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The Pharisee and the Tax Collector!

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Part 1a: 29min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/2018.09.09.the-pharisee-and-the-tax-collector-part1a-luke-18.9-14-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 29min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/2018.09.09.the-pharisee-and-the-tax-collector-part1b-luke-18.9-14-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/2018.09.09.the-pharisee-and-the-tax-collector-luke-18.9-14-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”


Main Passage: Luke 18:9-14


“In Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, we see the danger of self-righteousness, our human need for mercy, and what it means to be justified by faith. God calls us to recognize our sinfulness and our need for His mercy and in humility to proclaim the gospel of grace to those who trust in themselves. “-The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, exalts the humble and humbles the exalted.

Christ Connection:

The tax collector’s cry was for God to turn away His wrath from a sinner. Through His life and sacrificial death as our substitute, Jesus was the Wrath of God that our sins deserved. Like the tax collector, we too can cry out to God to have mercy on us! We can receive Jesus as the Wrath of God Who absorbed and put our sin to death in his suffering and death! We can also receive the forgiveness he grants full and free in his abundant grace!

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us not to look down on others but to look up to Him for salvation so that our participation with Him in humility and grace would be attractive to those who are still trusting in themselves.

“All the worst pleasures are purely spiritual: the pleasure of putting other people in the wrong, of bossing and patronizing and spoiling sport, and backbiting; the pleasures of power, of hatred…A cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute.” –C. S. Lewis 

 

“Self-righteousness wears many disguises. The scary thing about self-righteousness is that we usually don’t recognize it in ourselves. We think because of our religious practices that we are okay with God. We think because of how we pray that we are trusting in Him, not in ourselves. We think because of how we live that we are doing better than the people around us. Self-righteousness stinks; unfortunately, we are the last to smell it on ourselves….

But even when our self-righteousness is cloaked in words of gratitude or manifested in actions that, on the surface, appear to be done out of a desire for God’s glory, self-righteousness is still self-justification. It is misplaced trust that leads to misplaced judgment. As it has been said, “We judge others by their actions and ourselves by our intentions.” We judge people around us more harshly than we would dare judge ourselves….

The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector gives us a vivid portrait of pride versus humility, of justification by works versus justification by faith. As Darrell Bock comments:

Pride preaches merit; humility pleads for compassion. Pride negotiates as an equal; humility approaches in need. Pride separates by putting down others; humility identifies with others, recognizing we all have the same need. Pride destroys through its alienating self-service; humility opens doors with its power to sympathize with the struggle we share. Pride turns up its nose; humility offers an open and lifted-up hand.

According to the gospel, we are to trust in God alone for our salvation, and we trust in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness,” the old hymn goes. The gospel cuts to the heart of our tendency to trust in ourselves and in our own righteousness. The gospel also shatters the sense of superiority we may feel toward others. As long as you are looking up to God for salvation, you can’t look down on anyone else. Once you know how much you need the mercy of God, how in the world can you look down your nose on someone else in need of the same mercy?” -The Gospel Project

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The Sower And The Soils!

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Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/2018.08.05-the-sower-and-the-soils-mark41-9-mark414-20-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Mark 4:1-914-20


“Jesus taught His disciples about how God’s kingdom actually comes. Jesus’ message is spread liberally, like the casting of seed by a sower, but people’s responses are not determined by the content of the message but by the condition of their hearts. Jesus’ parable of the sower and the soils helps us understand why, as we share the gospel, some people respond in faith and others do not.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

People respond in different ways to the message of the gospel of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Christ Connection:

Jesus is the Sower who scattered the seed (God’s Word) through His ministry on earth. Today, He continues to proclaim the gospel through His disciples, and the gospel continues to bear fruit among those who receive the message.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to sow the seed of His Word with reckless abandon, trusting that the Lord of the harvest will bring fruit from the gospel.

“I would put it to you, my dear hearer, have you been fruitful? Have you been fruitful with your wealth? Have you been fruitful with your talent? Have you been fruitful with your time? What are you doing for Jesus now? Salvation is not by doings, you are saved by grace, but if you are so saved, prove it by your devoted life. Consecrate yourself anew this day wholly to your Master’s service. You are not your own, but bought with a price, and if you would not be like these thorn-choked seeds, live while you live, with all-consuming zeal.” –Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

“The seed of God’s Word does not bounce off the surface of this heart. It does not momentarily flourish only to shrivel under adversity. It is not divided by its competing desires and strangled. It is a heart that allows God’s Word to take deep root in it. It produces first a harvest of character: ‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law’ (Gal. 5:22-23). Then it produces a harvest of good works (Eph. 2:10).”  –R. Kent Hughes

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Jesus Rejected At Nazareth!

