah 62: 11 Look, the Lord has proclaimed
to the ends of the earth,
“Say to Daughter Zion:
Look, your salvation is coming,
his wages are with him,
and his reward accompanies him.”

 

Genesis 49: 10 The scepter will not depart from Judah
or the staff from between his feet
until he whose right it is comes[c]
and the obedience of the peoples belongs to him.
11 He ties his donkey to a vine
and the colt of his donkey to the choice vine.
He washes his clothes in wine
and his robes in the blood of grapes.

 

 

 

 

 Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem!
Look, your King is coming to you;
he is righteous and victorious,[b]
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

 

 

 

  1. God did what He said he would do.

 

Luke 19: 34 “The Lord needs it,” they said. 35 Then they brought it to Jesus, and after throwing their clothes on the donkey, they helped Jesus get on it.36 As he was going along, they were spreading their clothes on the road.

 

 

 

37 Now he came near the path down the Mount of Olives, and the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen:

Psalm 118: He who comes in the name
of the Lord is blessed.
From the house of the Lord we bless you.

 

 

39 Some of the Pharisees from the crowd told him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”

40 He answered, “I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out.

 

 

  1. He is going to do it again!

 

 

Zechariah 9:10

10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the horse from Jerusalem.
The bow of war will be removed,
and he will proclaim peace to the nations.
His dominion will extend from sea to sea,
from the Euphrates River
to the ends of the earth…….

 

 

 

 

Zechariah 12: A pronouncement:

The word of the Lord concerning Israel.
A declaration of the Lord,
who stretched out the heavens,
laid the foundation of the earth,
and formed the spirit of man within him.

“Look, I will make Jerusalem a cup that causes staggering for the peoples who surround the city. The siege against Jerusalem will also involve Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who try to lift it will injure themselves severely when all the nations of the earth gather against her. On that day”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness. I will keep a watchful eye on the house of Judah but strike all the horses of the nations with blindness. Then each of the leaders of Judah will think to himself: The residents of Jerusalem are my strength through the Lord of Armies, their God. On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves; they will consume all the peoples around them on the right and the left, while Jerusalem continues to be inhabited on its site, in Jerusalem. The Lord will save the tents of Judah first, so that the glory of David’s house and the glory of Jerusalem’s residents may not be greater than that of Judah. On that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that on that day the one who is weakest among them will be like David on that day, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord, before them. On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

 

 

 

10 “Then I will pour out a spirit[a] of grace and prayer on the house of David and the residents of Jerusalem, and they will look at[b] me whom they pierced. They will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child and weep bitterly for him as one weeps for a firstborn. 

 

 

 

 

 

Romans 10If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,”and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame,

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Colossians 4:2-6

3/31/19

 

Colossians 4:Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains, so that I may make it known as I should. Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.

 

 

 

Mark 3:9 - Then he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, so that the crowd wouldn’t crush him. 

 

 

Revelation 7:

11 All the angels stood around the throne, and along with the elders and the four living creatures they fell facedown before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying,

Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and strength
be to our God forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.

 

 

 

Col. 1:9 - For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding….

 

 

 10 so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God….

 

The Gospel

The Gospel

March 26, 2019

The Gospel

 

Genesis 3:15,21; John 3:16-21 ; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

  1. God made a way out of our brokenness.

 

Genesis 3:21 21 The Lord God made clothing from skins for the man and his wife, and he clothed them.

 (John 3:16, 16 For God loved the world in this way:[a] He gave[b] his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

 

  1. The gospel is simple: Jesus died for our sins, was buried and raised from the dead

(1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel I preached to you, which you received, on which you have taken your stand and by which you are being saved, if you hold to the message I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.

 

 (Romans 1:16).

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel,[i] because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek

 

1 Cor. 15

10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

 

 

 

 

  1. We must repent and believe the gospel(Mark 1:15).

 

Mark 1: 15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

 

 (John 3:17-21).

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. 19 This is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the light and avoids it,[g] so that his deeds may not be exposed. 21 But anyone who lives by[h]the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.”

 

  1. God helps us recover and pursue His design for our lives.

 (Ezekiel 36:26-26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone[f] and give you a heart of flesh.

  • Jeremiah 31:31 "Look, the days are coming"--this is the LORD's declaration--"when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.

 (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has[d] come! 18 Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.19 That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed the message of reconciliation to us.

20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: “Be reconciled to God.” 21 He made the one who did not know sin to be sin[e] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

 

Brokenness

Brokenness

March 19, 2019

Brokenness

Gen. 3:1-19

3/17/19

 

 

 

Gen. 3: Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden. But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You must not eat it or touch it, or you will die.’”

“No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. “In fact, God knows that when[a] you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God,[b] knowing good and evil.” The woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

 

  1. We chose to depart from God’s Design.
  • Isaiah 53:6 We all went astray like sheep;
    we all have turned to our own way;
    and the Lord has punished him
    for[c] the iniquity of us all.
  • Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the[a]glory of God

 

  1. When we depart from God’s design, it always leads to brokenness.

Genesis 3:Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze,[c] and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

10 And he said, “I heard you[d] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.”

 

 

  1. Brokenness disrupts God’s design

Genesis 3: 10 And he said, “I heard you[d] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.”

11 Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man replied, “The woman you gave to be with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate.”

13 So the Lord God asked the woman, “What is this you have done?”

And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent:

Because you have done this,
you are cursed more than any livestock
and more than any wild animal.
You will move on your belly
and eat dust all the days of your life.
15 I will put hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.

16 He said to the woman:

I will intensify your labor pains;
you will bear children with painful effort.
Your desire will be for your husband,
yet he will rule over you.

17 And he said to the man, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘Do not eat from it’:

The ground is cursed because of you.
You will eat from it by means of painful labor[e]
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.

 

 

  1. Brokenness can help us see the need for change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 3:15 I will put hostility between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and her offspring.
    He will strike your head,
    and you will strike his heel.
  • 3:21 The LordGod made clothing from skins for the man and his wife, and he clothed them.

 

 

Romans 5:For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proveshis own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. How much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by his blood, will we be saved through him from wrath. 10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.