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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

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

Full Message:

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


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

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/17-11-19-how-to-stay-faithful-in-exile-part-1-daniel-1-tah-guest-andrews.mp3”

Part 2: 28 mins

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/17-11-19-how-to-stay-faithful-in-exile-part-2-daniel-1-tah-guest-andrews.mp3”

Full Message:

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/17-11-19-how-to-stay-faithful-in-exile-full-message-daniel-1-tah.mp3”


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.

*Picture courtesy of mannymanueliii.blogspot.com

God Pursues Israel!

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Part 1a: 22min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/2017-08-06-god-pursues-israel-pt1a-hosea1-3-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 21min 

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/2017-08-06-god-pursues-israel-pt1b-hosea1-3-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 43min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/2017-08-06-god-pursues-israel-hosea1-3-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

“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.

 

God Reveals Himself To Isaiah!

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Part 1a: 18min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/2017-07-09-god-reveals-himself-to-isaiah-pt1a-isaiah6-1-8-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 20min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/2017-07-09-god-reveals-himself-to-isaiah-pt1b-isaiah6-1-8-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 38min

https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/2017-07-09-god-reveals-himself-to-isaiah-isaiah6-1-8-guest-andrews-tah.mp3″

Main Passage: Isaiah 6:1-8

The prophet Isaiah had a vision of God high and lifted up—holy and glorious in His temple. In light of God’s piercing holiness, Isaiah received a proper vision of his own sin and unworthiness. But God, in His grace, restored Isaiah to service and gave the prophet a message for the people. Like Isaiah, we too are undone by the vision of God’s glory, but through His grace, God deals with our sin and then commissions us to deliver His message of love to the world. – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is holy and glorious beyond compare. “Our God is a consuming fire. He is satisfied only when His love totally consumes us…We should not resent the fact that God wants to guard our relationship with Him. It should bring us comfort.” – Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby

Christ Connection:

Isaiah had a vision of a throne room with a divine King. Jesus later claimed that Isaiah had seen His glory and thus the prophet’s words were about Him (John 12:32,41). Like Isaiah, when we see ourselves in light of God’s holiness, we recognize our sinful state and need for salvation.

Missional Application:

God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to live in light of our salvation by willingly delivering His message to the world, no matter how unpopular it may be.

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The God Who Answers With Fire!

the god who answers with fire

Part 1a: 21min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/2017-06-11-the-god-who-answers-with-fire-pt-1a-1kings-18-17-39-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 22min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/2017-06-11-the-god-who-answers-with-fire-pt1b-1kings-18-17-39-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 43min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/2017-06-11-the-god-who-answers-with-fire-1kings-18-17-39-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Main Passage

1 Kings 18:17-39

“On Mount Carmel, the prophet Elijah demonstrated the stark contrast between the demand placed on our lives by pursuing false idols and the resources God provides for us to pursue our relationship with Him. In the end, one pursuit leaves us bled out and used up; the other pursuit builds us back up and ministers to us so we can minister to others.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme

False gods demand strenuous effort and sacrifice, but the true God- Father, Son and Holy Spirit,  is known by His grace and power.

Christ Connection

The prophets of Baal danced and slashed themselves before the altar, thinking they must bleed in order to express their devotion. But the true God is different than false gods like Baal. He expressed His devotion to us by sending His Son—Jesus Christ—who bled and died for us so that we could receive His grace through faith.

Missional Application

God- Through His Holy Spirit, calls us not to hesitate or be hindered by idolatry but to join in His mission of turning people’s hearts back to Him.

“The god who answers with fire will challenge the source of your faith. God has started a work in you that He is faithful to complete.” – Pastor Richard Andrews

 

The Father Loves And Likes You Fest – 2017 Videos

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All Videos for The Father Loves And Likes You Fest 2017 are now available to watch on YouTube!

Theme: “Sharing In The Overflow” – John 7:37-39

“It was clear to us what God’s WORD was to us and that is – I’ve redeemed you – and I am going to redeem you! It’s OK…and You don’t have to be afraid to be vulnerable, because I have redeemed that, and I am with you now to see things restored and reconciled…..and there are ways for us to begin to participate as he shares the Spirit with us, so, really, we have nothing but a reason to say THANK YOU to God, and in the Psalms it says – ‘Clap your Hands’” – TJBrassell

The Father Loves And Likes You Fest 2017!

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Thursday, October 12th Good News Event

Opening Good News Message: GCI National Intern Development Coordinator Anthony Mullins

“Contentment And The Big Ask!”

Part1a: 25min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-12-thursday-contentment-and-the-big-ask-anthony-mullins-pt1a-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 28min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-12-thursday-contentment-and-the-big-ask-anthony-mullins-pt1b-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 53min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-12-thursday-contentment-and-the-big-ask-anthony-mullins-tah.mp3”

 

Friday, October 13th Good News Events

Introduction to Break-Out Sessions and Prayer – 5 min

Pastor Timothy Brassell – Lead Pastor GCI Baltimore MD.

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-13-intro-to-breakout-sessions-prayers-timothy-brassell-tah.mp3”

  • Session 1) Anthony Mullins – GCI National Intern Development Coordinator

“Life Together: The Overflow Of Community!” – 50min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-13-life-together-the-overflow-of-community-anthony-mullins-tah.mp3”

  • Session 2) Timothy Brassell – Lead Pastor GCI Baltimore, MD.