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Part 1a: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2018-07-01-Jesus-Rejected-At-Nazareth-Luke414-30-Part1a-Guest-Andrews-TAH.mp3”

Part 1b: 27 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2018-07-01-Jesus-Rejected-At-Nazareth-Luke414-30-Part1b-Guest-Andrews-TAH.mp3”

Full Message

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2018-07-01-Jesus-Rejected-At-Nazareth-Luke4.14-30-Full-message-Guest-Andrews-TAH.mp3”


Main Passages: Luke 4:14-30


“Jesus spoke in the synagogue in His hometown of Nazareth. After He read the words of Scripture, Jesus claimed to be the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy and that His mission was to free people held by various types of bondage and sin. The people in Jesus’ town rejected Him as a prophet and rejected His message of liberation. As followers of Jesus, we should expect to face opposition and experience hostility because of the gospel, but we can also depend on the Spirit’s power to endure.” -The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Rejection and opposition do not stop God – Father, Son, and Spirit’s ministry of empowerment.

Christ Connection:

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote about God’s plan to send a Messiah who would bring good news and redeem people who were in captivity. Jesus read Isaiah’s words and told everyone that He is the promised Messiah who fulfills Isaiah’s prophecy.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to endure in our mission even when we face rejection from the people closest to us.

“Try and work your home life or business life according to the rule of Jesus Christ and you will find…a continual semi-cultured sneering ridicule; nothing can stand that but absolute devotion to Jesus Christ…Christianity is otherworldliness in the midst of this-worldliness.” –Oswald Chambers

“What a Savior we have in Jesus! Although He faced rejection and opposition, the ministry of the Holy Spirit empowered Him to remain steady in order to complete the mission to seek and save those who were lost. It’s comforting to know that God had not abandoned Israel and that hundreds of years before Jesus was even born, God spoke to the prophet Isaiah to share a message that freedom from sin was coming. Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise to redeem people out of the captivity of sin. Now we can find the hope we need to endure when we face rejection and persecution. No matter if it comes from a stranger that we just met or a coworker that we’ve been sharing the gospel with or even a family member who rejects us for our stance for Jesus, may we rally among other believers to encourage them and remind them of Jesus who endured opposition for our sakes! May we reengage with those who have rejected us with the refreshing truths of the gospel of Jesus who is seeking to ransom them from captivity!” – The Gospel Project

Jesus Calls The First Disciples!

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Part1a: 20min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-05-13-jesus-calls-the-first-disciples-part1a-matt417-22-matt99-13-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part1b: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-05-13-jesus-calls-the-first-disciples-part1b-matt417-22matt99-13-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-05-13-jesus-calls-the-first-disciples-full-message-matt417-22-matt99-13-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”


Main Passages: Matthew 4:17-22   Matthew 9:9-13


“Jesus extended a call to repentance to unlikely and unexpected people. Instead of ignoring the call, the first disciples abandoned their old way of life and received Christ’s invitation to follow Him. Now, as believers in Christ, we have the privilege of answering God’s call to discipleship and then extending the same call to those who need to repent and believe” – the Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Discipleship is faithfully following  The son of God, Jesus, as Savior and Lord, through The Spirit’s power, and to the Father glory.

“We cannot come thinking we are someone special or a person of privilege. We come with the understanding that we are nothing without Him…We bow before the Master because godliness demands submission.” –Ted Traylor

Christ Connection:

In choosing 12 disciples (representative of 12 tribes), Jesus was forming a reconstituted Israel, not around the Law of Moses but around Himself as Savior and King. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus saves us and calls us to follow Him in obedience.

“Here they proved that they were true sons of Abraham, because by a similar pattern they followed the Savior on hearing God’s voice. For they immediately gave up hope of material advantage that they might seek eternal rewards.” –Chromatius

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to follow Jesus and to join His mission of telling others the good news of salvation with unlikely, unpopular, and unexpected people.

“Today, Jesus is calling people from every walk of life to leave their selfish pursuits and follow Him. It takes wisdom to understand the nature of God’s particular call on your life. It may not require that you walk away from your family business or sell all your belongings. But it will definitely require you to give up the idea that you command your own destiny. It will mean you give up any trace of selfish ambition that affects your life decisions. God’s kingdom must be first. The call to follow Jesus is the call to submit to Him as King and Lord. On this side of the cross, we know that Jesus has purchased us with His blood (Rom. 3:24-25). We belong to Him. He owns us. That’s why we ask God to remove the remaining selfishness in our hearts and replace our desires with His heart for the world and His plan for our lives (Ps. 37:4). As we submit to God, He does amazing things through us. The beauty of God’s call to repentance is that He brings together people from various backgrounds and groups in order to highlight His glorious work of redemption. He calls people you’d least expect. He does things you would never predict. He doesn’t just call “the cream of the crop” to be His spokespeople but unlikely people whose life-change will demonstrate the glory of His work.” – The Gospel Project

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The Father Loves And Likes You Celebration 2018 Messages!

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THEME: “Where God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Is Our Main Event and Activity!”


Full Video Playlist Of Messages on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjILC4-exBRb9leV1gqy0qGWnYAkXTK1R


Thursday, October 11th, 2018 

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by Timothy Brassell – Lead Pastor, New Life Baltimore MD.

“The Heart Of Christian Faith Is God – Father, Son, and Spirit Himself!” Part1

Main Bible Passages: John 14 – 16

WatchVideo on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHtpZBe3umw

Audio:

Full message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-11-the-heart-of-christian-faith-is-god-father-son-and-spirit-himself-john14-16-part1-full-message-tah.mp3”

Part1a: 37min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-11-the-heart-of-christian-faith-is-god-father-son-and-spirit-himself-john14-16-part1-part1a-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 33min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-11-the-heart-of-christian-faith-is-god-father-son-and-spirit-himself-john14-16-part1-part1b-tah.mp3”

” The most basic thing in Christianity is God – Father, Son and Spirit, who is the main event and the main activity. Since God is God – Father, Son, and Spirit, this means that at the center of everything is a relationship!…

He came into our flesh and he placed inside of our actual flesh His own relationship as Father, Son and holy Spirit. …..We are empty apart from God. We have our own natural life as he created. We have our natural relationships but those arn’t love because God is love and God has to be intimate with you in order for you to share in God’s actual love and life. So God had to come inside our humanity in Jesus Christ to place His love and life inside of our humanity so that we can actually taste of God’s real life and love…

Now we know what salvation is…..sharing in the life and love of The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, being in an actual relationship with God.

The good life is built with good relationships and that is because you come from a relational God – Father Son and Holy Spirit. I encourage you to take a few dates with Him instead of screen time. Talk with your mate, or whomever else is in your room or  whomever you’re spending time with…..Talk about this God because He is the main event and activity. He is where you’ve come from and He is where you’re heading whether you like it or not  but he has placed it into Jesus for you to be able to like it and not just to like it but to love it” – Pastor Timothy Brassell


Friday, October 12th, 2018

 by Timothy Brassell – Lead Pastor, New Life Baltimore MD.

Breakout: “Gospel Coaching In Courageous Conversation” Part 1 & 2

Questions and Responses

Main Bible Passages: Mal 3: 16-18

Watch Video On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxhzdKpNeIQ&t=44s

Audio:

Full message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-breakout-gospel-coaching-in-courageous-conversationpt-1-2-full-message-mal-310-13.mp3”

Part1a: 34min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-breakout-gospel-coaching-in-courageous-conversationpt-1-1-part1a-mal-310-13.mp3”

Part 1b: 24min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-breakout-gospel-coaching-in-courageous-conversationpt-1-2-part1b-mal-310-13.mp3”

Part 1c: 26min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-breakout-gospel-coaching-in-courageous-conversationpt-1-2-part1c-mal-310-13.mp3”

Part 1d: 24min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-breakout-gospel-coaching-in-courageous-conversationpt-1-2-part1d-mal-310-13.mp3”

Part1e: 27min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-breakout-gospel-coaching-in-courageous-conversationpt-1-2-part1e-mal-310-13.mp3”

 


Friday, October 12th, 2018

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by Ann Vinson – Assistant Pastor New Life Baltimore MD.

“You Are Not a Grasshopper!”

Main Bible Passages: Numbers 13: 33

Watch On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MkczqlHqaE&t=7s

Audio:

Full message: 35min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-you-are-not-a-grasshopper-numbers-13,33-vinson-tah.mp3”

“We are children of the most high God. There is no higher honor than that. You have been drawn by God. What report do you have? What did God say? He has prepared a place for you. He loves you. He has you in His arms. You are His children. Go take the land. It is flowing with milk and honey. It’s yours. May the grace of God fill your hearts as we share this good news with all that we meet.” – Pastor Ann Vinson


Friday, October 12th, 2018

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by Calvin Simon – Lead Pastor New Creation Community Church – VA.