“Discerning The Signs Of Our Current GCI Times!” – 65min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-13-discerningnthe-signs-of-our-current-gci-times-timothy-brassell-tah.mp3”

  • Session 3) Bill Winn – Lead Pastor GCI Richmond, VA.

“Participating In Jesus’ Generosity!” – 38min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-13-participating-in-jesus-generosity-bill-winn-tah.mp3”

 

Evening Good News Messages

  •  1) Ann Vinson – Pastor GCI Baltimore MD.

“Are You Overflowing With The Holy Spirit?”

John 7: 37- 39 –  39min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-friday-good-news-message-john7-37-39-ann-vinson-tah.mp3”

  • 2) Richard Andrews – Pastor GCI Baltimore MD.

“It’s Good News: Jesus Is Life!” John 6- 63 –  32min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-13-it-is-good-news-jesus-is-life-john3-63-richard-andrews-tah.mp3”

 

Saturday, October 14th Good News Messages

  •  1) Calvin Simon – Lead Pastor GCI Norfolk, VA.

“Jesus Is All We Need Despite Our Feelings!” Matthew 11: 27-30 NIV – 28min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-14-jesus-is-all-we-need-despite-our-feelings-matt11-27-30-calvin-simon-tah.mp3”

  • 2) Bill Winn: Lead Pastor GCI Richmond, VA.

“Can You Here Me?” – 30min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-14-can-you-here-me-bill-winn-tah.mp3”

 

Sunday, October 15th Concluding Good News Message 

Timothy Brassell: Lead Pastor GCI Baltimore, MD.

“Return to Jesus – Your Pastor and Guardian!” 

Part 1a: 36min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-15-return-to-jesus-your-pastor-and-guardian-pt1a-matt9-35-timothy-brassell-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 44min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-15-return-to-jesus-your-pastor-and-guardian-pt1b-matt9-35-timothy-brassell-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 80min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-10-15-return-to-jesus-your-pastor-and-guardian-matt9-35-timothy-brassell-tah.mp3”

 

God’s Word To Us Going Forward – 34sec

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/gods-word-to-us-t-brassell.mp3”

“It was clear to us what God’s WORD was to us and that is – I’ve redeemed you! and I am going to redeem you! It’s OK…and You don’t have to be afraid to be vulnerable because I have redeemed that and I am with you now to see things restored and reconciled…..and there are ways for us to begin to participate as he shares the Spirit with us so really we have nothing but a reason to say THANK YOU to God, and in the Psalms it says – ‘Clap your Hands'” – TJBrassell

Solomon Builds The Temple

beacon of light

Part 1a: 22min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-04-23-solomon-builds-a-temple-pt1a-1kings5-8-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 21min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-04-23-solomon-builds-a-temple-pt1b-1kings5-8-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 43min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/2017-04-23-solomon-builds-the-temple-1kings5-8-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Main Passages: 1 Kings 5:1-5,    1 Kings 8:10-14,54-61

“Solomon built a temple for the Lord, and that temple bore God’s name, manifested God’s presence, and represented God’s glory to the world. As Christians, we belong to the church, described by the apostles as “the temple of God.” In the Old Testament, the temple referred to a place. In the New Testament, the temple refers to a people. We are being built together as God’s residence—a beacon of light and hope to the world.”- The Gospel Project

Theological Theme:

Because of the Holy Spirit’s presence, God’s people are the temple of God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit today, the people who bear His name and join His mission.

Christ Connection:

The temple was to be a place where the name of God would be upheld and the presence of God would be experienced so that the nations would know that the Lord is God. Jesus spoke of Himself as God’s temple, and in His life, death, and resurrection, He upheld God’s name, embodied God’s presence, and extended God’s mission.

Missional Application:

God through His Holy Spirit, calls us to be devoted to Him in obedience so that the original purpose of the temple can be fulfilled—the people of the earth will know our God is King.

“The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God.”, – C.S. Lewis.

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The King Who Needs A Savior

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Part 1a: 22 min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/2017-03-05-the-king-who-needs-a-savior-pt1a-2-samuel-11-1-17-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Part 1b: 23min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/2017-03-05-the-king-who-needs-a-savior-pt1b-2-samuel-11-1-17-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Full Message: 45min

“https://trinityandhumanity.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/2017-03-05-the-king-who-needs-a-savior-2-samuel-11-1-17-guest-andrews-tah.mp3”

Main Passages: 2 Samuel 11:1-17,26-27: Psalm 51:1-13

“King David fell into sin and experienced all of its ugly consequences. In David, we see sin’s capacity to enslave us and to motivate us to cover it up. But we also see the possibility of renewal through confession. As believers, we must see all of our sin as an offense toward God and rely on the forgiveness available to us through the sacrifice of the Father’’s Son in order to be restored.” – The Gospel Project

Theological Theme

All sin is ultimately directed toward God- Father, Son, and Spirit.

Christ Connection

Even David, the greatest of Israel’s kings and a man after God’s own heart, was a sinner in need of redemption. In the story of David, we recognize that all of us need forgiveness through the sacrifice of the perfect King, Jesus Christ, who would take upon Himself the punishment our sins deserve.

Missional Application

God, through the Holy Spirit, calls us to be transparent about our sin and to live in repentance so that others will know there is hope for forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

“God’s gift is offered to all in order to be received by all. It is received by having faith in what God in Christ through the Holy Spirit has done for us. It is by faith in the grace of God that we begin participating in the relationship Jesus has restored, and start receiving the benefits included in that relationship.” The God Revealed in Jesus Christ – a Booklet

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