“Goodness Gracious Lord!”

Main Bible Passages: Col 1: 15-23

Watch On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MkczqlHqaE&t=7s

Audio: 

Full message: 31min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-12-goodness-gracious-lord-col-115-23-simon-tah.mp3”

“God’s greatest desire for us is for us to enjoy Him. Romans 12. This is how good God is….He knows that us trying to struggle to do things for Him is not going to lead us to life, but He says, if you will just take a minute and look at the things I have done for you, that will give you that praise that you want to have in you. This God wants you to know that He has been good and He has been faithful and He has been just all your life and without Him, you never would have made it.” – Pastor Calvin Simon


Saturday, October 13th, 2018

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by Richard Andrews – Assistant Pastor New Life Baltimore MD.

“Living The Contented Life In Christ!”

Main Bible Passages: Phil 4: 1-13

Watch On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NERjMQzKsKM

Audio: 

Full message: 50min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-13-living-the-contented-life-in-christ-full-message-phil-4-10-13-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part1a: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-13-living-the-contented-life-in-christ-phil-4-10-13-part1a-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-13-living-the-contented-life-in-christ-phil-4-10-13-part1b-andrews-tah.mp3”

“For those of us who want to live contented lives, we do so by fellowshipping with God’s people (Gen 1-26). God – Father, Son, and Spirit has always existed in perfect relationship for eternity. So when they say, “let us make man in our image”, it is let us make them to relate like us…….

I need you because, I was created to need you, so when I’m looking at some other thing and I am not looking at Jesus, I need you to say, “look at Jesus”. When I am struggling with abandonment issues and my self-worth before the father and wondering what’s going on with me, I need my brother to come tell me “look at Jesus” …..

We need each other because we are created in God’s image. We were created to relate to one another because that is how God is. He is the relational God.

If you want to live the ultimate life. If you want to live a contented life, stay connected to the source of life” – Pastor Richard Andrews


 Sunday, October 14th, 2018 

by Timothy Brassell – Lead Pastor, New Life Baltimore MD.

“The Heart Of Christian Faith Is God – Father, Son, and Spirit Himself!” Part2

Main Bible Passages: John 14 – 16

Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO7qxlse4Fo&t=2s

Audio:

Full message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-14-the-heart-of-christian-faith-is-god-father-son-and-spirit-himself-pt2-full-message-john-14-16-tah.mp3”

Part1a: 35min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-14-the-heart-of-christian-faith-is-god-father-son-and-spirit-himself-pt2-part1a-john-14-16-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 40min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-10-14-the-heart-of-christian-faith-is-god-father-son-and-spirit-himself-pt2-part1b-john-14-16-tah.mp3”

“The way the Christian life works is that we begin to have a central focus on Jesus because God The Father has chosen that we won’t even see Him except in the face of Jesus! So Jesus ought to be coming out of our lips, out of our teachings, out of all that we say and do. The life of God has been centered in flesh in the person of Jesus!” Pastor Timothy Brassell

“At the centre of the New Testament stands, not our religious experience, but a unique relationship between Jesus and the Father. No one knows the Son except the Father and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him (Matt. 11.27; John 1.18, 17.25-26). This unique relationship is vividly described as one of mutual love, mutual self-giving, mutual testifying, mutual glorifying. Indeed, there is a oneness of mind between the Father and the Son, revealed supremely in the Cross, ‘to bring many sons to glory’ (Heb. 2.10), ‘that we might receive the adoption of sons’ (Gal. 4.5ff)—that we might be drawn by the Spirit into that unique life of shared communion.”—James F. Torrance

“Worship is the gift of participating through the Spirit in the incarnate Son’s communion with the Father.—James B. Torrance, Worship, Community and the Triune God of Grace

The prime purpose of the incarnation, in the love of God, is to lift us up into a life of communion, of participation in the very triune life of God.—James B. Torrance

Jesus In His Father’s House!

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Part 1a: 26min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-04-22-jesus-in-his-fathers-house-part1a-luke-2-40-52-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 27min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-04-22-jesus-in-his-fathers-house-part1b-luke-2-40-52-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Full Message:

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-04-22-jesus-in-his-fathers-house-full-message-luke-2-40-52-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”


Main Passage: Luke 2:40-5


“Jesus has a zealous love for God’s Word. As a young boy visiting the temple, Jesus asked questions and gave answers to the religious leaders. In response to His parents, who misunderstood Him, Jesus declared that He was involved in His Father’s work. Here we see Jesus as a fully human boy yet totally devoted to His Father and submissive to His earthly parents. As we join Jesus in being about His Father’s work, we too are called to grow in wisdom and obedience as we showcase His glory.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

As a boy, Jesus demonstrated His commitment to God- Father, Son and Spirit’s law and to the mission His Father gave Him.

Christ Connection:

As Jesus grew, He increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and with people. His life prepared Him step by step to implement the eternal mission He was given by His Father—to die on the cross for our sins and rise again in victory.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to grow in wisdom and obedience as we join Jesus in being about the Father’s work.

“God’s Word to us in the person of Jesus Christ is a reference point, a source of equilibrium, a message of grace, the promise of forgiveness and healing that stands forever, in spite of our failures and sin and brokenness.”  –Marva Dawn

“When we walk with the Lord In the light of His Word, What a glory He sheds on our way! Let us do His good will; He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey. Not a burden we bear, Not a sorrow we share, But our toil He doth richly repay; Not a grief or a loss, Not a frown or a cross But is blest if we trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet We will sit at His feet, Or we’ll walk by His side in the way; What He says we will do, Where He sends we will go; Never fear, only trust and obey. Trust and obey, For there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey.
–John H. Sammis

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From Abraham To Jesus!

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Full Message: 38min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/18-3-11-from-abraham-to-jesus-full-message-matthew-1-1-7-tah-guest-andrews.mp3”


Main Passage: Matthew 1:1-17


“Jesus’ identity is rooted in the fulfillment of the promise that through Abraham God would bless all the nations, in the promise made to David of an eternal kingdom, and in the promise made to God’s people that one day they would return from their long exile, back to the land that was promised. As Christians, grafted into the family of God, Jesus’ genealogy is also ours, for we trace our heritage back to Abraham, our forefather in the faith. In this historical line, we discover our truest identity in Christ, the One through whom God has kept all His promises.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

The Son of God, Jesus the Christ, will fulfill God-Father, Son and Spirit’s ancient promises to His people.

Christ Connection:

In the genealogy at the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel, we see how God’s plan of redemption is traced from Abraham to David and now to the birth of Jesus—the One who fulfills God’s promises to Abraham and David. Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus incorporates us into Abraham’s family of faith.

Missional Application:

God the Father, through the Holy Spirit, calls us to proclaim Jesus as the central figure of history and the only One in whom salvation is found.

“Have you ever struggled with the question “Who am I?” It is one of those basic questions that need asking again and again if we are to grow and mature as the world changes around us and as the world inside us changes. It is the question of identity….. To answer any identity question, it is always best to go back to the beginning. “In the beginning…” Jesus is the fulfillment of a promise first spoken to Abraham, who was not just some hero of the faith—and Jesus is his direct descendant!

Jesus’ connection to the promises of God are a flesh and blood link to His genetic ancestors. Their DNA flows in Jesus’ veins. This is not “a roll call of great men”; these are members of Jesus’ family! Invariably He bore some distant resemblance—the shape of His face or perhaps the inflection of His voice. These ancestors were the unique recipients of unique promises from God. Jesus will be the One through whom each and every promise will be perfectly and completely fulfilled.” – The Gospel Project

“Now is the moment, Matthew is saying, for [salvation] to happen. The child who comes at the end of this line is God’s anointed, the long-awaited Messiah, to fulfill all the layers and levels of the prophecies of old.” –N. T. Wright

“Jesus is the perfect and trustworthy One who will lead us home, who will rescue us from the exile that was the result of our stubborn disbelief and sin. Through the ancestral promises made to Abraham and David, Jesus, their direct descendant, will perfectly and completely accomplish what God intended from the beginning: “I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people” (Lev. 26:12). In Jesus we find the fulfillment of the promise first made to Abraham to bless the nations….

Some rabbis have said that you have not really walked alongside someone until you realize that their story is also your story. When we come to the life situation of the first readers of Matthew’s Gospel, the truth of that statement comes to life…..In the years to come, those of us who follow Jesus of Nazareth will inevitably experience separation and exclusion, perhaps even exile. It is already the experience of our brothers and sisters all over the world. The promises made to Matthew’s first readers almost two thousand years ago are just as alive and relevant to us today as they were to the frightened followers of Jesus in the first centuries of the church.” – The Gospel Project

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Nehemiah Prays!

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Part 1a: 23min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/18-2-11-nehemiah-prays-part-1a-nehemiah1-1-2-8-tah-guest-andrews.mp3”

Part 1b: 24min

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Full Message:

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Main Passage: [Nehemiah’s Prayer] Nehemiah 1:1–2:8


Nehemiah cried out to God in prayer on behalf of his people for God to restore them in the promised land. As we read the story of Nehemiah, we are reminded that we follow a God who forgives and redeems and who supplies whatever we need to accomplish His purposes. As Christians, we believe God will bring His kingdom and restore our world, and we pray and act with confidence in His promise. –  The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Prayer is motivated by concern for God – Father, Son and Spirit’s glory and care for His people.

Christ Connection:

Nehemiah believed God would keep His promise to bring His people back home, and this is why he prayed and took action the way he did. As Christians, we believe God will keep His promise to restore the world as a home for His people. Jesus is the One who prays to the Father on our behalf, and He is the only way to salvation. He IS our Salvation!

“As Jesus prays for those the Father has given him, he is fulfilling the will of his Father (John 17). Our prayers, too, are part of the great sweep of God’s plan for his people. God’s sovereignty does not rob history of significance; to the contrary, it is God’s plan that gives human history meaning. We do not know how to pray as we should, in the light of God’s purposes. But for that very reason his Spirit who dwells in us makes intercession according to the will of God (Rom. 8:27).”

Missional Application:

Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, and in participation with him, calls us to embrace the burden of seeking our Father’s glory and caring for God’s people and then to pray and take action as we engage in His mission.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus told the disciples to pray for their needs, after He told them that God knew all their needs before they even asked? This sounds strange unless you understand that in prayer God enlists us as participants in the work He is doing, as a part of the outworking of His sovereign providence in creation. Sam Storms puts it well, “Never be deceived into thinking that God will give you apart from prayer what He has promised to give you only through prayer.”  Prayer is the means to accomplish God’s will. God has designed the universe in such a way that He will act and intervene when we ask according to His will. Through prayer, we become an instrument to bring about God’s appointed end. The chief end of God is to display His glory to all of creation. When we pray, we join Him in that mission. For this reason, all prayer should be motivated by a concern for God’s glory and care for His people. – The Gospel Project

How To Stay Faithful In Exile!

Faithful

Part 1: 27 mins

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Part 2: 28 mins

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Main Passage: Daniel 1


Theological Theme: As Christians, we can trust in God – Father, Son and Spirit’s guidance even while we are in exile here on earth.

Christ Connection: Daniel stayed true to his identity, obeyed God, and was a testimony to God’s grace. He points forward to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who willingly embraced a sinful world without ever defiling Himself and through His death and resurrection became the greatest picture of God’s grace the world has ever known.

Missional Application: God, through the Holy Spirit, calls us to be a shining testament to His grace by remaining true to our identity in Christ and living in holiness.

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God Pursues Israel!

God pursues

Part 1a: 22min

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Part 1b: 21min 

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Full Message: 43min

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“The life and, in particular, the marriage of God’s prophet Hosea shows us the great lengths that God goes to in order to pursue the people He loves. Despite our unfaithfulness, God loves us still and is willing to take on the personal cost and sacrifice of bringing us into and keeping us in right relationship with Him. Because of His love, God continually goes after unfaithful people like us, and in this pursuit, He provides a model for how we are to pursue others with the good news of His love.” – The Gospel Project

“The ultimate happiness in life is the conviction that one is loved; loved for oneself—better still loved in spite of oneself.” – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Main Passages: Hosea 1:2-9; 2:14-23; 3:1-5

Theological Theme

The initiative for our salvation is in the loving heart of God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

“He lifts us up out of ourselves to participate in the very life and communion of the Godhead, that life of communion for which we were created.” – J.B. Torrance, Worship Community and the Triune God of Grace. (Pg. 22)

Christ Connection:

Hosea’s relationship with Gomer reminds us of God’s relationship with the people of Israel, and with us. Even though God’s people are unfaithful and love other things more than God, God still loves us. It was because of His love that God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sin and bring us back to Him.

“He [Jesus] does not appease an angry God to condition Him into being gracious, but in perfect acknowledgment of the holy love of the Father for a sinful world, seals God’s covenant purposes for all humanity by His blood.” – J.B. Torrance, Worship Community and the Triune God of Grace(Pg. 49)

Missional Application:

God through His Holy Spirit calls us to pursue others with the good news about the God who pursues us at great cost to Himself.

 

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